By Joe | December 19, 2012
I’ve been kindly asked to participate in a global writerly project called ‘The Next Big Thing. Naturally the next big thing is the End of the World, so this is really The Next Big Thing After The Next Big Thing. It’s where writers from different parts of the planet answer the same ten questions about a work in progress.
The writer who passed the baton on to me was the very talented (and equally amiable) Karin Bachmann. You can nosey into her background and writing here.
So here goes:
What is the working title of your book?
Even More Ketchup than Salsa. Took me ages to come up with that one. I mean, what else could you call a sequel to More Ketchup than Salsa? Answers on a postcard please.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Surprisingly it came from the first one. More Ketchup than Salsa covered the first six months of our calamitous career in overseas catering. Even More… continues the story and guarantees more laughs and even more tears. Ok… maybe not guarantees… but certainly ‘tries very hard to provide…’
What genre does your book fall under?
Humour. And Travel. It’s a kind of humorous travel narrative. With romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
Martin Freeman for me, and Joanna Page (Stacy in Gavin & Stacy) for Joy.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A young, inexperienced couple borrow money to forsake a career in fish entrails on a cold British market for life as British bar owners abroad.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Currently talking to agents so watch this space.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
First draft of More Ketchup took six months. First draft of Even More Ketchup is taking several lifetimes and is still not complete. Yet.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Driving Over Lemons, but for the everyday man.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Bill Bryson… author, wit and God-like genius with words.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s all true.