Interview with Kevin Alan McGill

What made you want to be a writer?
I don't know that it is so much that I want to be a writer as it is "this is what I do!'

I make stuff up. As long as I can remember I have been wandering through life entertaining people and playing with ideas and scenes in my head.
Well then, when did this change from something you just do to the idea of writing as a career?
The idea has been there for decades and I am only now really getting serious about it.

I wrote this poem when I was thirteen. My teacher praised it. I naively announced that I wanted to become a writer. This was definitely neither the expected nor accepted alternative planned for me. By the time, the dust settled, I had become aware of the existence of me separate from other people's expectations of me.

My path to this point has been long and winding. However, as I have said, in many ways, that poem was the beginning of me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea of just being able to put your stuff out there without all these other people messing with it is just so attractive to someone who has spent his life fighting with bureaucracies.
What are your greatest challenges as a writer?
Keeping focused on any one project for a long time is difficult for me. That's why I don't think I could ever write a novel. Poems, satirical pieces, short stories, op-eds, the Park Bench Philosophy comic strip, - short "in and gone" attacks work well for me. If I had only known about Flash Fiction decades ago (sighs)! ...

Also I am not a very good salesperson. I am kind of shy and private and, yes, sensitive to criticism and rejection. Asking people to buy my books is something at which I am really going to have to work.

Beyond that I don't do melodrama in my real life so I have difficulty including it in my writing, even though that's the most popular genre.
Speaking of genres, what is your favorite genre?
I'm kind of like a sculptor. I let the idea take its shape. That's the idea behind my web-site "the-possible-ks.com". The Possible Ks lets people know that I, Kevin McGill, produce work in a variety of possible genres, ... short genres.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The whole creative process gives me a buzz. It's like solving a puzzle and you go "Wow, did I just do that?"
What are your favorite books?
I am a voracious reader. Sometimes I have to read a book a second time, just because I ate it up so fast the first time.

I have loved pretty well anything by the late Terry Pratchett.

Albert Camus' "The Outsider" was the first "artsy" book that I ever read and it just blew me away. As a teenager, it was totally new territory that someone could just experience life differently from others and that this could condemn them more than their actions. Now, that's something to think about.

I have a strange relationship to Catch 22. The first time I read it, I laughed; the second time, I cried. That's because by the second time, I realized how true this story was to real life.

And, I still don't like Catcher in the Rye!
What is the greatest influence on your writing?
I heard a Gus Vander Haeghe interview once in which he said that growing up in a small town really allowed him to know people. I agree. Growing up in a small town, you simply meet all kinds of people at different levels and in different conditions. I don't think that happens in larger centers.
What helps you the most with your writing?
Walking! I step out the door and the ideas start to flow
What legacy would you want for your writing?
I'd like to hope that my writings help people to get their own thoughts together.
Published 2017-02-28.
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Books by This Author

Canadian? Me? - Celebrating Life in This Land Together
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,140. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Social Science » Customs & Traditions
"Canadian? Me?" is for anyone who wants to celebrate the experience of living in this land. Want to put some meaning into the holidays? Want to feel included rather than excluded? "Canadian? Me?" is for you! In a pageant-style meant to capture the spirit of Being Canadian, the book presents a model for shared celebration times and "reasons for the seasons".