Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nobody Has To Know by Frank Nappi: Interview








What is the best environment for you to write in? Do you use a pen and paper user or laptop? Do you have any of the following going on while you write: Stone Cold Silent, music playing, animal napping, a drink or snack?

My office is where I do all of my writing. NO music, no snacks. It is the only place where I can get creative. This may be the case with many authors. And I suppose my writing space is not that unlike those of other authors. Well...maybe that’s not entirely true. I do most of my writing in my office at home, a modest room with walls adorned with my most treasured baseball memorabilia, highlighted by a beautiful 16X20 black and white Cooperstown signed photo of Ted Williams which hangs right over my desk. I have other wonderful items in the room as well, including game used spikes signed by Tony Gwynn, an autographed Sports Illustrated cover celebrating Hank Aaron’s 715th home run and two Shea Stadium seats that I acquired after the Mets shut down the old place. There’s lots more as well. My actual desk is littered with items you would expect any author to have handy -- some practical and germane to the writing process and some which hover I suppose in the realm of the idiosyncratic I suppose. I have plenty of pens and pencils, a clock, an old fashioned dictionary, and other office supply stuff like paper clips, tape, staples, etc. The more colorful items cluttering my desktop include a tiny wooden Hemingway House replica I bought while in Key West, a 12 inch Batman figure, New York Met Bobblehead, San Diego Sno Globe, lots of loose family photos and a F.Scott Fitzgerald magnetic finger puppet I received as a gift. It is quite an odd amalgamation of things but it works for me!


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


I wanted to be Tom Seaver. It worked out for a while, until an injury derailed the plan.

What is your favorite saying, phrase or quote?


Of late, I am partial to the Japanese proverb “fall down seven times, get up eight.”


Tell us who your favorite author is and what really strikes you about their work.

My favorite author is probably the favorite author of every writer - or at least he should be. F.Scott Fitzgerald was a linguistic genius. He understood the rhythm of the written word the way a composer understands musical notes. There is such an ease and natural flow to his work - tantamount to the way the birds sing. It’s seamless, beautiful and moving. The Great Gatsby, his signature work, embodies all of these qualities like no other work of American fiction.


Wanna share a deep dark secret about you with us?

Shhhh. I am milk phobic. Stems from an unfortunate incident involving an expired carton of Sunnydale and an overzealous, somewhat tyrannical 3rd grade teacher. Enough said.

Light or dark chocolate?
Dark for sure.

So fill us in on your current release.

Nobody Has to Know is a dark and somewhat daring psychological thriller that, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him. Nobody Has to Know is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love. On a more profound level, Nobody Has To Know illustrates how the landscape of our past influences our present and how, sadly, some of these more indelible moments hold us prisoner for the duration of our lives.


Where did you come up with the idea for your book?

Having taught in a high school for almost 25 years has afforded me a wealth of material with which to work -- some fact, some fiction. It has also provided me with a glimpse into the world of young people who, for a variety of reasons, sometimes are damaged and unable to navigate the treacherous landscape of adolescence successfully. Nobody Has To Know is a sobering look at the fractured psyche, and the disastrous results that occur when more than one of these individuals collide.


And what was the hardest part of writing it?

The most challenging aspect of writing this novel was creating a protagonist who, despite obvious flaws and some objectionable behaviors, was not completely off-putting to the reader. This required some very careful crafting and a lot of editing and revising.


What kind of method do you use to create your characters, their names and backgrounds? What is it that makes them believable?


My approach to this is most likely no different than the approach of other authors. In any great work, one that resonates with the reader, there needs to be authenticity with regard to the characters. If a reader does not invest in the characters, the author’s message is lost. It is my experience that “real characters” think and act just as real folks would. There is nothing contrived about their existence – their words and emotional responses to situations are emblematic of those of real people. This can be accomplished in part through the use of flashbacks, which become windows into the psyches of these individuals. If a reader knows where a character has been, where he is presently becomes far more plausible.


Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

I have taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. My debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. My follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. I continue to write, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story, and I am presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. And of course. Nobody Has To Know is my latest release. I live on Long Island with my wife Julia and our two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.




 
 
 
 
Nobody Has To Know, Frank Nappi’s dark and daring new thriller, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him. NHTK is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love.



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Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA’s silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story “A Mile in His Shoes” starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the just released thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.   
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