Southern California Miles:Trina Gaynon

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The Next Big Thing:

The Alphabet of Romance, Trina Gaynon 


What is the title of your book?


The Alphabet of Romance


Where did the idea for your book come from?


Attending shabbat services with a man I was dating, I struggled to begin to learn the prayers in Hebrew. He bought me an alphabet by Edward Hoffman, published by Chronicle Books.


What genre does your book fall under?


Poetry in the form of an abecedary.


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?


My husband and I discussed a number of actors. My first impulse for the female lead was Diane Ladd. For the male lead, I considered the late Peter Falk, around the age he made Columbo. We decided on a screen team: Stanley Tucci– too bald, too tall, and too Italian to be a quite right and Patricia Clarkson. They’ve made some quirky, intriguing films together.


Other pairs I considered:

William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man series– too much booze, too many bodies

Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in Last Chance Harvey– Harvey is too burdened by humiliations when they meet.


What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?


A woman longs for her distant lover while celebrating her life in northern California.


How long did it take to write the first draft of the manuscript?


Two years, more or less.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?


A man who shambled into my life, bringing an ancient language with him.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?


This series of love poems is rooted in the tradition of The Song of Songs, and moves between a particular time and place and a timeless one.


Will your book be self-published or representd by an agency?


It is available from or Finishing Line Press, at:


I would like to thank Susan Elizabeth Sweeney for inviting me to take part in The Next Big Thing. Her interview is at: