Bare Back Magazine author interview with...Bob McNeil.
Known for writing political poetry. Bob McNeil has an eclectic personality that is both calming and exciting. His wit and charm coupled with his craft for writing makes him a very unique writer . He has several years of experience writing both poetry and fiction. It was a pleasure to interview him for the April issue of the ezine. You can check out his poem featured in The Very Best of Bare Back Magazine anthology.
NATASHA: Thank you for the interview. Can you tell our readers about yourself and how you got started as a writer?
BOB: I recall reading A Child’s Garden of Verses at the age of six. As a result, a love of all things poetical bloomed. Later in life, the Beats, Imagists and the Negritude Movement nurtured me.
NATASHA: What genre do you write?
BOB: Primarily I am known for political poetry. However, being an eclectic person, I compose all sorts of stories. Over the years, I wrote sci-fi, horror and even pornographic stories, etc. Between you and me, certain magazines paid rather well for x-rated tales.
NATASHA: How would you describe your style of writing? And what can readers expect from your stories?
BOB: Two things are important to me in writing: imagery and rhythm. I want words with the vividness of movies. Also, the words should inspire my spirit to dance.
NATASHA: Where do you get your ideas for your stories? And are you like any of the characters that you write about?
BOB: Life is a constant source of inspiration. Often I want to condemn life for its prejudice and violence. Other times, I want to praise life for its beauty. Amidst life’s dreariness, my mind and pen search for humor. Sometimes, I create stories and poems that serve as rocket ships to take me as far away from this planet as possible.
And, yes, a piece of my psyche appears in all of my writing.
NATASHA: How often do you write? And what is your writing routine to get your creative juices flowing?
I must write everyday. Creativity, like a muscle, must be exercised everyday. If I do not adhere to this regime, my imagination will become lethargic as a sloth.
NATASHA: What advice do you have to anyone wanting to become a writer either full-time or part- time?
BOB: I tell all writers this: read everyday. Just at the point that you tire of reading, read some more. Read classic work and read modern work. Read books that are considered good and books that are called trash. Acquaint yourself with language in its myriad forms. Allow yourself to be inspired by others. But, under no circumstances, imitate others. Each writer provides a fingerprint. Readers want to see your individual print.
NATASHA: Can you share with us anything you are currently working on, and/or any new releases?
BOB: At present, I am working on a manuscript of bizarre short stories. To get a sense of the style, you would have to imagine odd dreams, fantasies and nightmares. Also, I am finishing a collection of personal poems. My verses are becoming more concerned with the microcosm, not the macrocosm. One could call the work confessional.
NATASHA: How can our readers learn more about you and your books?
BOB: Underground Books (http://www.undergroundbooks.org/) is on the precipice of publishing a collection of my political poems. From what I know, the book, Verses of Realness, will be out soon.
Otherwise, unrelated to my books, I have a CD composed of songs and poems that deal with serious social issues. All those who are interested in hearing some deep poetry and music, the CD, Rapping You with the Facts, can be purchased for the nominal amount of $3.00, plus $2.00 postage and handling.
For further enquires about my CD, write me at P.O. Box 144, Hollis, NY 11423 or mcneil_bob@ yahoo.comBesides those aforementioned things, you can find some of my work on the following sites:
In conclusion, I just want to say that your publication is a road to human understanding. Your literary efforts should be praised by anyone who appreciates sensual experiences and the liberating right to express those experiences. So, with that said, I thank you for your continued existence.