Interview with Christopher Cloud, author of A Boy Called Duct Tape


Publisher: Createspace

Publication Date: April 6, 2012

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Pablo’s Search for the Jesse James Treasure

Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t escape the bullying.

Pablo’s luck begins to change after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming with his sister in a river near their home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the “lost treasure” of the outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin?

He is determined to find out, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, hire an ill-mannered cave guide, Monroe Huff, and begin a treacherous underground adventure in search of treasure. Their treasure hunt is made more perilous because they are being followed by the notorious Blood brothers, who want the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will stop at nothing to claim the treasure as their own.

Author Bio: Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a major oil company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. He created the board game Sixth Sense in 2003. Chris lives in Joplin, Missouri, and enjoys golf and hiking.

Interview: Please tell readers about your current book.

A Boy Called Duct Tape tells the story of Pablo Perez, a 12-year-old poor kid without much going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” because his tattered discount-store sneakers are held together with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t escape the bullying.

Pablo’s luck, however, changes after he finds a $20 gold coin while swimming in a river near his home. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map at the county fair. The map shows the route to the “lost treasure” of Jesse James; the treasure if hidden deep inside a cave. Pablo can’t help but wonder: Is there a link between the map and the gold coin he found? He is determined to find out, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, hire an ill-natured cave guide, and begin a treacherous underground adventure in search of treasure.

Who or what inspires your writing?

The works of John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and others inspire me.

When did you know you would be a writer?

I took my first writing job with the El Paso Times as a 19-year-old college student. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a writer, and for the next four decades I earned a living as a writer on newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. Later, I worked as a writer for Sun Oil Company. Later still, I operated my own public relations firm. Although I had always dreamed of writing fiction, I didn’t begin my first novel until I was retired and in my sixties.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?

In 2011, I wrote Latitude 38, a dystopian thriller, in roughly three months. The novel was published in 2012.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

I find writing and rewriting rewarding, but I hate to edit. Thankfully, I work with a professional editor who lives in New Mexico.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I write four or five hours a day, seven days a week, but no rituals, per se.

Have you written anything else? 

I have also written a young-adult coming-of-age story titled Voices of the Locusts, and a crime thriller called Dallas By 3 ½. Both novels were published in 2013.

Any advice to aspiring writers?

Don’t wait for that flash of creativity. Writing is less about creativity and more about discipline.

Who are your favorite Authors?

Stephen King is at the top of my list. Although a few of his novels are stinkers, most are well-crafted works of art. John Steinbeck rates high, also. His Tortilla Flat and The Grapes of Wrath are classics. Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye are likewise a couple of my favorites. J.K. Rowling has also earned a literary place in my heart.

What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?

Two books that most affected me were Ayn Rand’s The Virtues of Selfishness and Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth.

What are you currently reading?

Memoirs of a Geisha. 

How do readers find out more about you?

Visit my website.

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