Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kerry Copeland Smith - The Boogie Trapp - Author Interview

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
When I first began writing the book, I had another title in mind.  I would periodically read my wife scenes I had written. One, in particular, she said blew her mind.  She laughingly said, you should call this book the “Boogie Trapp.”  That play on words did it.    

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Have the courage to stand up against evil and never make promises lightly.  The day will come when you must honor them.  A promise should never be broken, especially when God is involved!

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I would say all of it.  Child molesting, sadly, is very real.  Children are molested every day and as my book points out, it’s been going on for years.  It’s something we seem to just expect and accept.  We take no definite action to stop it.  Why?  I can’t  understand.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing some of the more graphic  and racial scenes in the book.  Some of them even made me cringe.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
What someone can accomplish if they are put to a test and are determined to succeed.    

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From my mother, who was an avid reader, and my dad, who was a great story teller, which encouraged me to be the same.  I had thoughts about writing a book for years, but never seemed to find the time until I retired.  After that, I had a promise to keep.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
It would be hard to narrow it down to one, because there are so many great writers out there today.  For their ability to turn historical facts into epic novels, I admire Wilbur Smith and Bernard Cornwell.  For current day mystery and suspense, I love Michael Connelly and John Sandford.  Then, there’s Elmore Leonard, who never fails to entertain.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I am currently working on a new novel, completely different from the “Boogie Trapp.”  But, I find myself wanting to further expand on the adventures of “Boogie” from time to time.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
It’s never too late to realize your dreams: Go for it;  Life is too short.

About the Book

The Boogie Trapp is the story of two young boys—Charles Edward “Trapper” Trapp and the aptly-nicknamed, born-under-a-bad-sign Boogie Smith, the novel’s narrator—and that day, decades ago, when time almost stopped for the boys.

When the novel opens, it’s over a half century later and time finally has stopped—at least for one. Protagonist and narrator Smith, now 72, recounts the day he receives word that his old friend Trapper has passed away. But there is more—far more—than simply grieving the loss of his friend. Weeks later, just as he knew he would, Smith receives a letter from Trapper reminding him to complete what Trapper calls “the last and most important mission” of his life.

Completing that mission means rewinding to April 1949 in Black Creek, Alabama, a small coal mining town just north of Birmingham. Like most of the mining towns of its day, Black Creek has long since vanished, but a dark memory remains. And what follows is the story of that day, April 9, 1949. The day when everything changed.

Friends since the age of five, inseparable since the age of 12, Boogie and Trapper, now 13, had a friendship that went deeper than most, probably because the two were so much alike. Not only did the two look alike and have similar interests, but both boys felt superior to everyone, including each other. Egotistical, overbearing, crude in the way that only 13-year-old boys can be, Boogie and Trapper argued and fought with each other constantly. But they were friends---friends who deep down may not have even liked each other. Even still, life was good for the two. But bad things, as anyone knows, can happen when least expected…

On that day—a day that would be painful to remember, impossible to forget--one choice sets into motion an unspeakable chain of events. A predator. Two unsuspecting kids. An unconscionable and shameful act of brutality, violence, and rage. A choice.

In the end, two men are dead. And two lives—at least two lives— will never be the same.

A page-turning thriller about secrets, promises, justice, and redemption, The Boogie Trapp is a chilling story about the choices made in those moments where life hangs in the balance. A gripping and agonizingly-real story, The Boogie Trapp will leave readers wondering where—or maybe if—the lines between fact and fiction blur within the pages of this extraordinary novel.

Prices/Formats: $29.95 hardcover, $4.99 ebook
Pages: 358
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Peppertree Press
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

About the Author

Kerry Copeland Smith is an Alabama native who calls Florida his home. The Boogie Trapp is his first novel.

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