Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing? How long have you been writing for, and what inspired you to start writing?
I got a home computer 15+ years ago, and haven’t stopped writing since. I’ve now written ten novels, have more than 300 published short stories, and have been the editor of five anthologies. Writing for me is like breathing: I have to do it, need to do it, and it comes second-nature to me. I write in every genre, but most everything I write is comedy, with a preference for romantic comedies. Everyone needs love, after all!
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
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.
How did you come up with the title?
Midlife Crisis is a sort of double-entendre. Jack is going through a sort of midlife crisis as well as the real crisis of the murder mystery he finds himself embroiled in. The title came to me even before I started writing the book.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep at it. If you really love writing, never give up on it. Persistence almost always pays off. And when in doubt, have a drink, curse a little, then go back to your keyboard.
Um, because I’m gay? Sounds reasonable, right? I mean, what do I know of M/F?
Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
They always pop into my head. I rarely take the time to think about them. I generally let their stories unfold naturally, from my twisted brain onto the page. I like to discover their quirks and idiosyncrasies as I go along.
Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
I’m always writing. I feel lost when I’m not working on a story, when my characters are languishing in limbo. I can write a little or a lot in a given week, but so long as something has been written, I’m happy.
If you had access to a time machine just once, is there anything you'd go back and change? Either on a personal level or an historical event?
I met my husband fiteen years ago. If I had a time machine, I’d go back and meet him even sooner. Schmaltzy, but true.
What are you working on at present?
I’m exploring a new genre for me: the superhero. This book will be called Fierce, about a young man rasied by wolves (seriously!) and who has wolf-like super powers. He also has a sidekick love interest, and so this, like all my books, will be a romantic comedy, as well as a coming of age story.
If you were able to quit your day job and write full time, would you, and why/why not?
Hard question. If writing became a real job, I think I’d come to resent it. I prefer to have it more like a hobby, albeit one that takes up all my free time and consumes me completely.
Title: Midlife Crisis
Author: Rob Rosen
Release Date: August 20th 2016
Genre: Gay fiction, romance, comedy
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 seen 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, not to mention the family dog and 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, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?
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"If you're looking for a humorous and intelligent book to read, Rob Rosen's Midlife Crisis should be on the top of your list. A tale of going back to move forward, as told by Jack, the story's main character, is full of youthful and gay witty repartee balanced with the poignancy that comes with adult life. It will make you laugh out loud one minute and get teary the next. Oh, and if you like a good murder mystery, there's that too. Kudos to Rosen for creating some very memorable characters." - Julian G, Simmons, Narrator,Widdershins audiobook series
"Rob Rosen does madcap gay humor better than anyone else writing today. Midlife Crisis is no exception." - Neil Plakcy, author of The Mahu Investigations
"Can you go home again? Rob Rosen explores the perils and promises of renewing a steamy boyhood affair in this witty romance wrapped in a murder mystery, seasoned with a dash of mature but spicy sex. The answer for his hero Jack seems to be "Yes," but watch out: there may be more "there" there than you think." - Louis Flint Ceci, author of Comfort Me
“Parsnips?” Greg asked me.
I looked over at him from the living room couch as he in turn poked his head out from the kitchen. “Um, huh?” I said, wondering if this was some new pet name he’d thought of for me, as he was forever coming up with new ones. Last I checked, I was being referred to as Professor.
FYI, I teach business at a local college. My students call me Jack or Mister Nelson. Professor makes me sound a.) old and b.) like a character in a television show. Also FYI, I am neither, though if he had to come up with anything from the latter category, I was rooting for Pepper, a la Angie Dickinson in Police Woman.
“Parsnips,” he repeated, already looking peeved with me, which was, sad to say, par for the course as of late. Par, bogie and eagle, in fact. Heck, let’s just toss in the entire golfing green and call it a day.
In any case, it wasn’t a question or a comment anyone had ever thrown my way. I squinted my eyes as I pondered this. In truth, I hadn’t a clue what a parsnip even was. Had I ever eaten one before? Would I still seem professorial if I asked what the hell one was? Did I even want to ask and risk his wrath, which consisted of him ignoring me the rest of the evening? Greg, you see, hated confrontation―though he loved being a world-class bitch.
“Just to be clear,” I asked, forcing a smile so as to divert the inevitable kerfuffle, “are you asking me if I want some with dinner?”
He matched my squint with a scowl. He started to say something, realized a fight of some kind would probably ensue, took his nine-iron and golf ball, and promptly left that aforementioned course. In other words, Professor zero, kerfuffle one. And yes, we had parsnips with our entirely silent dinner. Yuck.
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, and Fate, winner of the 2016 TRR Readers' Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. 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.
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