As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Peter McNeil literally threw himself into the world of television. While absorbing all film genres with unapologetic enthusiasm, little did he know that he was molding his fascination for the literary world as well. In 1985, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and while serving a three-year tour, he developed a fondness for two literary hobbies: first, sharing his “G.I. Joe” experiences with his friends through animated writing, and second, reading novels. Stephen King and Dean Koontz were the first authors he delighted in because of his love for horror. Terri McMillan, John Grisham, Blake Crouch, and a host of others drew his interest in later years.
After shuffling through his share of jobs, he applied for and passed the postal exam to become a permanent letter carrier at Cooper Postal Station in 1996. “Being a mailman in the mid-90s and the early 2000s when the mail volume was extremely heavy proved to be a very demanding feat but working at Cooper and delivering mail in the Lower East Village in Manhattan resulted in some of the most memorable and meaningful experiences in my life.”
Still, after the first year in his new position, something was lacking within his spirit. One evening, while watching the classic film, Mo’ Better Blues, by one of his favorite directors, Spike Lee, a voice gently whispered in his ear, “you can do this too, Pete”. So the next day, while delivering mail to a Barnes and Noble store on Astor Place, Peter purchased a “How to Write a Screenplay” book and went to work formulating storylines for his “Postal Project”. That was 1997. Fast forward to the year 2012 (between marrying his soul-mate Pamela Smith, raising their children, Justin, Jordan, and Milahn, relocating to North Carolina, switching jobs and overcoming an addiction), he finally finished the project, not as a screenplay, but as a hardcover book titled Postal, in which a few years later, in 2014, he split the hardcover book into two softcover books, Postal and Postal Pt 2. As of 2022, he revamped both books and now they are titled Postal Reboot and Postal II Redemption which are now available through this website, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Soon, Peter and Pamela will be in preproduction for filming Postal the Miniseries.
In 2021, he completed a feature film about a husband in denial of a porn addiction, titled Urge. Currently, A Brighter Path Productions has signed a distribution deal for Urge and the feature film is expected to be on multiple streaming channels in the near future. “We’re very excited for this opportunity and grateful to see our hard work finally pay off. This will be the start of something very special and we’re claiming that the overall message from Urge will be embraced by all walks of life across the globe.”
Recently, he and six of his friends formed Brothers For Life, a certified 501c3 non-profit organization that will help the underserved youth in low-income communities through mentoring and educational programs.