Monday, November 14, 2011

The New Yorker Finally Called...There's A Restraining Order On You!

Pamela August Russell, author of B is for Bad Poetry
interviews Pamela August Russell, author of B is for Bad Poetry
I was lucky enough to get an interview with myself while I was nude sunbathing by the pool at a very swanky hotel off Sunset Blvd. Other than the hotel guests, security guards and Department of Mental Health staring at me until I finished the interview, I’d say it went pretty well…
Me: What inspired you to write a book of bad poetry?
Me too: I don’t know if ‘inspired’ is the right word. Let’s just say my friends Jack Daniels and Captain Morgan were very helpful.
Me: Do you have a specific writing style?
Me too: Yes, I like to replace all of my vowels with smiley faces and hearts.
Me: How did you come up with the title?
Me too: I read my own writing.
Me: What books have most influenced your life most?
Me too: ‘Plagiarism, A Handbook For Writers’, ‘A Beginners Guide To Mediocrity’ and Maynard Frumps “The Immoral And Unethical Uses Of Language’ were all very helpful.
Me: If you had to choose, which writer(s) would you consider a mentor?
Me too: Dr. Seuss and Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Me: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Me too: There’s a young writer named Dorothy Parker who’s apparently very good. I haven’t read her yet.
Me: What are your current projects?
Me too: I just put a new flush handle on my toilet.
Me: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Me too: The part with my name on the cover.
Me: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Me too: Who said I was interested?
Me: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Me too: I’m writing a poem about how pancakes can ruin a relationship.
Me: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Me too: I used to think writing was very difficult. I see now that it’s all in the wrist.
Me: Do you have to travel much concerning your book?
Me too: To and from court hearings.
Me: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Me too: I’m sorry about that last poem but I couldn’t find a word that rhymes with ‘badunkadunk’.
Me: How long did it take you to write it?
Me too: Twelve minutes with a lunch break.
Me: Who is your favorite dead author?
Me tooDan Brown.
Me: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Me too: If someone offers you a free pole-dancing class, take it. You never know where it will lead.
My new book B is for Bad Poetry out now from Sterling Publishing. The Los Angeles Times says “It may not be Walt Whitman, but Miss Russell’s verses are a whole lot funnier.” I’ll take that as compliment knowing how funny Mr. Whitman was. Especially after a few glasses of Sangria.


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  2. Pamela August RussellDecember 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Only one and it was from a homeless man wearing a Santa hat. I said yes of course.

    1. I just saw this now. You really should check your online interwebs more often. Also, have you stopped writing? Do you hate being asked that by fangirls? Guess I'll just go on a re-reading spree. Thanks for existing.

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