Author Of The Week: Chat with Derek Milman (Swipe Right For Murder), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Derek Milman, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Derek Milman has worked as a playwright, screenwriter, film school teacher, DJ, and underground humor magazine publisher. A classically trained actor, he has performed on stages across the country and appeared in numerous TV shows, commercials, and films. Derek currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he writes full time. Swipe Right for Murder is his second novel for young adults.
Meet Swipe Right For Murder!
On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he's not quite sure which takes top priority.
Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do---he tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads to him waking up next to a dead guy, which sparks an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run from everyone---faceless federal agents, his eccentric family, and, naturally, a cyber-terrorist group who will stop at nothing to find him.
He soon realizes the only way to stop the chase is to deliver the object everyone wants, before he gets caught or killed. But for Aidan, the hardest part is knowing who he can trust not to betray him---including himself.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
The main character Aidan for sure. He's a multi-layered kid. He has a troubled past and a complex psychology. He's experienced some tragedy, but he has a big heart, a sharp sense of humor, and despite everything, he really loves the world (and the people in it). He will always remain close to my heart.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
In this case, the novel. Early drafts of the book were called Night Flight.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Endings are hard to get right, I always struggle to achieve the perfect one, and I'm proud of this one. It makes me tear up, which does not usually happen. It ties everything together, and there's a lovely metaphor involved.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Write the most beautiful story you can using the least amount of words that are necessary. Build a deep interiority for your MC and let the characters drive the action of the plot.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
In discussions regarding the cover concept, I said I wanted something cyber, queer, urban, and Neo-noir, and wow, they achieved it.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
The Institute by Stephen King.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
This comes later on in the book so... slight * SPOILER WARNING HERE * ...but when Aidan is trying to explain to the Feds who are trying to exploit him for their own purposes, how much his brother meant to him, how his memory of him is fragile and somewhat endangered, and how he's just a kid, a human being, that was definitely a heavy one. Aidan trying to get everyone to see the humanity in what they're doing, when everyone has these blinders on, was kind of heartbreaking to write.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I really enjoy revising in the later stages. The book is already in existence, it's a thing, and the process of just sharpening it, making every word and every line better, is very enjoyable to me; I wake up feeling light and empowered during that process. Drafting can be an enormously inspirational and fun process too, but I find there's a measure of relief when that stage is over. It's akin to filmmaking (literally no one is going to be surprised I'm making this connection). Many filmmakers experience a lot of stress and torment getting those images onto film, but thoroughly enjoy their time in the editing suite pulling a tight, coherent story together out of the images they struggled to obtain. I'm not so different in that regard.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I started out as an actor and was trained in the Meisner technique which teaches you how to listen. But it also teaches you extraordinary observational skills, so I can always figure someone out pretty quickly, what's going on in their heads. Sometimes people think I'm psychic, but it's just my training. It's given me a deeper level of understanding, of people, their individual psychologies, and has definitely helped me as a writer.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
These two: True Colors United (working to end youth homelessness with a focus on queer youth) and the Trevor Project (crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth).
Swipe Right For Murder
By: Derek Milman
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Five winners will each receive a copy of Swipe Right For Murder (Derek Milman) ~ (US Only)
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