Joan McNerney, whose poem ‘Neptune’s Coquette’ is published in issue 4 of Lucent Dreaming, has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Warriors with Wings, Blueline, and Halcyon Days. Four Bright Hills Press anthologies, several Poppy Road Review journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press publications have accepted her work. Her latest title is ‘Having Lunch with the Sky’ and she has four Best of the Net nominations.
So, what inspired your piece, ‘Neptune’s Coquette’ and how did it find its way to Lucent Dreaming?
I always loved to swim and also possessed a vivid imagination. Would you believe this is about Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York when I was a teenager? My two girlfriends and I would meet up and spend time there. They would be sun bathing and watching out for boys. I would be in the ocean, riding waves of water and my imagination.
Facebook has a call for submissions page which I use to find my way to different editors.
What does writing mean to you?
Writing means everything at this point in my life. My wonderful husband has gone to heaven and I have no children. I am retired now living in a very small town near the Hudson River. Aside from housekeeping, watching television, and shopping, there is only the excitement of reading and writing now.
What writing/creative projects are you currently working on?
I am trying to get another e-book published and also working on some new poems.
What are you most excited about right now and for the future?
The internet has opened up the world so much. It is wonderful to just send your writing off to people around the globe. Research is just a click away. Computers have enabled us to write and rewrite without having to waste time, paper and patience.
How and where do you find inspiration to do your craft?
I find constant inspiration in nature. Just looking out the window and becoming mesmerized by emerald trees against a pale blue sky might give birth to a poem. Perhaps memories of my hometown of Brooklyn can form some poetry. Writing about water is second nature to me because I have always lived close to it.
What advice would you give those who want to do what you do?
Well as hard as it is now, it was worse years ago. We had to send three poems and a self addressed stamped envelope to editors. If you wanted to do research, you had to go to the library and check out books. If they were reference books, you had to sit and do your research then and there. Type type type over and over and over to come up with a finished product. No spell check, no thesaurus, no help with grammar.
But you should enjoy writing, perhaps join with some poetry groups at readings. Unfortunately, you can’t give up your day job because writing poetry simply won’t pay the bills.
Where can people see more of you and your work?
A friend of mine made up a website which you are invited to check out. joanspoems.com