Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Get Lost with Author Alan Cupp & Malicious Masquerade

Readers, I love a good mystery, I love masquerades even more. Our guest today writes about both. Please welcome Alan Cupp to Get Lost in a Story as he answers our fun questions.

About Malicious Masquerade: 

Chicago PI Carter Mays is thrust into a perilous masquerade when local rich girl Cindy Bedford hires him. Turns out her fiancĂ© 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.


DONNELL:  Hello, Alan:  Your novel sounds like my kind of read.  So we’ll get right to it.  Have you ever attended a masquerade party?  What was your costume?

ALAN: Hi Donnell. Thank you for having me on today. No, I haven’t attended a masquerade party. My wife and I did attend a mystery dinner once, but it was regular dress attire. No costumes, but it was fun.

DONNELL:  Your protagonist is a Chicago PI.  Close to home?  Any reason you set your book in Chicago?

ALAN: I typically am not a big city guy, but I do like Chicago, having visited there a few occasions. I’ve always described it as big city with a small town feel, if that makes any sense. When I started the story, that’s just where my mind happened to go.

DONNELL:  Is mystery your first love?  Who influenced your writing career?

ALAN: I don’t know that I’d say mystery is my first love. I tend to just think of a good scenario and start writing. After I’m into it for a little while, that’s usually when I start thinking about what genre it fits into the best. As far as influences, I really like John Grisham.

DONNELL:  Poor girl left at the altar.  This is a work of fiction, correct?

ALAN: Yes, definitely a work of fiction.

DONNELL:  And will we see Carter Mays in future novels as in a series?

ALAN: As of right now, I don’t have anything further in mind for Carter, but there’s always a possibility he may return.

DONNELL:  Alan, what’s in your refrigerator right now?

ALAN: Cheese, yogurt, milk (white & chocolate) We’re big on dairy at my house.

DONNELL:  How many hats do you have in your closet?

ALAN: Five or six, but I seldom where hats. I’m just not a hat guy.

DONNELL:  Complete this sentence.  If I’m not writing, you’ll find me . . .

ALAN: playing. I’m still a big kid who enjoys active competition. My favorites include Ultimate Frisbee, softball, and volleyball.

DONNELL:  True or false:  I’m extremely organized.

ALAN:  True. I am organized, but to someone who doesn’t understand my methods, it may not appear that way.

DONNELL:  Money’s no option and you’re planning your vacation.  Where are you going?

ALAN:  Maui! It’s my favorite place I’ve ever visited.

DONNELL:  If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be, and why?

ALAN: Kris Kristofferson. He’s lived such a diverse an interesting life, risking everything to pursue what he was truly passionate about. He passed up an opportunity to teach at West Point and worked as a janitor to pursue his song-writing career. Obviously, it worked at quite well for him. That’s inspiring.

DONNELL:  Great answers.  Thanks for letting us get to know you. 


What would be the title of your life’s story?  And for a commenter, he'll give away an Advanced Reader Copy of MALICIOUS MASQUERADE.




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  1. Alan, Masquerade sounds like a fantastic read. Good luck on your blog tour and thanks for joining us today!

  2. Masquerade sounds terrific!

    That is a hard one about the title. As long as it is NOT Les Miserable, I am ok.


    My husband picked that saying up on a magnet at an airport long ago, but honestly, it's the absolute truth. Most people think I'm using my story-telling ability when discussing what's happened in my life. LOL

    WELCOME to GLIAS, Alan. I hope you have a great day 'Getting Lost'.

  4. I wish I had something pithy to say for the story of my life.

    Or perhaps THAT should be the title?

    My name says it all:


    Congratulations on your release. I have read several books from Henery and they've all been fantastic. I look forward to this.


  5. Happy release day, Alan! I have my copy of Malicious Masquerade waiting in the queue. I can't wait to get to it. :)

    Great interview!

  6. Congrats on your release, Alan. I enjoyed Carter Mays and hope you do use him in the future! He's a great character.

  7. Happy release day! Maybe "not finished yet"?

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  9. Happy Book Birthday, Alan! I hope you're having a great day.

    Fabulous interview, Alan and Donnell!

    My life story: hmmmm. "Where You Lead." I like that one. :)

  10. Congrats, Alan! Great interview and I LOVE Chicago. May Carter Mays live to see another book!