Interview with Geoffrey A. Feller

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where the main campus of the state university is located at Amherst along with several other colleges. My mother was a teacher as well. Not only did she read stories to me and my younger brother, she also encouraged us to make up our own stories so that's probably where this all began for me. I admit that I had a privileged background although the lifestyle was pretty much middle class. Going through a college town public school system meant a lot of exposure to literature and the arts along with ample opportunity to find creative outlets as a kid. My ambition had been to be an actor until I went to a creative writing summer workshop at 16. But I moved away from the Valley in 1984 and never did graduate college myself.
When did you first start writing?
The first time I wrote stories outside of school assignments was at age nine although it wouldn't become my primary method of creative expression until I was in my late teens.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Since it's the fourth in a series, it's mainly a continuation of my heroine's professional and personal experiences. It has more of a Vermont theme than the prior three books, invoking Calvin Coolidge and cheese, with a climax on Lake Champlain. I had same vague and sketchy notions for future stories while I was completing the very first installment and this book came from those ideas.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been trying to get published for more than 30 years, although I'd gone through long periods of surrender to rejection letters. I did have a literary agent once who liked my novel "Benefit of the Doubt" enough to represent me in 1998. He also represented me for "Conditional Voluntary" but nothing came of it. Just a year ago, a friend told me about Smashwords. Since technology now makes it possible to self-publish without paying thousands of dollars, I decided to give it a try. I had six complete novels that I edited and formatted so that I could have them up for sale with various online retailers. I started to write the Natalie Dvorak Mystery series for new material. I like the control I have as an Indie author and while I don't think I'd turn down a lucrative publishing contract, I can at least get my books out to far more people than ever before.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's when I get into a stream-of-consciousness and see the story unfold in front of me, even if I'm not sure about where it's going.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's a great validation that I'm producing something that's more than personal enjoyment. I appreciate the response to my work and it's great to know someone out there can feel the same pleasure from my words that I feel from reading an author whose work I admire.
What are you working on next?
I'm on to the fifth Natalie Dvorak mystery! It's already approaching a third of the average length of the rest of the books in the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tony Hillerman, Philip K. Dick, Mickey Spillane, Rex Stout, Len Deighton, Flannery O'Connor, John LeCarre, H. P. Lovecraft
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I still need my day job!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not at my day job, I read novels, watch movies, walk my dachshund, and of course spend time with my wife!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often get recommendations from fellow authors - people I've connected with through Facebook and Goodreads.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iBook. I have many Kindle titles as well (my tablet allows multiple formats) because a lot of books seem to be only available through Amazon.
Published 2013-08-31.
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