Interview with Robb Felder

What is your writing process?
This book series began as a family history project that I created for a family reunion handout. The original had a lot of family pictures and dates of ancestors, births and deaths. It was a very typical family tree type booklet with very little details and absolutely no dialog. The family thought it was ok. But I wanted something more. After all, these people weren't just born, married, had babies and died. They had lives filled with activities, problems to solve, adventures, triumphs, tragedies, and successes. So this family reunion handout began evolving. I gave these people life, dialogue, feelings of happiness and sadness, success and failures, like we all have.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I was impressed by all the detail and personality traits of the subjects. And the story line so very well matched my adventures growing up living on the river in my book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, Jack London, Zane Grey, John Sanford, James Lee Burke
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look at 'hard cover' books in book stores, etc., then look them up on my Kindle.
I pay attention to what people are talking about.
What do you read for pleasure?
Currently reading; the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I also like local author, John Sanford.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to Pioneers on the Ottertail.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do woodworking. I specialize in designing and building clocks which I sell at craft fairs and on line.
I am a 'home brewer'. I have crafted over 50 different recipes. My favorite ones are; Honey Lager, Nut Brown Ale, Orange Twist Wheat Beer, and a Bourbon Barrel Stout. I grow my own hops for my beers.
Barbara and I maintain a fairly large vegetable garden. We freeze many of them, also can pickles, and make tomato sauces and dip. We also have a variety of fruit trees; apple, cherry and plum.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love outdoor adventure stories. Especially the famous; Jack London, Mark Twain, Zane Gray.
Published 2017-03-22.
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Books by This Author

Mystery On The Ottertail
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,420. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It is the year 2025. In an ancient family trunk, Jerry Feiffer discovers a very dark secret that has lay buried beneath the ruins of the ancient brewery and farm for over 100 years, closely guarded by the ghosts of the Prohibition Bootleggers. Jerry and a mystery stranger become entangled in a life or death struggle for the bootleg booty. Who is this stranger?Who will die? Who will get the gold?
Return To Otter Falls
Series: Otter Falls. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,780. Language: American English. Published: October 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Alternative history
Lying beneath the ruins of the ancient brewery there is a very dark secret - - -, closely guarded for over 100 years by the ghosts of the Prohibition Bootleggers.
Pioneers On The Ottertail
Series: Otter Falls. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,520. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Family history, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Immigrant pioneers from Germany in the 1800's settle on Minnesota's remote frontier at Otter Falls on the edge of the vast White Pine Forest. They struggle with Indians, cold and blizzards, yet succeed in building a large family farm and run the brewery thru prohibition. After prohibition, they struggle to re-open the brewery. Wars and financing stand in their way. Will they complete the task?