James Cushing – “Next Big Thing” Interview

Author: James Cushing


What is the working title of the book?

The Once-Familiar Shore

Where did the idea come from, for the book?

The book collects what I judge the best poems I wrote between December 2007 and December 2012; other than that, there is no “idea” in the sense of a pre-established theme,
What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary poetry
What actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?
A movie rendition of a poetry collection? Are you kidding?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of this book?
A one-sentence synopsis of a poetry collection? Now I know you’re kidding!
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It’s too soon to know.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I hope readers find the book inspired and/or inspiring. Every poem’s creative process begins differently… The sum total of all those individual “inspirations” constitutes the book.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Five years
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The weave and fabric of the poems themselves.
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