ROBB FELDER Is a Vietnam Veteran. He attended the University of Alaska and the University of Minnesota. He grew up in the brewery and on the farm talked about in the story. Pioneers On The Ottertail is his first novel. Robb is retired from a successful career as a computer applications software designer. He and his wife Barbara live in a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
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.
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?
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?