Interview with Frank Nappi, author of Nobody Has To Know

Publisher: G Agency LLC

Publish Date: October 16, 2012

Order From:  Kindle

Synopsis: 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.

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.

Author Bio: 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 is presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

Author Interview: 1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel(s)?

There is no formula I use for coming up with ideas for my novels. Essentially, when I observe a facet of the human condition that I feel is worthy of  exploration, I begin to create scenarios or vehicles through which I may examine this.  The rest of the process sort of evolves from there.

2. Is there a message in your novel(s) that you want readers to grasp?

Sure, and each one is different. I believe that every author likes to think that a reader is a little “better off” after having read what’s been written. Books have a way of delivering messages that transcend the simple space which they occupy. Good fiction, in my estimation, has the power to provide insights into the human experience.

3. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

I can say this with absolutely no trepidation whatsoever: No!! Because Nobody Has To Know marks my foray into the world of Mystery/Thriller, I toiled over many aspects of the book and did change many things. It was a somewhat arduous process but well worth it. I believe the story works pretty well as is.

4. What was the hardest part of writing your novel(s)?

Again, the writing of Nobody Has To Know was quite different from the experience I had with Echoes From The Infantry and my Mickey Tussler series.  Because of the sensitive nature of the subject matter in Nobody Has To Know, I had to remain cognizant of the potential pitfall of having my protagonist be viewed as a social deviant.  The character is far more complex than that and I was ever mindful of the difficulty germane to making him relatable. I hope that readers will see him as a regular person whose past experiences and misfortunes shape his decision making.

5. Did you learn anything from writing your novel(s) and what was it?

Each time I write, I learn a little more about myself. Even though the characters I create are fictional, spending a lot of time with these “folks,”  provides me with an opportunity to become introspective and some self actualization occurs during that process. It is one of the most fascinating aspects of the writing process.

6. Did you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

Well I suppose everyone wants me to say that I listen to Beethoven or Mozart, or perhaps some plaintive jazz to get me in the mood. That would probably be the sexy author answer. But, the truth is, I prefer quiet -- just the sound of my fingers on the keyboard.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Vaguely. I can remember writing a story when I was very young - maybe five or six years old. It was about a king who rescues a girl and makes her his queen. Not really sure where the idea came from, or even how good it was. I just remember my mom typing it for me when I was finished and that image always makes me smile. 

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that 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.

9. Tell us your latest news.

Well, after completing Nobody Has To Know, I began working on the final installment of my Mickey Tussler series. The book is called Welcome To The Show. I have also begun playing with an idea for a second thriller but that is still very much in its incipient stages.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just a most sincere thank you for their interest. And a warm invitation for them to visit my website ( and drop me a quick note. I love reader emails! And, I answer all of them. 


  1. Thanks so much for the author interview and this great posting for NOBODY HAS TO KNOW!


  2. Star, thanks for featuring Frank's latest!

    P.S. For early December, Frank is donating all of the proceeds from the sale of 'Nobody Has to Know' to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. His own community where he teaches high school English, Oceanside, was devastated by the storm.


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