Interview with Jeffrey RotterOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
JR: I am trying to get back to sleep.
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
JR: I'm presently accepting submissions.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
JR: A two-bedroom apartment, my wife and kid. I’m starting on the next novel and the next one and the next one.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
JR: My wife.
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
JR: That nutrient powder that tastes like anything you can think of, whatever that's called.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
JR: In dry socks.
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
JR: That pure sine wave that sounds like any song you can think of, whatever that's called. Also, I like the Kinks.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
JR: I’m interested in attaining powers that, while not qualifying as “super,” are arguably “exceptional.” For instance: partial invisibility, the ability to shrink to three-quarters my normal size, or the dragonlike capacity for breathing fire, but only through my nose, and only enough to light a cigarette.
SS: What’s your best quality?
JR: Whatever reflected virtues I get from my son.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
JR: I'd like to sit quietly in a corner of the cave when the first human said the first word for love.
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
JR: Among other things, I assembled modular furnishings for NORAD, cooked in countless restaurants (well, four), went to libraries dressed as Clifford the Big Red Dog, transcribed interviews for Jean Stein, played in a punk band with an 11-year-old, and wrote for magazines.
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
JR: Writing novels.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
JR: I went to the University of South Carolina undergrad and Hunter College for my MFA.
Get more on Jeffrey Rotter at SimonandSchuster.com