Recently, I was approached by Matthew Hirtes, author of Going Local in Gran Canaria to take part in a kind of viral world domination project called The Next Big Thing, where writers do a blog about their current writing or blogging project and then pass the baton onto other writers or bloggers and link back to the person that got them involved.
So before I tell you all what I’m doing, here’s a bit about Matthew ….. well, he’s married to canariana(!?) with kids and lives in Palma de Gran Canaria. As I’ve said before he’s author of Going Local in Gran Canaria but makes a living writing articles about the Canary Islands for newspapers, magazines both on and off line. You can check out what he’s doing by following his excellent blog …. www.matthewhirtes.com
OK …. let’s move on to me. My current project is in my typical Visca Catalunya! vein and is called Catalonia: The Road To Independence and you can read all about it below. (Publishers should get in touch via the Contact Form ASAP preferably with large amounts of money in mind!)
Catalonia: The Road To Independence
- What is the working title of your book?
- Catalonia: The Road To Independence
- Where did the idea come from for the book?
- Well, I’ve been passionate about Catalan History and Culture for many years – my first book was called Going Native in Catalonia – and with 2014 being the 300 year anniversary of Catalonia’s military annexation by Spain, I had a half-baked idea to write a book about the last 300 years and the difficulties the Catalan language and culture have had to survive. The recent pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona have made an Independent Catalonia a strong possibility, but I doubt whether it’ll have happened before 11 September 2014
- What genre does your book fall under?
- Difficult question …. I’d like to include an element of Travel Writing by involving my own process of identifying with Catalan culture in order to bring the English-speaking reader closer through personal experiences, but basically, it would be History and Politics.
- Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
- Tom Hanks as Artur Mas, John Malkovich as Mariano Rajoy, John Goodman as Oriol Junqueras and Uma Thurman as Alicia Sánchez-Camacho ….. just joking!!!!
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
- A gripping story of how the Catalan Nation regained its freedom against all odds.
- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
- I’d like to get myself an agent for this project and have the full support of a major publisher, particularly because I’d like the book to come out simultaneously in English and Catalan.
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
- I’m a long way from a first manuscript … I haven’t even started work on the synopsis yet. My plan is to continue blogging between now and the elections so that I’ve researched and explored some of the key topics. Then I’ll put together a synopsis over the Christmas holidays and begin touting it round agents and publishers in the new year.
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
- Quite a few writers have written about history and politics from a very personal point of view. Both Barcelona by Robert Hughes and Homage To Barcelona by Colm Toibin are similar both in terms of perspective and subject matter, and I really must read Matthew Tree’s Cat again.
- Who or What inspired you to write this book?
- The Catalans have inspired me almost from the moment I arrived here, and I consider it an honour the way I have been accepted.
- What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
- Apart from its relevance to Spain, I think more than any other independence movement the Catalans could well bring about a paradigm shift in how we view countries, nations and borders. The Usatges of Barcelona is one of the oldest protodemocratic documents in Europe and although there are only 7.5 million of them, I’m confident that they’re more than capable of making the rest of the world sit up and take notice.
Well, that’s me done for then, so here are the future starlets to whom I’m passing on The Next Big Thing baton!!!
Caroline Angus Baker is an author and blogger, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. After publishing a book on depression, Night Wants to Forget, in 2011, she has now turned to writing about her first love and second home, Valencia in Spain. The first book in the ‘Secrets of Spain’ series, Blood in the Valencian Soil, has just been released, and the second novel, Unrestrained Vengeance, is due out in 2013. Visit her website:- www.carolineangusbaker.com
Sheila Crosby (http://starisland.co.uk/) originally went to the Canary Island of La Palma (http://lapalma-island.com/) with a six-month contract, and has stayed 21 years so far. She’s a writer and a tour guide, specialising in astronomy. Her guide book to the observatory “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” (http://dragontree.sheilacrosby.com/blog/a-breathtaking-window-on-the-universe/) will be out in November.
Alan Gandy penned his first book (Walking the Canary Islands: The Adventures of a Grumpy Middle-Aged Expat) in the summer of 2012. It followed his journey as he walked across the seven main Canary Islands for charity, but also dips into his childhood and family history. Alan lives in the hills in Almería with his soulmate, Elle, and their 3 dogs. – www.alangandy.com
Elle Draper lives with the love of her life, Alan Gandy, in the hills of Almería along with their three dogs. Elle has been writing for websites, travel blogs and publications since 2006, and is yet to finish her first book. – www.canarynightlife.net
Jeremy Holland is a former resident of Barcelona and author of From Barcelona: Stories Behind the City. He now lives in Northern Holland and is completing a novel about a man who looks like a monkey. – find out more at www.frombarcelona.com or www.hollandfromholland.com