Molly Reviews and Interview: Midlife Crisis by Rob Rosen

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?

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This was such a fun story. Jack goes on a journey and discovers so much about himself, his family, and his past. watching Jack trying to figure out the right thing to do in a multitude of situations was fascinating. He followed his heart most of the time, otherwise he uses his conscious. I loved getting to read Jack’s totally fun stream of conscience. The way his person POV is written is completely fun and had me chuckling and cringing right along with Jack. He’s surrounded by people that support him completely, even if it’s kind of difficult to tell on the surface.
Jack is a character that grows on you. He’s a tiny bit spazzy, a little bit spacey, has an incessant need to have questions answered and someone you would truly want in your corner. I enjoyed his thought process and hysterical self-approval of things he does. The way he flip flops in his feelings for Bing and Dave can be tough for some readers. However it was really well written and so typical of Jack’s personality. It’s also realistically written because we’ve all had those times in our life that is a total crisis. even if it’s midlife or not.
The mystery aspect of the story was fascinating. I didn’t see some of the twists and turns coming. Or the plot twist towards the end. The way the pieces are laid out and how you get more clues as you go while solving a different piece at the same time was so intriguing. I couldn’t help but keep reading.
The ending made me incredibly happy. All of the mysteries and loose ends were tied up but done in a way that flowed naturally. Jack got his happily ever after and was clearly deeply in love with the man he’s going to spend the rest of his life with.

Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Rob: For the first ten years of writing, I had to write in silence. Now I listen to all kinds of music, from fast to slow, from loud to quiet, mostly music I’ve been listening to forever, that brings me comfort and joy. It’s amazing how I’ve changed over time. Still, I have to edit in complete silence.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Rob: I like to say I have two jobs: a 9 to 5 and a 5 to 9, the latter being my writing. I haven’t stopped writing in nearly twenty years, so I guess you can say I’m a full-time writer with part-time hours.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Rob: I’d never want to write full-time, where it became a job of sorts. I enjoy writing in my spare time. It makes it that much more special.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Rob: Nope. I just write until my brain cramps up. Sometimes I can write all day on a weekend, sometimes for only an hour. I’ve learned to never push it. I simply let the muse take me where she wants to go.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Rob: When I finish writing a book, I edit for three months. Once all the edits are done, I immediately start on my next book. I never like to not be working on something. I’m now writing my eleventh novel, so I guess my strategy is working.

About Rob:
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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