Thursday, May 25, 2006

Literary Queerifying


My editor, Don Weise, e-mailed me the blurb that will go into the publisher's catalogue that will help sell my novel "Talking to the Moon." It's too mainstream sounding. He wants me to rewrite it a bit to appeal more to gays and lesbians, part of my core readership. I don't know what I'll come up with, but I have to do it within 24 hours. Above is a picture of the gayest moon I could find. Hopefully, it'll give me inspiration.

This is the original:

"When Jory Lalaban, a Filipino postman, finds himself the target of a racially motivated shooting he is forced to confront long buried memories of his life in the Philippines - how he came to abandon the priesthood to become a worshipper of the Moon; his youth in an orphanage after World War II; the devastating “curse” that forced him and his new bride, Belen, to flee the Philippines for the United States.

The shooting makes international headlines disturbing the quiet life of the Lalabans, a family forced to face its darkest fears. The reader is introduced to a cast of memorable characters like Belen Lalaban, a woman who hears the quirky voice of the Virgin Mary; Emerson Lalaban, the shy son who regularly talks to his dead brother on the phone; Michael, a Taiwanese steward who waits patiently for a guy to say, “I love you”; and William, the racist gunman who demands to be heard. Inspired by an actual event, this funny, rich novel unflinchingly tackles the most explosive topics facing America today: race, religion, and sexuality."

5 comments:

Paul said...

Wow. Now I'm really looking forward to this.

Jason Phoon said...

where'd you find the gay moon picture ?

thelastnoel said...

Paul, I'm looking forward to seeing how this works out, too. And, Jason, I googled gay moon and stuff just came up!

Angelo said...

Looking forward to reading this, Noel.

I just hope that local bookstores would carry it.

Cheers.

Cheryl said...

Based on that description, I'm really excited to read your book. Tell Don I'm queer and I said that. :-)

P.S. I'm trying to picture how a "quirky Virgin Mary" would sound. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.