Written by Helena Littman, email@example.com Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00
Bestselling author Jonathan Tropper appeared at The Dolphin Bookshop on July 22 to discuss his new book, his career, and to do what authors do, sign books. The event was sponsored by Dolphin and the Soundview Cinemas. The owners of the newly opened cinema chose to support the event because “we want to help this community and its local businesses as much as possible. We are excited to represent this community.” The event was a big success, with a high attendance.
New York native Tropper told the audience that he originally wanted to be a rock star, but that didn’t exactly work out. As he got older, he started to get into reading, and was inspired to start writing as well. He knew that he wanted to be a writer since high school, but he wasn’t sure whether he would write movies or books or something else entirely.
Tropper is now the author of six novels; Plan B, The Book Of Joe, Everything Changes, How To Talk To A Widower, This Is Where I Leave You, and most recently One Last Thing Before I Go. Tropper admits that One Last Thing Before I Go is a bit of a departure from his other books. In his other books he wrote first person accounts of people’s lives just when things were about to go wrong, or when things just went wrong. He then addressed ideas such as redemption and recovery.
In his new book, Tropper focuses more on regret, and what happens when it’s too late for redemption. It usually takes Tropper about a year to write a book, but interestingly enough, he found that it took him longer to write One Last Thing Before I Go. The book is about a divorced man, who pretty much has bad relationships with everyone he knows. He then finds out that he is sick, but chooses not to get surgery to prolong his life. Instead, he decides to just live for the time he has left. The book focuses on his struggle and how his family tries to save him. Although, Tropper concentrates on heavy subjects in his novels, he still finds a way to keep his writing light and entertaining.
Tropper got the inspiration for his latest book from a man he saw sitting in a pizza place. The man appeared to be a total mess with no real relationships in his life. This caused Tropper to consider what mistakes you would have to make to end up like that man. It inspired the main character in One Last Thing Before I Go. Tropper finds that he can get inspiration from almost anywhere. He sometimes gets ideas from stories or conversations he witnesses in his life. He often begins by writing about a particular feeling. “I usually start by wanting to tell a certain emotional journey, and then everything else fills itself in” he explained. Although he gets inspiration from his own life, Tropper finds that he hardly ever bases characters on real people.
As well as being an author, Tropper has also found his way in the movie and TV world. Tropper wrote the screenplay and was an executive producer for the movie of his book This Is Where I Leave You. The movie was recently filmed nearby in Manhasset, which had a lot of the characteristics they were looking for.
As for TV, Tropper is a co-creator, screenwriter, and executive producer for the Cinemax series Banshee. Interestingly enough, the show is nothing like his writing. While his novels are witty and insightful, Banshee is a drama with lots of violence. “Fans of my books that go to that show are incredibly traumatized, and fans of that show that come to my books are incredible let down. They are not remotely similar,” he explained.
Although, he is busy with all his different projects, Tropper admits that he likes the creative diversification. He finds that he is actually more productive when working on different kinds of writing. Between his heartwarming books, and his dramatic television show, Tropper seems to offer something for everyone. His books are available at The Dolphin Bookshop.