Robert Rosenbloom – “Next Big Thing” Interview
I was tagged by Adele Kenny approximately two weeks ago. I have responded to the questions, as appears below. I thank Adele Kenny for all the generous and kind efforts she’s made on my behalf in the past several years.
What is the working title of this book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The book evolved from poems I wrote, many of which related to growing up in a Jewish family with traditional values in Brooklyn- in the 50s and 60s. I had a happy childhood.
What genre does your book fall under?
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
The movie that comes closest to that family in character and feeling is Woody Allen’s Radio Days, a more Yiddish version of Michael Tucker and Julie Kavner, probably. Josh Mostel is perfect as the renegade relative who breaks the Yom Kippur fast and eats with atheistic, left-leaning neighbors. Then he pays for it by having severe chest pain which he thinks is a heart attack-payback from an all-knowing God who might not even exist.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Honor thy parents comes closest. They were decent people even if we didn’t see eye-to-eye as I grew up and they grew older. I’ve tried to stay more in touch with my kids, who are now 26 and 28, without being, I hope, too naggy, overbearing or predictable. I wouldn’t be surprised if I came up short in all three categories.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I didn’t start out to write a book-it’s a chapbook. It’s a collection that covers several years of poems.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I can’t say I was inspired. Not to be too cute, but I wrote and family spilled out onto the page.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’d like to think it has its humorous moments. This is a family that worked, even when it creaked and made some noise. I was slower to mature than my two brothers. I went through the hippie years. Someone could have reasonably asked: You’re a hippie? I was also in SDS for approximately three months at Brooklyn College. I was dangerous.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It was published by Finishing Line Press in November, 2010. It’s available through Amazon or FLP.