My friend Liesl Jobson, a respected poet and writer, has a new collection of short stories out Ride the Tortoise, published by Jacana. She stepped out on The Next Big Thing, an interlinked blog affair. Liesl asked a bunch of questions about my book:
What is your working title of your book?
My book is called Thinking Up a Hurricane, which refers to my ability to influence global weather systems.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
My book is a memoir, based on a childhood spent at sea, sailing around the world. I put off writing my story for several decades, but I finally decided to go ahead because the tale of sailing around the world, as narrated by a child, had not been told before.
What genre does your book fall under?
Thinking Up A Hurricane is a mixture of genres – travel, memoir and maritime adventure.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
My mother would like to be played by Meryl Streep but I think Charleze Theron would do a better job because she also comes from Benoni and will know how to do the accent. I think Jack Nicholson would be perfect as my dad. An unknown skinny child, with long blonde hair and a sunburned, peeling nose could play me.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A family from Benoni sets off to sail around the world, allowing neither the a cow of a boat, lack of navigation skills, entirely absent sailing skills and insignificant finances to deter them.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
In South Africa, my book is published by Penguin. Hoping for big name agent to land me a plum internationally.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Five years, followed by a year of editing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The Mail and Guardian compared my book to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexander Fuller and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The Sunday Times compared by book to Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum and Dove by Robin Lee Graham.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Writing a book was just one manifestation of my rather drawn-out mid-life crisis.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s one hundred percent true.
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- Thinking Up a Hurricane by Martinique Stilwell
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