Saturday, November 23, 2013

Author interview with ZACK LOVE!!!! *swoon*

Welcome Author Zack Love! 
Thank you for doing an interview with Sweet, Beautiful, Moments in West FL!!

Tell us a little about your most recent release.

ZACK LOVE: Thanks so much for inviting me on to your blog, Jen! 

Here's the synopsis for my novel, which was published just last month:

New York City, May 2000. The Internet bubble has burst, and Evan's boss fires him with an email. The next day, his girlfriend dumps him, also via email. Afraid to check any more emails, Evan desperately seeks a rebound romance but the catastrophes that ensue go from bad to hilariously worse. Fortunately, Evan meets someone whose legendary disasters with females eclipse even his own.

To reverse their fortunes, they recruit their friends into a group of five guys who take on Manhattan in pursuit of dates, sex, and adventure. With musings about life, relationships, and human psychology, this quintessential New York story about the search for happiness follows five men on their comical paths to trouble, self-discovery, and love.

My Review:
*****Five Stars *****

Absolutely loved reading about Evan and his friends and their adventures of being single in NYC! Growing up in the 90's and living through the age of tech changes, I totally fell in love with this book. The five main male characters have great witty and sophisticated dialog and higher education humor. Misadventures happen to bring friends together in the most unthinkable conditions. 

I came away with some quirky Heeb-isms and Evan-isms and even a few Narc-isms....for those who have yet to enjoy this book, trust me, each man is humorously and/or lovably unique. So let me share my thoughts on the men... 

Evan...oh, Evan Cheson, total geek and computer programmer who is "actually charming and good-looking...with a full head of thick eyes...athletic six-foot-one.." *swoon* he sounds so dreamy...and then you realize he's had some not-so-great luck. I mean, he starts off "losing a job and girlfriend, each via email, one day after the next." You can't help but hope something good happens to this sexy 29 yr old man. With the women of NYC though, confidence is a must! The women you are introduced to as you follow Evan's adventures are either "9+ hotties" or giving him a "freebie" that is most definitely NOT free! 

Lucky Chucky and Heeb are our next men we come across...Roommates at Harvard, Carlos was dubbed "Lucky Chucky" since he was lucky in everything he did...and not only the luck but the looks as well, something close to a "Latin Telenova Star." However, Sammy had no luck with women, with his "baby face...compact nose...and the thin brown layer of hair combed over...five feet eight inches...and willing to barter math skills." Sammy's nickname came from Carlos because "Heeb. You're a dweeby Heeby who explains nicknames with syllogisms." And thus the nicknames and friendship was formed between two total social opposites. There is so much hilarity that ensues when they venture out that you can't help the out-loud chuckles at some of the social awkwardness that happens.

Narc is a whole other drink of tall, delicious man! Being Evan's roommate at Brown, Yi Wang, as he was known in his home, was six foot two and broke the norm of Chinese men. To his friends, he was "Narc" because he was always willing to try the latest narcotics to hit the 'hood. His passions were basketball and women!! But don't talk any smack on his ethnic background or family! After Evan meets Heeb, the two form an unlikely Posse of men and take on the city of NY (with Narc being one of Evan's recruits into the group)!! 

I love that its a man's point of view about relationships and friendships and living in the big city. Love, Lust and Life lessons are written in a way to make you think and remember a time when things were less and more complicated in the world of technology. This is a must read for anyone who remembers giving your email instead of your facebook! And I can't wait for "Sex in the Sequel." 

Just some of the many hilarious moments were captured in these memorable quotes:
---"It's about as original and sincere as a flight attendant greeting." 
---"Alex, as long as I can keep coming back for one last charity fu@k like this, I may eventually come to terms with the idea that we're breaking up." 
---"Dropping the H bomb" 
---"But your Jewish!"
"Yeah, but I'm a bagel Jew." 
---"No. Sex is different. Sex is a sinfully dirty act...And it's probably very crude and imperfect in reality." 
---"Laughing out Loud at Losers of Lust." 
---"Amen. God bless the penis."

Here were the Questions...

If someone asked you why they should read it... What would you say?
ZACK LOVE: I'd say there there's something in it for everyone -- especially if you're looking for a good laugh and/or a nostalgic walk through the New York City dating scene back around Y2K. But I tried to write something that could be enjoyed by just about any reader -- male, female, single, married, seeking fluff or substance. 

If you had to describe your writing style with one word... What would it be and why?
ZACK LOVE: genre-busting. It's not any one kind of writing, really. Sometimes it's dialogue-driven, other times philosophical, and other times completely ridiculous.

If you had to describe yourself with one word... What would it be and why?
ZACK LOVE: Delusional. How else can one crank out imagined worlds and then presume that enough people will want to pay for them to put dinner on the table?

What is the thing you find toughest about being an Author?
ZACK LOVE: That it's just me and a few hundred other million people trying to be authors. Sometimes I wonder if there are more writers than readers. That could spell trouble for us.

Is there an Author that inspires you to write?
ZACK LOVE: Not really. The inspiration to write is more of a compulsion -- or even a malady -- and I've had it since before I could even name authors.

Who is your favorite Author, currently?
ZACK LOVE: Don't really have one. I'm a huge fan of Milan Kundera, the Russian writers (Nabakov, Tolstoy, Dostoyevksy, etc.), Mark Twain, and so many others that it becomes clear that I really am quite far from having a favorite "one!"

What is your favorite book of all time and Why?
ZACK LOVE: Same problem here.

When reading... What genre do you prefer?
ZACK LOVE: Same problem here too. Wow, I'm starting to feel like one of those annoyingly uncooperative interviewees, but my preferred genre really depends on my mood. 

We all claim a book boyfriend or girlfriend at one time or another... Who is your current book boy/girl friend? 
ZACK LOVE: I have yet to find a "book girlfriend" who's any good at making out, so I'm currently single in that department. But if at some point I tire of human girlfriends, I may have to explore the book version!

Enough about books... 

Let's get to know you!!!

This or That? 
ZACK LOVE: Definitely that. You've had enough of "this or that" and "this and that" in my answers. So this time, let's just go with a very definitive and decisive THAT.

Vanilla or Chocolate? 
ZACK LOVE: Chocolate, although I'd really prefer to get a scoop of each.

Sour or Sweet? 
ZACK LOVE: Depends what the food is, but generally sweet.

Money or Happiness? 
ZACK LOVE: Well, considering that I don't have much money, I'm going to assume that this means my answer is happiness!

In the bedroom...

Submissive or Dominant? 
ZACK LOVE: Is this a Playgirl interview?

Handcuffs or Blindfold? 
ZACK LOVE: Apparently, this a Playgirl interview! But then you'd probably want a photo of my six-pack abs...

Whipped Cream or Lotion? 
ZACK LOVE: Whipped cream tastes so much better!

Sweet/Slow or Hard/Fast ?
ZACK LOVE: All of the above!

Thank you for spending time with Sweet, Beautiful, Moments in West FL and hope everyone enjoyed your visit and learned a little more about the author of "SEX in the Title" 

Be sure to grab your copy of Zack's book over at AMAZON!! 
Follow Zack on FaceBook and Goodreads too!!

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