Interview with Marcel Feldmar

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I think that Smashwords has opened up a few more doors to me in terms of reaching a bigger audience. I might have found these doors on my own, but I'm sure it would have taken longer. There's a slight streamlining that Smashwords delivers that makes the process a little easier.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, I suppose, it's the transferring of thoughts and images into a certain solidity. Having the words read and enjoyed by others is definitely a thrill, but just the ability to give shape to something... sometimes I can't even speak the things I think about, but when the pen touches paper, the keyboard letters hit the screen... I can write it out. That is joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
As a new writer, with only one novel - i have to admit that I haven't (yet) had much experience with "literary" fans. I do know that when they come, they will be appreciated. Part of the reason for writing something like a novel is to have it read. I know that when I was playing music, having people that I didn't know tell me how much they liked the music... it was a great feeling. Not the entire reason for my writing, but there is that part of it - that Leo's need to be in the spotlight. Fans? I love 'em.

Can I get some?

What are you working on next?
Currently I'm crawling through the guts of novel number two. A little sidetracked due to my ongoing efforts at promotional attempts for The Devil's Jukebox and a full-time (non-creative) job... but yeah - there is going to be another book. I'm also working on some shorter poetic pieces - maybe a second book of poems to go with "The Typewriter Keeps Me Awake At Night" - but we'll see. Thoughts about playing music float around, but I don't think I have the time to play in a band....
Who are your favorite authors?
So many. Across all genres and ages, too. I don't think you could find a direct link to my favorite authors and my writing... I am heavily inspired by music and songwriters... musicians... bands... but still, a short list of favorite authors would have to include Richard Brautigan, Jack Kerouac, Susan Cooper, W. S. Burroughs, Clive Barker, Richard Kadrey, Erin Morgenstern, Ransom Riggs, J. D. Salinger, Malcolm Lowry, and Roald Dahl... i could seriously go on, but there are other questions....
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ah... strange question... I don't think I am "inspired" to get out of bed, I think I pretty much have to. Some days, sure, I could just stay sleeping, not sleeping, lying, thinking, relaxing in bed... but I don't. Not because of inspiration, but because, well, life. I have to live, eat, work... do things. Writing is part of that, but, so is seeing friends and drinking coffee, drinking fantastic cocktails, and finding new places to go. Perhaps I get out of bed in order to find my inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at a job that pays the bills. I love traveling - my wife and I make frequent visits to places like New Orleans and Hawaii, we go to Nashville, Baltimore, San Francisco, Vancouver, Paris when we can... we find that no matter where you go, there's something worth going there for... I hang out with friends, go to restaurants and nice bars, play with the pups, watch TV.... listen to music...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through word of mouth. I love hearing about books from friends... I come across some blogs that are generally trustworthy with their reviews, and sometimes I'll just be spontaneous and see a title I love - on Goodreads or Smashwords, or even Amazon... but mostly... it's the friends that recommend.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Kind of. The Devil's Jukebox is the first "novel" - but I remember taking dreams i had as a child, and at age 10, or around there, I'd flesh the dreams out... push them into new places that didn't exist within the dream. I've been writing poetry since I was a young angstful teenager, but stories - not as much. I'm looking ahead to writing hopefully more stories in the future.
What is your writing process?
When I have time, I write. Lots of coffee, music, sometimes whiskey. It's the time that's trickiest. For The Devil's Jukebox, and so far for "Book Two" - I Start with a general idea - a very basic plot... I think i figure out the ending first, then a good beginning, and hope that I can connect the two. Then I struggle with names. Character names that don't make me cringe. I've come up with so many bad names it's crazy. Then, I just write. Pretty much free-flow, write whenever and wherever I can - Then - Draft one is done. Get an editor. Very Very important. Then cut what I've written up, throw things away, rearrange - write the whole thing three or four more times - and then - hopefully - get the thing published. That's a very basic and fast process, but off the top of my head - that's what I got.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember a couple of very early stories... maybe not the first. I remember getting completely lost in series like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Dark Is Rising series. I loved watching TV as a child, but books held so much more for me. I loved Maurice Sendak - Mickey In The Night Kitchen... that was an early one. I think Madeline L'Engle - with A Wrinkle in Time and those books... A Swiftly Tilting Planet just enveloped me... and those books, I think, made me realize that I could do that. I could shape and create a world that I wanted to live in. That there was the reality you could see, but these books made me understand that there was a reality that you could think.... and that was important. To know that what you felt and believed could be as strong and as empowering as what you could see and touch.
Published 2014-06-25.
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Books by This Author

The Devil's Jukebox
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,770. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A group of friends are reunited after twenty years to learn that their destinies are entangled with the immortal Muses and a mysterious lost jukebox. From Vancouver to a New Orleans cemetery, roaming through Los Angeles to Las Vegas; it’s a supernatural road trip laced with rock ‘n’ roll.