Dark Yet Perky: Elizabeth’s Blog Book Tour by Elizabeth Searle
Welcome to my ‘Blog Book Tour’; happy to discuss my works-in-progress here and to introduce three scribes on the rise. THANKS, first, to PAULA TREICK DeBOARD, who asked me to take part in this ‘blog book tour.’ Paula is a stellar novelist and a Stoneocast MFA alum. I knew the minute I read Paula’s workshop work that she is a born storyteller who won’t let you go once you start her compelling tales.
Check out Paula’s blog and Blog Book Tour answers: Live from the Bean (Go, Paula!)
Paula kindly ‘passed the torch’ and a Book Tour question-list to me. In the Blog Book Tour, writers answer the questions below on their blogs and tap other writers to do the same. So I’m happy to answer these questions below, then to introduce three terrific authors whose answers I will be eager to read: Suzanne Strempek Shea, Matthew Phillion and Eugenio Volpe. All have new books out!
First: my own answers to the Blog Tour’s four questions:
1. WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
This will be my longest answer because I am always juggling many balls:
*A NOVEL set on the night of the Boston Marathon bombing man-hunt, centering on one messily ‘blended family,’ a Birth Night gone wrong and a stepson on the run. The novel alternates between a husband and wife– two characters I’ve written about for almost as many years as I’ve been married myself. I have always wanted to take a Birth Night and the ‘stages of labor’ and concoct a novel around that. I didn’t know this novel would also wind up involving the horrifying and riveting Boston bomber man-hunt. But I’ve felt compelled to set my tale on that unforgettable night, since I live in a suburb of Boston that was ‘locked down.’ I take the title of this novel-to-be from a ‘Tweet’ sent out by Mayor Tom Menino after the capture of the bombing suspect: “We Got Him”.
*THREE PERSONAL ESSAYS which will come out in THREE FORTHCOMING ANTHOLOGIES in 2015: Paper Camera from New Rivers Press; an anthology edited by Elizabeth Benedict from Algonquin Press and an anthology edited by Nina Gaby from She Writes Press titled Dumped: Women Unfriending Women, about female friendships run aground. Also we have a reading coming up in October from my most recent anthology, Knitting Yarns, edited by Ann Hood with a super group of fellow contributors.
*Several THEATER WORKS including the latest revisions on my ongoing theatrical adventure, TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA (see our Website). I have written the libretto for a new classical opera, SEVEN RABBITS ON A POLE, based on the play by John Picardi. Stay tuned.
*SHORT STORIES; I have two that I hope to finish to ‘finish’ a new collection…
2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
As you can see above, I work in multiple genres. In fiction and scriptwriting both, I aim for high intensity. I crave a certain mix of tones that I call ‘Dark Yet Perky.’ (more…)