My g uest today is author and Toronto-based criminal lawyer Robert Rotenberg. Welcome to OpEdNews, Bobby. I just finished Old City Hall , your legal thriller, and I didn't want to put it down. While this is your first published novel, you've actually been writing for a really long time. A particular typewriter figured prominently in your youth. Can you tell our readers how it propelled you down the path that ultimately led to this book?
When I was seven, my oldest brother Lawrence had his Bar Mitzvah. It was a big fun event. I remember this stream of very grown-up presents appearing at our doorstep, and the one that caught my eyes was a portable typewriter in a beige leather case. It had a neat little handle and a zipper that made a click-clicking sound when I snuck into his room to open it up, stare at it and fiddle with the keys.
I was fortunate to have two dynamic older brothers, Lawrence - nee Larry - now a tax lawyer and gelato maker, and David, the 'creative one' in the family who my parents always worried about. So I'll brag - he's probably the best acting teacher in North America, runs his own studio now after years of being a professor, has worked all over the world, and I almost forgot, has written six tremendous novels, murder mysteries set in Shanghai and a great sprawling novel named Shanghai. So please stop reading this, and go and order all his books. Then, tell him that his little brother told you to do it.
What my brothers and parents, especially our mother, really gave us was a love of books, and even more, a love of story. Real thought into people, their lives, where they came from and where they are going.