6 questions we always ask — David Fingerman, author


David Fingerman is the author Edging Past Reality, a collection of horror-themed short stories published late last year by Two Harbors Press. Before becoming a full-time writer, Fingerman worked in the Hennepin County Court System for over twenty years.

On his website, Fingerman talks about how he switched his major from Journalism to Speech/Communications to graduate quicker and after he finally graduated he didn’t read a book for nearly five years. As you can see below, the lapse was temporary. Fingerman will be reading from his collection at 7:30 p.m. tonight (April 7) at Common Good Books,165 Western Ave N, St. Paul.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
I just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Bone Song by John Meany. I’m just about to begin The Silence of the Loons, a book of short story mysteries by local authors.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who?
I don’t know about crushes, but I greatly admire V.I. Warshawski, and Kinsey Millhone. As for guys crushes, again, I really admire Stuart Kaminsky’s Porfiry Rostnikov. Come to think of it, I did have a crush on Stephen King’s Carrie.

If your favorite author came to Minnesota, who would it be and what bar would you take him/her to?
Harlan Ellison. I think I would take him to Matt’s Bar. It’s quiet so I’d be able to pick his brain, and hopefully he’d stay out of trouble.

What was your first favorite book?
I don’t remember the title or the author. I was in fifth grade and I bought a book about a cougar (I liked the cover). It’s the first book that I read in one sitting. As an adult, Shatterday by Harlan Ellison got me back into reading for pleasure again after college almost ruined that.

Let’s say Fahrenheit 451 comes to life, which book would you become in order to save it from annihilation?
Probably, Fahrenheit 451. Powerful message in that book. (Is that a cop out?)

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
I’ve always been enthralled with Russian history, but so far I just haven’t been able to bring myself to read War and Peace.

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