Monday, May 8, 2017

Interview with Author G.H. Neale

Please Welcome Author G.H. Neale 

Q1. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I was born the same week as the death penalty was abolished in the United Kingdom – a matter of some good fortune.

Q2. What does “being creative” mean to you?

An author’s task is to reveal what is real, that which hides behind cloistered, back-stories. To say something about a something, for art really does have purpose. All dice are cast toward that, forward, in a general determined trajectory. Even though everything may be foreordained. Persuaded that the censure of human error and vices, the peculiar function of art, can be likewise extended to the non-plastic, I have extracted from innumerable extravagant vices and follies, a commonality of human society, those that on one hand invite ridicule, on the other an indulgence of fancy. It is, hopefully, assumed without temerity that the shortcomings will be easily excused. Within these selections the universal seems most apropos of its end, united as it were, with the shared circumstance that nature provides. From these convictions, ingeniously interpreted, are results which should not please travesty but earn instead the servile epithet of inventor of the creative.

Q3. What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Mankind and wine.

Q4. Do you have any current or future projects?

My second novel, ARRIBA, is completed and I am now outlining a third. 
Q5. What is the relationship between your speaking voice and your written voice?

I am a meta-fictional author. The lines of authorial voice are complicated, confusing and cryptic. This is deliberate.

Q6. What is the best advice you have for other authors?

Study all assiduously and write these observations down in a notebook, one which you must always carry.

Book Blurb:
ARCHIPELAGO, a literary fiction of four characters’ discrete lives one random day in one random town.

The reader is chaperoned through the animated reality of this town. A town which “not in all historie, any memorable thing concerning it” occurred and, through performances of the characters, is invited to consider his own communal actions.

The novel commences with inquisitive poet Philomena Cordova passing her second novel to newly found friend Parveen Pattni, a young Hindu lesbian and burgeoning fine artist. Parveen begins to read Philomena’s book at the same time as Stephen Rei, disillusioned and hedonistic literary agent of some fifty years, is reading another one of Philomena’s “scribblings”. Philomena is lustily pursued by her step-sister’s husband and, as per the classical myth, Stephen and Parveen read of her assault, her retribution and more…


Jen Selinsky, Assistant Editorial Book Review: Archipelago

Likened to the works of many literary greats, Archipelago tells the story of several different characters. Despite John Donne’s famous quote about no man being an island, Neale breathes life into a group of individuals who are considered separate entities. And while the characters are not connected by “traditional” means of land, they are a group of islands with only a small amount of distance between them. Their search for meaning does not go unnoticed by engaged readers of this impressive and thought-provoking title.