Monday, September 03, 2012

The Next Big Thing - Week 10 | Love & Art in Post WWII Amsterdam

Chihuly Fruits de Mer

Let me start by thanking Zoe Brooks, who tagged me in her blog Zoe Brooks Books and More to take part in The Next Big Thing. Her introduction reminds me of the Dutch version of playing tag "tikkertje" where the one going after the others touches someone and yells, "Tik jij bent 'em!" In this case I'm to answer questions about the book I'm working on, and then I point out five other women writers who will get to do the same, and so on, and so forth. Look for the next five at the bottom of this post.
Happy reading!


Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing plus My Answers:

  • What is the working title of your book?

FORGIVENESS

  • Where did the idea come from for the book?
In Forgiveness I tell the backstory of my memoir Painting For Life, the premise of which in turn sprung from the factual biography of a Post WWII visual artist in the Netherlands. Already while filing data for the biography I realized there was so much I didn't know, couldn't know, and would never find out, but could reconstruct with the use of the facts and my imagination.
  • What genre does your book fall under?
Forgiveness could be shelved under Literary Historical Fiction.
  • Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
JAKE - In another era, and if I hadn't taken so long getting around writing this novel, I would have wished for Dustin Hoffman. But while he was made-up to look like a very old Jack Crabb in Little Big Man when he was way younger, it's going to be tough to make him look much younger right now. Too bad. 
So, I'm going back and forth between Adam Sandler, or Ben Stiller They both have the stuff it takes to evoke a mixture of laughter and tears in their audiences. Perhaps Sandler and Stiller can share the role, one the charismatic entrepreneur, the other the PTSD suffering artist with a vision, the wish to start another family after the Holocaust. On the other hand I love Stanley Tucci as Julia Child's husband, we know he's got humor and drama down...

As for Mr. Hoffman, if he would consider playing JAKE in Painting for Life, I'll kiss the ground he walks on, and that of his agent, producers, director and I guess the rests of the cast and crew —I Love L.A. so that's not too hard (I do insist on a handkerchief or something else between my lips and the kissing surface). 

NITA second from right
NITA - Maggie Gyllenhaal, hands down. If I didn't know already, according to her fan page Maggie's the most comfortable playing complicated, flawed women. The actress who portrays NITA has to be tall, an unconventional beauty, smart, and sexy to boot. There you go, Maggie will be the IT Girl of Forgiveness

The rest of the cast includes: 

POLDI (Jake's first ex-wife) - Kathryn Erbe
MARIE (Jake's one surviving sibling) - Fran Drescher
JEANNETTE (Nita's mother) - Kathy Bates
HENDRIK (Nita's father) - Hugh Bonneville
HENRIETTA (Nita's younger sister - she's funny and trips over her own feet ...
SOPHIE (Nita's older sister) Phyllis Logan
HANK  (Nita's youngest brother) - you tell me - Martin Clunes
JOHN (Nita's oldest brother) - you tell me after you read the book 
JAN (John's wife) - help me out after you know what ...
  • What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sister of Nazi sympathizer falls for 50-year-old Holocaust survivor, she stalls time, not wanting to share her family secret, by insisting that he has to become a professional artist before she'll marry him and give him a child; will they both deliver? 
  • Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Presented by literary agency.
  • How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One month. During the Fall of 2010 I was a kind of stuck with my memoir. I signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). By the 21st I had written the necessary 50,000 words, and by the 30th I had 80,000 words and a complete novel. 
  • What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Perhaps Sophie's Choice by William Styron comes closest, considering the Post WWII and moral themes, and its love story. I love Esther Freud's novels, all inspired by her rich family history, and I wouldn't mind if someone would compare our source of inspiration, and writing style. 
Considering the scenes that take place in NITA's family though, Downton Abbey comes to mind, which as you know is an original TV series, not created after a book. 
  • Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My parents, their own unlikely love story, my father's determination to become a professional artist at age 50 just so the woman he loved would give him a child. The urge to unveil secrets, in order to prevent repetition, and last but not least the utopian vision the members of the Dutch Government and Resistance workers shared in regards to the welfare of artists in the aftermath of WWII.
  • What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
JAKE and NITA'S interests and endeavors include natural remedies, diamonds, auction houses, dealing in antiques and paintings, breeding Airedale Terriers, and cooking up creative meals. Forgiveness is sought for and from all concerned.
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Following are the names of the authors I'm tagging for The Next Big Thing Week 11 


Visit their blogs, check out what's The Next Big Thing for them, have fun getting to know their work, and leave a comment if you have a moment. Bloggers love knowing what you think!


Message for the tagged authors and interested others:

Rules of The Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post 
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged. 

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