Almost Night - Jacob Wallace
I am a fan of parodies in general - I mean, my husband and I both knew it was true love when we saw each other's collection of Weird Al CDs.
But I am more particular when it comes to comedies. And while I fully appreciated what Wallace was wanting to accomplish with this book (and there were multiple occasions where I did laugh, chuckle, or even smile awkwardly) this book had just a little too much R-rating in it for me to fully enjoy it.
That being said, I think there are plenty of people who would enjoy this book - especially if you enjoy closer to Rated R humor.
Writing was well done, plot was bizarre and enjoyable, I just wanted the humor to be toned down just a little -- but that's just my personal preference.
Some Bio Information
I was born and raised in Louisiana and now live in Tennessee. I have been writing on and off for a while since my teenage years. I just love writing. My favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, and I especially like combining the two together.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
I started to world build first by creating a universe that let fantasy world progress past the sword stage and all the way into the space age stage, and have many fantasy species be aliens. Then I tried to think of stories to put in it, and as I was brainstorming, the idea to parody Twilight just stuck.
2. Was there a deciding point in your life that made you want to become an author?
I've wanted to be an author for a long time. Ever since I was a teenager, I was writing stories in notebooks.
3. Are there any authors who influence your writing?
Well, that's a tough one. I feel inspired by multiple sources for humor mixed with fantasy such as Terry Pratchett, Jim Butcher, and Harvard Lampoon. With some vulgarity from American Pie.
4. Can you tell me a little bit about your writing process?
My writing process is pretty straightforward. First I brainstorm ideas, then I try to develop ideas. Once an idea starts to stick I start trying to outline that idea into a plot. Then I write a first draft. Then I go back over and over until I am satisfied with the final product. Mix in some writers block and frustration along some of the steps and a bit of daydreaming when not writing.
5. Who is your favorite character in your work?
The vampires were a lot of fun to write since they have no conscience and so have a lot of opportunity for sadistic/dark humor. To pick one, I'd go with the half vampire Ed'Bocaj since she has naïveté on top of sadism.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
I try to be descriptive to paint a picture of the surroundings and narrative to tell the events that happen. The story is told from third person limited, and stays in Stella's head throughout the story (except for the epilogue). The sequel shows the story from other characters' points of view, mostly Ed'Bocaj and Stella.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
Well, there is the ultimate dream of becoming rich and famous. Realistically, I would just like to continuously release books, have a nice little fanbase, and be notable enough for Wikipedia.