Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Interview with Frank Nappi: Author of "Nobody has to know"

Original Title: Nobody has to know
Author: Frank Nappi
Publisher:  G Agency LLC
Release Date: October 7th 2012
Genre: Thriller

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.

“A haunting, briskly-paced page turner that explores the darkest recesses of the human psyche while propelling the reader through an intricate series of hair-raising twists and turns. Nobody Has to Know is a masterfully written tale that is expertly told. Frank Nappi knows how to
entertain the reader from start to finish.”
– #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille


What inspired you to want to become a writer? 

I have always had this propensity to write – a love for the written word that to the best of my recollection is ineffable. I really believe it is in my DNA.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

San Diego. I am very much an outdoors person and would acclimate very well to the temperate climate in San Diego. Love the zoo too!!!

What is your favorite Quote? 

I have many favorites, but of late, the Japanese proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight” has become somewhat of a mantra of mine. Dealing with the vicissitudes of life can be challenging at times and all we really have as our defense is an undaunted spirit.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 

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. The Great Gatsby, his signature work, embodies all of these qualities like no other work of American fiction. His shorter fiction is just as engaging. This level of excellence has influenced me greatly.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 

I can see myself, in part anyway, in just about all of my characters. I don’t think an author can craft a character who is completely devoid of the author’s essence. Writer’s become very close with their work; consequently, each personality they create becomes an amalgam of himself and others whom he has observed over time.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 

Probably to date the craziest writing idea I’ve had was coming up with the plot for my latest release Nobody Has to Know! It seems to have struck a chord with many!!

Favorite music? 

Country hands down. No other genre possesses the story telling quality that Country music has.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? 

F. Scott Fitzgerald for sure…and a more modern pick would be Nelson DeMille.


  1. Good questions Vidya. That was fun.
    Frank is a superb writer and reading how he describes Fitzgerald's writing is a treat in itself.


  2. Controversial book but I enjoyed it.


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