Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway: SCREAM ALL NIGHT (Derek Milman)
Derek Milman was born in New York City, but grew up in Westchester, NY, where he wrote and published a successful underground humor magazine that caught the attention of the New York Times, who wrote a profile on him at the age of 14.
Derek studied English, Creative Writing, and Theater at Northwestern University. He began his career as a playwright (his first play was staged in New York City when he was just out of college), and earned an MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama.
Derek has performed on stages across the country, and appeared in numerous TV shows and films, working with two Academy Award winning film directors.
Scream All Night is Derek's debut YA novel. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he is hard at work on his next book.
Meet SCREAM ALL NIGHT!
A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running With Scissors.
Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
My background as an actor, training at Yale School of Drama, where we all lived and performed for each other in this strange, insular world; working in TV and film which gave me some quality time on movie sets, and always loving movies, especially the classics, since I was a kid. I had the idea for Scream All Night for years. I got my agent, and the attention of several editors, with an earlier YA manuscript that I wrote, that wound up not selling. While it was on submission, everyone wanted to know if I had any other ideas, and I’d bring up my early thoughts on SAN, which everyone got really excited about. Finally, I wrote about 50 pages, while reading up on Hammer Films, Troma Films, and sent them to my agent. She got back to me right away. In fact, she got on the L train, if I recall, and we met in a pub near my apartment, in Brooklyn. She was like: “I love this and I’ve never read anything like this” so we talked about what it could become.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Tough one. Oren was a lot of fun to write; he’s so deluded and eccentric, such an obstacle to himself and others, yet he manages to be sympathetic (I hope!), and he’s ultimately very complex. But my heart belongs to my hero, Dario, who probably encompasses so much of myself, with his sarcasm and his sensitivities, and his frustrations. All that said though, I don’t really have any clear favorites. I love all my creations equally, and I could never choose just one!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Oh, the novel for sure.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Probably Lucien Heyward being buried alive. It’s very screwball, yet there’s a real dark emotionality to the proceedings. I know I achieved something with it, because people bring it up a lot, have no idea what to make of it, and also I had heavy nightmares for weeks while I was writing it. There has never been anything quite like it in any other story, so I can always say that.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
How much the story is ultimately shaped in the revision stage. The drafting stage, and even all the early drafts—are really just a shell, a blueprint—at least for me—of what the book will eventually become.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Those beautiful colors!
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
Do you mean 2019? I’m not sure yet. Dahlia Adler listed a bunch of them on Twitter and they all sounded wonderful. Sounds like it’ll be a great year for YA in all genres.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2015?
Do you mean 2018? This was my debut year, and we’re all friends, so it’s hard to pick just one. But my friend Lindsay Champion wrote a beautiful YA romance called Someday, Somewhere and everyone should pick that one up.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My second book, another YA, is a spiky, fast-paced Hitchcockian LGBTQ thriller that will come out in 2019 from Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson. I’m editing it now.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
No, I think I’m good.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
When Dario visits his mother in the mental hospital, who he hasn’t seen in years.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I find every character has their own unique challenges. There has never been one character in particular that’s given me more trouble than others. They all have needs, an arc to build, an emotional backbone to puzzle over and then map out.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I like drafting. That early freedom and experimentation before everything has to become more disciplined and fleshed-out is a lot of fun for me.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I have great intuition about people.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Cancer research for children.
Scream All Night
By: Derek Milman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
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