Ten Everywhere: Mel Bosworth and Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom

Posted By bl pawelek - 9th April 2011

In ten words (no more, no less), describe “Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom.”
MB: The madness and joy of young love and its excesses.

How did you come up with the cover?
MB: I love drawing stick figures, and the image of two stick figures intertwined and sharing a heart seemed perfect to me for the original cover with Aqueous Books. When I moved on to Brown Paper Publishing, I deferred completely to the super-enthusiastic Pablo D’Stair for the cover art. He loved the book and was the man who gave it a second life, so it was the least I could do. I love both covers.

p19 – Back in the parallel universe, what is happening these days?
MB: Heh heh. Well, life goes on and the memories live on. I guess I’ll leave it at that.

p23 – When was the last time you searched for M&Ms?
MB: It’s been a while since I’ve searched for M&Ms. Maybe post-Halloween when I was in the throws of a chocolate binge. Stray M&Ms beneath the fridge are just fine if you blow the dust off.

p28 – “This is normal. This is what people do.” Ok, then describe some abnormal please.
MB: Abnormal behavior for a new couple might be sheep shearing. Although, now that I think about it, that might be kind of cool. Instead of mini-golf, sheep shearing should always be a viable option.

p65 – What was the best and worst thing said in your baby voice?
MB: The best thing I’ve said in my baby voice is, “Move over, Beans.” And the worst thing I’ve said in my baby voice is, “Touch my ding dong.”

p80 – I have lost many a rose bush fight. What would you have done differently?
MB: I suppose I would’ve worn long sleeves and gloves. But maybe not. There’s something primal about going into a rose bush fight bare-armed and bare-handed.

Although I am more partial to the “Spell” line (p28), what is the best line in the book.
MB: My favorite line would have to be the closing line of chapter four: “The lampposts were jealous as we glided by.”

What is happening in your life right now that will be classified as “a spell” later in life?
MB: Final revisions for the new book. I feel like my eyes change colors and sometimes I black out. When I go back and read the words years later, I might not recognize them as my own. But my name will be there as an inked reminder that the “spell” has done its work.

If there was a song to act as soundtrack to this book, what would it be?
MB: Glory Bound by Martin Sexton (the acoustic version)

Tell me a part of this book that was not the will of Allah.
MB: Ha! Well, hm. Good question. So much of this book, from its inception to its publishers, was straight kismet. If I had to choose something that was not the will of Allah, I guess I’d have to say, “Everything was the will of Allah, and nothing was not the will of Allah.”

In ten words (no more, no less), describe your next project.
MB: Freight. Folded Word Press. Late 2011. Pure heart. Must read.

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Mel Bosworth, Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom. Aqueous Books and Brown Paper Publishing