Interview with Jeffrey Rotter

October, 2009
Jeffrey Rotter

Quick Start

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.

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

JR: 6/11

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.

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