The writer Elizabeth Eshelman tagged me in a chain questionnaire. Figured it was a good time to share some info about my NaNo novel. This is supposed to be titled “My Next Big Thing: My Next Project,” but I retitled it to fit this blog. Here we go.
–Rion Amilcar Scott
What is the title of your book?
It comes from an African proverb I saw in a dead prez video: Together the ants can conquer the elephant.
Where did the idea come from for this book?
I was standing in a restaurant waiting on food while my wife and son went upstairs to grab a table. The thought occurred to me (and it was only a joke) that it was a perfect time to run. I realized then that I had a great premise for a novel. I had a character already that would do something like that and I figured, Hey, I’m not done with him yet. Then I asked the question, where is he running to. I remembered a fragment I wrote for a grad school class about a made-up Caribbean nation that becomes the property of a corporation. So then I thought, That’s where he’ll run.
What genre does your book fall under?
Literary fiction, I guess, but as I get older I’ve become less and less interested in what category a piece of work falls under and more interested in the story.
How long did it take to write the first draft?
Ha! Still writing, began Nov. 1st and am scheduled to be done on Nov. 30, no matter what my word count says.
What actors would you use for a movie rendition of your book?
If it were 10 years ago I’d say Denzel Washington. Every actor that comes readily to mind is too old or inadequate in some way. I know I want Spike Lee to direct and the RZA to do the score.
What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Searching for adventure and the chance to be a part of something larger than himself, Kin Samson abandons his family and finds himself part of a revolution on the Caribbean island of Bimin.
Will it be self published or represented by an agency?
I have to finish it before I figure that out, don’t I? I will say that I have little interest in self-publishing. (and please do not fall for self-pub scams, even if the do have venerable names attached to them).
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the idea of NaNoWriMo. t felt like a fun challenge, but I knew it would be more meaningful if I brought it to my community at Bowie State so we could get several books out of it instead of just one. That’s several people practicing and trying to master their craft.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I suppose I’d compare it to Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It contains the sentences: Outside swirled a storm, a fantastic storm, the weathercasters were saying. One for the books. The not-quite-storm-of-the-century, but some places it was already storming. Some places it’s always storming.