The Next Big Thing: Hannah Brooks-Motl

“The Next Big Thing” is a self-interview series with authors about their recent or forthcoming books. Rescue Press is happy to post Hannah Brooks-Motl's answers in anticipation of her forthcoming collection of poetry, The New Years, to be released in Spring '14.

What is the working title of the book?

The New Years

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The book’s final shape came from my friend, Mark Leidner, who read many many early drafts and at one point was like, what's with all them... titles... ?

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry… maybe, due to lack of titles and hopefully the kind of immersive reading experience one associates with prose, also prose.

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

Werner Herzog, as the sea.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Where am I?

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

The first draft came together out of poems I had written over three or so years; however, consider Mina Loy: “One must have lived ten years to write a poem.”

 Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Coming back to the US after some years abroad; and then going back abroad; and then coming back; and so on; leaving people, and places; finding them again; leaving them once more. Winter.

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

The skype sex.

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

To be published by Rescue Press, saviors of the contemporary poetic.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Francesca Chabrier, Melanie Noel, JoAnna Novak