The Next Big Thing Blog Hop
I’m thrilled to be participating in a blog hop called, “The Next Big Thing.” I was tagged by humor writer June O’Hara @ The Neurosis Files and asked to answer ten questions about my most recent writing project.
Here are my responses:
Ms. Salkin —
Please call me Lauren.
Lauren, where did the idea for your book or project come from?
I had written a short piece about being unemployed and realized that I had a longer story to tell. Rather than torture my husband, I struck the computer keys.
What is the working title of your book?
I’d rather keep that between the title and me.
What genre does it fall under?
It’s a tongue-in-cheek memoir — a tricky balance between sitcom levity and raw honesty— during a time I stared at the bottom of a metaphorical birdcage, while hanging upside down from the perch.
If applicable, who would you choose to play the characters in a movie?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?
How I survived unemployment and the voices of mass destruction in my head.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I hope to be represented by an agent. If any agents are interested, I’d be happy to rearrange my schedule so we can meet.
How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Six months. The revision has taken over a year. I hope to complete the manuscript in the next week or two.
What other book would you compare this story to within the genre?
Marrying George Clooney because it involves a midlife crisis and crisis of mind, like mine.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was pissed off and needed an outlet for my rage. I felt it was healthier than stalking an ex employer and threatening him.
What else about the book or story might pique the reader’s interest?
If you’ve ever been underemployed, unemployed or happily employed, you’ll be able to relate to my book. I write about the, often, bizarre world of interoffice politics, the difficulty in parsing the truth during an interview and the frustration of dealing with incompetent maniacal bosses.
In the precarious new world disorder, many of us have been fearful of losing our jobs, our homes, our minds. I lost two out of three. Thankfully, my husband and I were always able to pay the mortgage because we ate lots of Macaroni and Cheese.
With that, we end the interview. Ms. Salkin, thank you for your time.
You’re welcome. It’s Lauren!