Interview with Roger Feldstein

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Running around Park Slope, chasing after my kid and basically acting as a human ATM whenever he wants ice cream or cookies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My wife is a book editor, and she's got great taste for recommending what's good. Otherwise, I look for stuff that's similar to what I like . . . Bukowski, Thompson, Selby, and Bradbury.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
First story I remember writing was a comic book about a carrot with a cape (Captain Carrot) whose superhero team competed against Agent Grape's diabolical plans. Hilarity (to a fourth grader) would ensue.
What is your writing process?
Putting the kid to bed, and then sipping bourbon.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I vividly remember reading were John Bellair's gothic horror stories, with the creepy Ed Gorey illustrations. They were scary stuff, and I liked how the protagonists tended to be nerdy, fat kids (like myself at the time) who stumbled upon the eccentric.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Last Exit to Brooklyn, Requiem for a Dream, Death of a Salesman, Ham on Rye, and Bobby Fischer Goes to War. In the end, don't most great books come down to the American Dream and what you do to fight for your piece of it?
What do you read for pleasure?
Bukowski, Bradbury, Selby, MAD Magazine, and Daniel Clowes comic books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At the end of a long day at work, followed by a tired commute, and some goodnight kisses to the ones you love, the universe still needs to be saved. Until the universe doesn't need to be saved anymore, you write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Emptying the heaviness in my head from carrying an idea.
Describe your desk
A hodgepodge of my kid's pictures, action figures, and bills, surrounded by prints/originals from Robert Crumb, Peter Kuper, David Berg, and other comic book favorites.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a young adult novel about a lonely kid who invites a bunch of monsters to his Bar Mitzvah.
Published 2014-08-17.
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Books by This Author

You May Not Touch the Beaver
Price: Free! Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
After the Beaver causes a ruckus at his Manhattan job, his employer Murque sends their surveillance team to follow him over a weekend of debauchery. Unbeknownst to the Beaver, the residents of Park Slope (Brooklyn) banned him from their community and, the next morning, he awakes under the New Jersey Turnpike. Beaver awakens from a society-driven sedation and returns to New York, ready to fight.