Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by the amazing John Swain to participate in The Next Big Thing.  You can check out John’s self-interview at this link:

Here is my self-interview! 

The Next Big Thing:  Kevin Ridgeway

What is the title of the book?

All the Rage

Where did the idea come from for the book?

 The majority of the poems in this chapbook reflect on the struggles of early adulthood—mostly my own experiences.  I was writing a lot of work that dealt with a variety of elements around this theme and the poems fit together for a short collection. 

What genre does your book fall under?

 Poetry—free verse poetry.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

 I want Sam Elliot to narrate, and I can’t think of anyone better than Wilford Brimley to play me, in a mop-top wig, of course.  The rest of the parts should be portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis.  In fact, scrap everything else—Daniel Day-Lewis should play all the roles, and direct the film.  We’ll change the title to “Daniel Day-Lewis” for the film version.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

 Journey through the rubble chasing the eye of his youthful storm.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

 Most of the poems were written within a few years.  The earliest one made its first appearance as a rough draft circa 2007.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 I was writing from my own experiences as I weathered the trials and tribulations of transforming from boy to man.  The poems in All the Rage form something of a time capsule of my early to mid twenties, what I was trudging through, what I was feeling—it was natural for a collection, albeit a small one, to materialize from this work. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 There is a lot of sex, drugs and rock n roll in this book, kiddos. 

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

All the Rage is being published by Electric Windmill Press out of Boston.  It will be available this spring, 2013!

I’ve tagged the great Brian Le Lay to respond to these questions.  Check out his answers by next Wednesday, the 27th, at this link:

Sunday, February 3, 2013

All the Rage and Forthcoming Publications

Above is the front cover of my forthcoming chapbook, All the Rage, which will be published in March by Electric Windmill Books.  I have nothing but gratitude and praise for editors Brian Le Lay and Jess Dykstra for the conception and design of it.  I feel like I merely wrote some poems and these brilliant folks are creating something beyond cool that I am very excited about.  I will keep you up to date on its progress and will make an official announcement of its release here and elsewhere.

I got some good news from a few great places on the publication of new poems of mine.  I have two poems coming up in Bank-Heavy Press' "Doughnut Touch Me!" in addition to poems in forthcoming issues of Gutter Eloquence Magazine and The Stray Branch.  Huge thanks to the editors of those fantastic publications!  These developments are certainly helping me to beat the winter blues, for sure.

I will be using this blog more--it is going to be undergoing a makeover with my own personal archives and links to favorite fellow writers and great publications.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks...