Today we're excited to chat with Jonathan Rosen, author of From Sunset Till Sunrise. Read on for more about Jonathan and his book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Jonathan Rosen!
Jonathan Rosen is a transplanted New Yorker, who now lives with his family in sunny, South Florida. He spends his “free” time chauffeuring around his three kids. Some of Jonathan’s fondest childhood memories are of discovering a really good book to dive into, in particular the Choose Your Own Adventure Series, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Jonathan is proud to be of Mexican- American descent, although neither country has been really willing to accept responsibility. He is the author of Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, which is out now, and its sequel, From Sunset Till Sunrise. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, FromtheMixedUpFiles.Com, The Tuesday Writers and his own website, WWW.HouseofRosen.com
Devin Dexter and his cousin Tommy just saved the city of Gravesend from the menace of magical, malicious Cuddle Bunnies brought to life by the warlock, Herb. But there’s no rest for the wicked, as a new mysterious neighbor moves in across the street. At night. With a coffin. Tommy immediately jumps to conclusions as he thinks this can only mean one thing: Vampires.
Devin isn’t so quick to believe, as he is struck by the neighbor’s daughter, a girl his age. Even though Tommy points out that they have never seen her during the day. Yet when she invites him to a dance at her school—the Nosfer Academy of Talented Understudies—how can Devin say no? Tommy, though, realizes that this is an opportunity. After tackling a wizard last winter, surely, they can protect Gravesend from some measly vampires, right?
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I always LOVED the horror/comedy genre. Movies like Gremlins, Fright Night, and Shaun of the Dead. I think horror lends itself to comedy because of the absurd things the characters get themselves into, and some of the ridiculous decisions the characters make. It’s fun to combine the scares with the relief of dark humor in it. So, I wanted to try that. In my first book, Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, I tackled things like Gremlins, even though it had some other movie elements in it. Since I was fortunate enough to be able to continue the adventures of these characters, I wanted to showcase some of the comedic elements of vampire movies, like Fright Night and From Dusk till Dawn, which is what the title riffs on.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
I do love all the characters, but it’s so much fun to write for Tommy, Devin’s cousin. He always goes to extremes. He thinks everything is a conspiracy but is well-versed in almost every supernatural element. He studies them non-stop and knows what makes every creature tick. I’m able to make him come up with some outlandish ideas, such as super-soakers filled with holy water, and dart guns loaded with sharpened pencils.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
I think in both books in the series, the title came first. I knew what I wanted to write about and then made the titles similar to famous horror movies. After that, I sort of patterned the novels with the elements form the creature legend I wanted to include. From Sunset Till Sunrise puts the characters in an overnight situation with a theater school of vampires. So, the title right off tells you that they need to spend overnight with the creatures.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
My favorite scene is when Devin and Tommy are at the dance in the vampire theater school, The Nosfer Academy of Talented Understudies. By the way, I was proud of that school name too, since really only hardcore fans would get, NosferATU. But anyway, Devin and Tommy are at the dance and Tommy is playing with a metal sign, and talking about how sharp the edges are. It’s a slow build, because you know what’s coming, and you’re just waiting for that to come into play, while they’re just going on with their conversation. When that first drop of blood finally trickles out, it’s a satisfying and comedic payoff.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
This is a great question because a writer is ALWAYS learning. Beside having changed from when I first started writing until now, I’ve even changed quite a bit between book one and book two. You’re constantly learning and getting better. But, if I had to pick one thing that I’ve learned, I’m going to say it’s to trust myself. Writers have doubts. At least I do, and moments of fear. But, now that I’ve had one book published, I know I can do it. I know I’m able to make the changes and adjustments to go from idea to published story. There are still doubts, of course, but I’m much better about thinking I can do this, if just take the time to let the story unfold and think about how I’m going to get there.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I LOVED the cover. It was fun and captured everything I wanted. The sense of the impending vampire threat and the expression on the kids’ faces was fantastic.
7. What’s up next for you?
I’m working on several others, but I just finished a fun story in the weird western genre that I’m really excited about.
8. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I definitely enjoy the drafting more. The canvas is clear and it’s just up to my imagination to fill it in. The possibilities are still endless. I know the revision is the more important down the road, and what makes a story publishable, but the first draft is always the most fun for me.
9. What would you say is your superpower?
I would definitely say humor. I love many different types of humor and recognize and appreciate different forms. I spend a lot of time studying it. The anatomy of a joke. The structure and what makes it funny. You can say the same thing different ways and saying it one way might just bring a smile, and saying it another will bring a big laugh. It depends on where you put the emphasis. I feel I have a good ear for it and am able to relay that. Then again, with that being said, there will be people who I talk to, who say, this guy isn’t funny at all, so it’s definitely subjective.
From Sunset Till Sunrise
By: Maggie Ann Martin
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Two winners will receive signed copies of Night of the Living Cuddle Buddies and From Sunset Till Sunrise -Book 1 & 2(US only).