When Robert Rotenberg was 15, he sent a short story to the New Yorker. He kept the rejection letter, on their letterhead no less, for years.
After becoming a lawyer, traveling the world, and doing stints as a magazine editor/owner and radio producer, Robert settled in Toronto and started his criminal law practice.
And he started to write. After some false starts, Robert took a nine-day writing course at Humber College and worked with two talented writers, David Bezmozgis and Michelle Berry that resulted in Old City Hall. He has since written three more books: The Guilty plea, Stray Bullets, and Stranglehold.
Robert is still practicing criminal law, raising his kids, and writing every moment he can.
Photo credit: John Rait