Many authors use a nom de plume, and they may use one opposite to their own sex. Do you think an author's sex or sexual orientation should dictate what genre they write?
Not at all. I write fiction, however i see authors who have had different sexual orienation apply it, as i do, i apply different sexual acts, from my protagonist in many different ways... i think it helps and is important to any genre. I find it interesting, i find myself kind of boring in real life, I'm pretty much the straight hederosexual guy... i have written scenes where i cross many lines, most of the lines I've crossed I've actually crossed, but to a same sex degree, i feel as if I may lack, for i didn't experience it, expect.... there was one thing, and i love the story for that, a predetermined experience i lived out so i could know what it felt like to be the worst... i was on mission for a while, to know what it felt like to be the worst human on earth. I don't think it was necessary, but when i write i don't think it's shocking, as many do. How can i be shocking? Or would want to be? I'm real. I can't help it if someone doesn't want to acknowlege something that they have stuck in a file they won't open in their head - i open it, i lived it, I'm getting old, I'm not as impulsive as i used to be but i think regret helps, just don't hold onto the regret as i did for years. And as with any individual, regret is different.
Some authors have issues with character development, writer's block, plot summary etc. What is the biggest challenge you face when writing? How do you overcome the problem?
I hate description, i hate Steinbeck, i hate wordcount, i don't think that matters. I hate people who hate second drafts, that's my outline, a first draft. It comes out fast. The second draft i used timing, contruct things, as in a song, and i consider myself a story shower, not teller. What i hate the most, is people that think of an auidence. How could i sit down in front of my laptop writing something thinknig about what someone else would like or wouldn't? Fuck them, they can go to Walmart and buy a Stephen King novel with three different POVs in third person - he's a screenplay waiting to happen, I've been accused of pornography, but none of my sex scenes are too nice, King uses the format of pornography, he's a page turner. I don't care if you turn the page or do or don't, i appreciate it if someone does, but this is for me, a way to release things i have inside. I used to sing for a band, when i was young. How could you be in a cover band? I'd get on the mic and tell the crowd to get take out and turn on their radio cuz that's all they'll be fucking hearing. So I'm not gonna think about anyone but myself when I'm writing, i im to please me.
What has been the single most successful marketing tool you've used to date?
My big mouth putting my name on everything. I grew up in the music business, in '92, so there's no internet, we handed out flyers, sold fucking tickets to get half of it. So we had to draw. Any news is good news. I dont' crave bad attention but some idiot, he wrote a fucking memoir and made it an E book, right? No lie, dude write about my story "jerking off" - thank you, i mean, thanks for the free promotion, he bashes me, but thank you, but begs the question? My story is in your life memoir? Good or bad, I'm in your life? That's good. And he can refer to the title of the story to define himself
What are you currently reading?
I was looking at the rankings in Ring Magazine last night.
How do you measure success?
You're really gonna ask me that? What do you think I'd say?
Just for fun -
What is your favourite drink?
Pink wine. spring water. Patron.
Are you a cat or dog person?
Cats. If i wanted a kid, I'd have one, I'll throw that ball over the neighbors fence and that dog will somehow come back wth it.
Love or lust?
love is a hard thing, i wasnt' good at it, twice in my life. I think about the person every day... that was rough, it was last year... lust is awesome, i can go on about that, but... sitting in a dark corner alone last christmas really sucked. Fuck her. I'm sure she feels alone in a room full of mirrors. If there's there was a walking pillar of salt.
If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why?
It would be Ellis or Carver, but i wouldn't ever have wanted to hang or would want to ever meet them, ya never meet your idols, I'm come off as a dufus too. Also, when i read something i get what i get out of it, i don't wanna - i mean... I've read lyrics to songs before and they meant something to me personally and when i found what they were about weren't that, it sucked, so to meet and converse with those two - they're Gods, i could only fuck up everything in every way.
If you could indulge free of any consequences, what would be your ultimate sexual fantasy?
I've lived through most, and other ones, they would be completely legal and i would be down but I'm not telling anyone about stuff i did do, i mean.... people think I'm crazy enough. With the internet, that's a bonus, ya know?
The Mercy Clock
In History everyone is laughing at me. I drown them out. I look at the number on my desk that says Call me. I focus on it and keep my head down. When I feel someone grab my neck I decide to memorize this number. When they’re pulling on my skin and twisting it in a circle I just focus on 755-9804. When they are holding it, twisting it harder, pulling at it and when I can feel everyone staring at me I have already memorized the first three numbers. When they let go of my neck and I feel it burning and I feel something growing on it I know the entire number and if you want something and can’t have it it’s better. You know you can’t ever be there or get that and it’s better when you realize it because then it doesn’t matter.
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Thanks for giviing me your time, all of me - Bob.