Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Roger Rapel ~ an interview and his novel ~ Gift or Curse

Title: Gift or Curse?
Author: Roger Rapel
Genre: Suspense/Paranormal Thriller
Length: 321 pages
Release Date: July 10, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1512163278
IMPRINT: Black Hawk

Roger Rapel

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: manicured lawns with flower borders

Q: If you didn’t have to clean them, how many bathrooms would you have in your home?  
A: depends on how many in the family but probably 2 maybe 3
                       How many if you have to clean them?
A: probably 2

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
A: soft music mixed in with ocean waves

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: very adaptable listening ear from 50’s 60’s and 70’s pop to classical with a splash of country. My favourite song would depend on my mood, but Ravels Bolero, 1812 overture, nights in white satin (moody blues) whiter shade of pale (procul Harem) If feeling patriotic; Jerusalem, land of hope and glory. So as you can see a broad spectrum.

Q: Coffee or Tea?
A: Definitely coffee.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: Okay, like swimming.

Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A: It’s okay.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A: Play by ear

Q: When crafting the story do you go from beginning to end, or do you jump around writing the scenes that are pushing themselves forward in your brain?
A: All over the place

Q: Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
A: No idea haven’t got a clue, sometimes such as Cindy, because I know what the end is I have an idea, but in between no idea it just comes.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A: Completely true, my book ‘Gift or Curse’ I met woman who is now a friend as is her husband, I met her in a bank so  started chatting she then told me she was a tarot reader.  Then bang what if? So started writing about a woman who was a tarot reader. So to get first-hand knowledge I asked her to give me a reading which she did. Anyway the story was going to be about – to be honest I don’t know- a woman the daughter of the tarot reader has visions when she touches an object or shakes a person’s hand. The main character is on a coach going to meet his estranged wife to settle a nasty divorce. The daughter shakes hands with the man on the coach and a vision appears of a knife being pulled from a woman’s chest. Is that her or his wife?
The idea was a murder mystery but as the writing went chapter by chapter it took me how I don’t know into the world of spymasters MI6 CIA and the KGB. Great really enjoyed it.

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: Anywhere no particular place the characters will dictate where they are I haven’t a clue; sometimes on a beach in an office, but sometimes sat in the interview rom sending steely eyes at the suspect with deep questions getting into the back of his mind is a good place to be.

Q: Which holiday celebrations do you like to incorporate into your stories and why?
A: Not really thought of that in the books but if the joint venture does come off then probably summer holidays as it will probably be a romantic setting and a chance meeting-perhaps.

Q: Generally speaking, is your work based on real life experience? If it's not would you want it to be?
A: It is most is on what I know and what I have dealt with.

Q: How long does it take you to create a novel?
A: sometimes depending on the research weeks; then others months depending on the way it flows no set time period.

Q: Do you like to read the genre that you write?
A: Sometimes.

Q: How does the woman in your life feel about the genre you write? Has he/she read any of your work?
A: Not applicable at the moment.


My latest work has just been released! 

Mark was travelling by coach on the long journey to meet his estranged wife to try and sort out amicably their divorce. He met Michaela whilst on the coach, which ended with them having a relationship, but what he didn’t know, in the beginning anyhow, was she could sometimes see visions when she touched an object or by the shaking of someone’s hand. Her mind’s eye would be blinded by a searing white light and as the light gradually dissipated she would see the vision as clear as day.

She touched Mark’s hand then bang! The white out happened. She called it a curse; her mother called it a gift. She couldn’t tell Mark what she had seen but he knew something was wrong, what had she seen…?

The occult ran in the family as Michaela’s mother was a Tarot card reader or was she…?

Marks wife was leading a double life. On the surface a high flying city executive reaching for the top or was she…?

The reader will be taken through twists and turns of the secret services including MI6, CIA, MOSSAD and the KGB which is not apparent in the beginning; no one is who they say they are, intrigue and double agents abound.

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