Interview with Bob Brill

Where do you get your ideas?
Early in the morning, before breakfast or any other
activities, I open my journal and start writing without any
thoughts or topics in mind. I just keep the pen flowing to let my
unconscious mind spout whatever wants to come out. No worries
about grammar, spelling, editing or even making sense. A lot of
garbage comes pouring out, but often I find jewels floating in
the barf. Later I work these up into poems or stories.
Why did you decide to become an indie writer?
The mainstream publishers are in business to make money. In
the present financial climate and with the rise of ebooks, they
no longer try to publish the best work. They ask for originality,
but they are really looking for work that's like the last
blockbuster best seller. I don't write to earn an income, so I
don't write what the publishers want. I write to please myself
and to become myself.
What is your greatest joy in writing?
Writing is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it is
extremely rewarding. I don't write for fame or money. I just like
doing it. I get pleasure when I write something I think is good.
I also like it when other people enjoy my work, so I have to
admit there is an element of vanity in it. Recently I read some
poems to an audience of about 35 people, and I was amazed to be
the recipient of a standing ovation. People came up to me
afterwards and told me how much they enjoyed my poems. There was
a tremendous joy in that, but the day to day joy of doing the
work is what sustains me.
How would you describe your development as a writer?
I've had a lifelong desire to be a writer. Although I wrote
the occasional poem or story, I did not begin writing seriously
until 2003 when I set aside my algorithmic art work and focused
entirely on writing fiction. It was late 2005 before a story of
mine was accepted for publication. Meanwhile I began writing the
English language equivalent of Japanese short form poetry
(senryu, haiku, tanka and kyoka).

My development since then has been characterized by an effort to
find my own voice and for me that means more freedom, fewer
rules. I began to feel constrained by the conventionally accepted
rules of fiction writing and also by the constraints of haiku and
related forms. I started writing more free verse poetry which is
less rule bound than rhymed and strictly metered poetry or
tightly structured forms like the sonnet and the sestina.
Recently I discovered prose poetry, which is extremely liberating
for the writer. No rules. I still write fiction and haiku, but
poetry is now my principal focus.

If you want to see where this has led me, go to
where you'll find three of my prose poems in issue 8/4.
Published 2014-01-22.
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Furor Loquendi
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,800. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Jim Burden is afflicted by a powerful compulsion to rant aloud whether other people are present or not. He doesn't know if these wild verbal outpourings are dictated by some demonic force that has taken over his voice or if they originate in his own unconscious mind. Jim struggles to overcome this compulsion, but all the while his uncontrollable words lead him deeper and deeper into trouble.