The Devil’s Jukebox by Marcel Feldmar

Marcel Feldmar was born in Vancouver, moved to Boulder, ended up in Denver, went back to Vancouver, moved to Seattle, and ended up in Los Angeles. He is married with three dogs, and enjoys well made cocktails. He is also a coffee addict and an ex-drummer for too many bands to mention. He recently traded in his drumsticks for a couple of pens, and proceeded to complete his first novel. The Paranormal Pop Fiction tale entitled The Devil’s Jukebox.

A group of friends are reunited after twenty years to learn that their destinies are entangled with the immortal Muses and a mysterious lost jukebox.

From Vancouver to a New Orleans cemetery, roaming through Los Angeles to Las Vegas; it’s a supernatural road trip laced with rock ‘n’ roll.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
The inspiration for the story hit me initially in 1996. I was in a band, and we were on a very short tour, driving from Portland to Saskatoon. I had this vision of the new Muses, how they would work in a modern setting since the old ideas of worship had changed. The new icons of a new land. This idea grew and shifted and became a sort of undercurrent that flows through The Devil’s Jukebox

Q) How long did it take you to write?
This is a slightly loaded question, since you could say I started writing it 18 years ago. I had bits and pieces that kept growing and haphazardly fitting together until I was carrying around pieces of a story that made no sense and was about three times longer than it should have been. I decided to actually get my words in order and write a book in 2010. I set out writing the first draft in 2011. I took some excellent advice and found a great editor. Five drafts later it was early 2013 and it was done. So—two years to turn a mess into something I felt was ready for publication.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Just the simple act of getting the thoughts and visions in my head solidified onto the page - it continues to give me a thrill when I re-read something I wrote, and it perfectly captures that idea that had been floating in the atmosphere above me. That feeling of creating something out of nothing. Love it.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I really don’t like when I get lost within the words. It happens more often than I care to admit—which is why I need an editor. Sometimes I can’t tell if it’s me or my characters, but there are times when I want the story to move forwards, and I end up going off on some tangent for too many pages about completely irrelevant things. Totally off track and off topic. It doesn’t sound that bad, but it’s really frustrating.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
If I could choose the day, I would be Nick Cave on the day he performs on stage in some dark and crowded beautiful theatre. He’s one of my heroes, in his music, his writing, his presence. To be on stage, singing those songs—holding the audience in the palms of his hands as he riffs on “Stagger Lee” or pulls the heavens down with a rendition of “Tupelo”… I’d love to do that just once.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
The oldest thing within the depths of the fridge is probably a jar of Fig Spread. I don’t even like Figs, let alone jars of spreadable ones. The expiration date faded long ago, and I shudder to think the evil it might unleash were it to be opened. I think that it is only the anti-fig power held within the silver finish of the fridge door and the temperature inside, which tends to run consistently 5 degrees colder than you want it to, that’s keeping the unholy spread at bay.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Great things! Well, maybe. Good things, hopefully. I am working on another book of poems to go with the one currently available (The Typewriter Keeps Me Awake At Night). I’m trying to get that finished by Christmas—not because it’s festive or holiday fueled, but because it might make a nice gift for some family members who prefer my poetic side more than my attempts at Paranormal Pop Fiction. “More poems, less blood!” they say. I am also working through novel number two, which will definitely hold more blood than poetry, and a lot of alcohol. There might be a Devil’s Jukebox sequel, but not definitely. I think I need to hear from more readers who want to know what happens next to my little group of Muses and their protectors before I commit to continuing those adventures.

-Marcel Feldmar
The Devil’s Jukebox

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