Hello fellow readers and welcome to my favorite segment, Lightning Round! I’ve realized with the growing community of book reviews and related content posts that it’s difficult to fit in reading all of the things we want to. After brainstorming in an effort to connect readers with authors in a more personal way, I came up with the idea for these “bullet interviews”-think more of a get to know the person who’s writing the book rather than us trying to sell you a piece of merchandise. It’s a fun, fast segment, similar to the templates you currently see in Instagram stories. Today’s guest is Derek Milman, author of Scream All Night, out July 24th! (If you missed my review on Goodreads you can find it HERE!). Please join me in giving Derek a warm welcome and come chuckle along with me at his fabulous answers to my ridiculous questions. 😉
Name: Derek Milman
Birthday: March 21st.
Current Location: Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
Job: Summer camp counselor
Car: Toyota Camry
Pet: We just had a fish tank and then they all died (I know, I know)
Crush: Fellow student, English class, sophomore year, High School
TV Show: Cheers
Song: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out/The Smiths
Vacation: Cape Cod
High School Prom Theme: I think the theme was “mid-budget midtown hotel ballroom”
Award/Honor: My first award/honor was winning a Battle of the Wits contest in high school
Beloved Indie Book Store: Spoonbill & Sugartown
Book: Franny & Zooey
Author: J.D. Salinger
Book to Movie Adaption: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
This or That:
Reading During the Day or Night: Night
Comedy or Drama: Comedy
Physical Book or E-Reader: Physical
Road Trip or Plane: Plane
Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings: HP!
Wine or Beer: Wine
Sushi or Tacos: Tacos
Early Riser or Night Owl: Night Owl
Introvert or Extrovert: I’m an INFJ
Breakfast or Dinner: Dinner
Derek was born in New York City, and raised in Westchester County, NY. In grade school he wrote short stories about stuff like aliens and submarines and magical strawberries. He would frequently send story ideas to computer game companies, which would always result in an awkward phone call informing Derek that, at eight years old, he was too young to be put on their payroll. In high school, Derek published an underground humor magazine (sold in local stores) that caught the attention of the New York Times, who wrote a profile on him at the tender age of 14.
Derek studied English, Theater, and Creative Writing at Northwestern University. He started off as a playwright and screenwriter–his first play was produced in New York City right after he graduated college–and went on to receive an MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama. As a classically trained actor, Derek has performed on stages across the country, and appeared in numerous TV shows and films, working with two Academy Award winning film directors.
Derek has taught at a film school in NYC, worked the front desk of a yoga studio, and had a very short stint as a DJ in a Lower East Side club (if you tipped him well enough, he would pretend to have that New Order B-side no one ever heard of). He began writing YA fiction a few years ago. Scream All Night is his debut novel. Night Flight, coming in 2019 from Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson will be his second novel for young adults.
Derek currently lives in Brooklyn, where he writes fiction full time, wanders the waterfront staring at the Manhattan skyline, plays video games, and buys lime green hoodies made out of locally-sourced hemp.