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What's the working title of your next book?

Families Album. It used to be All Right Then, I'll Tell You Both but the work....evolved.

Where did the idea for this book come from?

You know, I write and travel and tell stories and meet people and do things while I'm writing and travelling and so on, and at some stage it becomes a cycle, right? More audiences means more stories. The beat goes on.

Also, some of you might have heard that I had a kid, aka - in my grandmothers' lexicon - I've "started a family". So that, of course, got me thinking about what family I have started and when and what family I already had and children and reproduction and heteronormativity and monogamy and the privileging of a certain model of family and so forth and so on and book.

What genre does your book fall under?

Non-fiction. Really fucking queer nonfiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hard to know, since they're all real people. Philip Seymour Hoffman could play me, he's good at writers and weirdoes and he's not too skinny yet (I'd prefer John Goodman, but he might be just a bit too much older).

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(I am still trying to figure this out for my author questionnaire. There's something about family trees, I think, but the thing I really want to get to is all the ways we make family and what happens when you just let them all coexist)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It'll be out from the fine folks at Arsenal Pulp Press.

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

I'll let you know when it's done. It's not due 'til April, so that's obviously plenty of time, right? Wait. Right?

What are you listening to as you write?

I have the new Namoli Brennet Live album on quite a bit, and also (don't laugh) the soundtrack from the movie Pitch Perfect. Plus my standby track, Mr. Brightside by The Killers, which somehow always makes the thing go.

Okay, wait, maybe my sentence about my work in progress is something about how my family would not be best recorded on a tree, but as a star chart - constellations of intimacies, galaxies of bodies come in and out of one anothers' orbit, all type and manner of gravitational pulls and seasonal events and new mysteries and re-classifications. Brilliant and powerful and not always predictable.

Yeah. That'll work.

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