Writer Interviews: Alan Cupp

Posted by on April 2, 2013

Alan Cupp HSMM front cover


Chicago PI Carter Mays is thrust into a perilous masquerade when local rich girl Cindy Bedford hires him. Turns out her fiancé failed to show up on their wedding day, the same day millions of dollars are stolen from her father’s company. While Carter takes the case, Cindy’s father tries to find him his own way. With nasty secrets, hidden finances, and a trail of revenge, it’s soon apparent no one is who they say they are.

Carter searches for the truth, but the situation grows more volatile as panic collides with vulnerability. Broken relationships and blurred loyalties turn deadly, fueled by past offenses and present vendettas in a quest to reveal the truth behind the masks before no one, including Carter, gets out alive.

1. Describe your writing routine and/or schedule?
I’ll be honest, I don’t have a set schedule. I tend to write in spurts.

2. What do you do if you get writer’s block?
I walk away. Sometimes it’s easier for me to gain some direction if I’m not sitting staring at the monitor that’s waiting for me to type something.

3. Who do you read, or recommend other writer’s read, in regards to craft?
There’s so much out there, with books, articles, and discussion boards. I don’t believe there’s one set formula. Whether it’s fiction, songwriting, acting, or even a baseball swing, people have proven to be successful with a variety of approaches.

4. Who do you read for fun?
John Grisham.

5. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Tell us about it.
I first sat down to write a story about eighteen years ago. I’ve always had a creative mind, but up until that point, I never tried to write a book. I was working second shift and by the time I got home, my family was already in bed and I would sit down at the computer and write.

6. What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
Be patient and don’t take rejection personally. It takes time.

7. What do you think is the most important skill to have to succeed as a writer?
Well, first you have to creativity. After that, everything else is a learning process.

8. What is your favorite food and/or drink?
That’s tough. I like a lot of foods. But I’ll try to narrow it down to a few of my top picks which include pizza, cheesecake, homemade bread, and chocolate. Great, now I’m hungry.

9. Do you have a favorite book or movie?
Again, it’s hard for me to narrow it down. For my favorite book, I’d say, THE TESTAMENT, by John Grisham. As far as movies, PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES, MISERY, and THE BOOK OF ELI rank up there as favorites.

10. Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you’d like to share?

Thank you, Kristi for having me on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity to hang out with you and your readers.

You can buy Alan’s book here and here and other locations and formats that can be found here.

Alan Cupp loves to create and entertain, whether it’s with a captivating mystery novel or a funny promotional video for his church, he’s always anticipating his next creative endeavor. In addition to writing fiction, Alan enjoys acting, music, travel, and playing sports. His life’s motto is, “It’s better to wear out than rust out.” Alan places a high value on time spent with his beautiful wife and their two sons. He lives his life according to his 4F philosophy: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.

One Response to Writer Interviews: Alan Cupp

  1. Jackie Bryant

    I worked that second shift with Alan Cupp. I always knew he was meant to do bigger and better things. I still have a poem he wrote to me just joking around in the way he always did, it is called perplexed. He was and always will be a dear friend. I am so happy he has succeeded at his dreams. He and his family deserve all the happiness in the world.