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Title: Midlife Crisis
Author: Rob Rosen
Publisher: *Not Listed
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy
Release Date: 08/20/2016
Jack is thirty-five and single once again. He is not, as he as quick to point out, going through a midlife crisis. Still, it would be nice to have a partner. And so he sets out on an adventure to find the one-time love of his life, Bing, a man he hasn’t set eyes on in more than fifteen years, a man who has seemingly vanished off the face of the planet. With the help of his family and friends—plus the family dog and, of all people, his high school bully—he goes searching for Bing, only to unearth an ages-old mystery that puts them all in grave danger. In this hysterically funny tale of romance and self-discovery, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?
What is your current novel about?
Jack, my narrator, is thirty-five and single. He has a good job, a good life, great friends, but he’s lonely. An odd conversation makes him realize that he never really broke up with his first boyfriend, the great love of his life, Bing. And so he sets out to find Bing, for a chance to do it all over again.
That was my inspiration for Midlife Crisis, the do-over part. Of course, me being a comedy writer, just because you get the chance to do it all over again doesn’t mean you’ll get it right the second time around either. I wanted to explore this, to see if what you know now can actually fix something in your past, can actually fix you. Life being what it is, and humans being who they are, the answer is rarely yes. Jack is no exception, though the situations he soon finds himself in are exceptional.
Who is your literary hero outside of the m/m genre and why?
I live for anything written by Tom Robbins. He writes like no other author. He’s quirky, he’s funny, he’s a genius, and he writes on topics that are completely out of the norm. Jitterbug Perfume is stupendous!
Top 10 artists to write to:
The Cocteau Twins
Bright Light Bright Light (Look him up! You won’t be sorry!)
90’s house music
80’s new wave
Top 10 places you want to visit and why:
South Africa for a safari
Greece to explore the ancient world
Rome to see The Coliseum
Peru to climb Machu Picchu
China to see The Great Wall
Amsterdam to smoke and visit the Anne Frank house
Barcelona to see Gaudi
Egypt to see The Pyramids
Israel to pray at The Wailing Wall
Australia to swim (and ogle the men)
Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a published author
Writing is utmost joy, everything else is a chore.
Marketing your work sucks.
Publishers can sometimes be difficult to work for.
Editors sometimes don’t understand where you’re going with a story.
Speaking in public can be terrifying.
Reading your work in public can be even more terrifying.
Getting reviewed is a necessity.
Reading reviews of your work can be, you guessed it, terrifying.
Seeing a book cover for the first time is a natural high.
Telling the artist of your book cover that it’s all wrong and that they have to start over again is no fun at all.
Ten M/M Authors I admire:
Michael Thomas Ford
Ten things from the past you wish you still had
My Blondie scrapbook
My childhood dog
My record collection and a turntable to play it on
My first car (I love a hatchback!)
My leather jacket
My childhood stuffed animal, the one I slept with
My high school friends
If you could only have 10 dishes the rest of your life…
Any sort of chocolate cake
Any curried Indian food
Any spicy Ethiopian food
Gefilte fish with horseradish
Tums for all of the above
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About the Author
Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, winner of the 2016 TRR Readers’ Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy, and Midlife Crisis. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2. Please visit him at www.therobrosen.com
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