Bio Quote: “I grew up in Rochester New York; my dad was a prominent doctor there. I attended the University of Notre Dame and grew up to marry the prettiest girl in Rochester… by far. (We’re still married.)
I always wanted to work in the movies. My graduate program at Stanford got me an internship at MGM and I worked on TV specials with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). I became good friends with both of them. Later I wrote for the Wonderful World of Disney. I left Hollywood for a while and worked for Eastman Kodak as an Instructional Designer, Bank of America as manager of their TV studios, Hewlett Packard as manager of their creative group, and Apple computer as manager of learning technologies. When my boss at Apple went to Hollywood, she took me with her. We were back in Hollywood again… but still were able to live in the San Francisco area.
I commented every week and used the accumulated miles to visit Europe a lot. That’s why some of my books have realistic European settings. At Paramount Pictures I designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style training simulations for the military. Through all of this I was writing novels, but I could never get them published even though my friend Dr. Seuss worked with his publishers on my behalf. I found a tech publisher and sold lots of books about the technology on which I worked, but that wasn’t really what I wanted to be doing.
When I left Paramount I started writing novels so that I could build my own worlds. My first sci-fi novel was about a high tech simulation like the ones I worked on for the army, but this simulation had futuristic technology and was invaded by vampires. I first called it Virtual Vampires but now have just e-published it as Bloody Bess and the doomsday Games.
I also wrote other horror novels inspired by Stephen King’s deep, creepy characters. Now, I work with a writing partner. His pen name is John P. Mendoza, and even though I do all the writing, his participation in story development makes things much simpler. I love developing characters and letting them tell me where the story is supposed to go.
These days, my favorite person is Alicia Mann who is the driving force in our current Carlos Mann Trilogy: Alicia’s Ghost, Alicia’s Sin & Alicia Bewitched. Can’t get enough of her. I have expanded on many of the details of my biography in the blogs that I write at www.nickiuppawrites.com.”
What makes you proud to be a writer from San Francisco, Silicon Valley? San Francisco gives me a built-in atmosphere for my stories. Everyone loves the place. So it’s easy for me to write about exotic locations all within driving distance. It has also given me entre to Hollywood, Stanford University, the high sierra mountains, and the surrounding desert. It rounds out my experience growing up in Upstate New York and going to college in the Midwest.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My father was a well-know doctor and a world war two hero. But I could tell that he really wanted to become a writer. He talked all his life about the books he wanted to write. But he died relatively young and never got a chance to do it
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I was in grade school I wrote a book that the nuns told me they wanted to get published but never did. When I developed a fast friendship with Dr. Seuss, I tried to get several children’s books published. But it wasn’t until I retired that I decided to write full time and make a concerted effort to get published. I had written and had published (By Focal Press) many technical books, but I really didn’t like doing non-fiction. Writing fiction is what I really enjoy.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing, and did you use it to your advantage? I still set parts of my books in Upstate New York. I feel that I know the area very well and can write to the time and place and create that period.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I came up with the title Management by Guilt, in the 70s and then wrote the book. It was my biggest success, picked up by Fawcett Books and released by them in paperback. I’d like to say I never do, but in fact all 3 of the Alicia books started as titles before I even knew what they were about.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love writing horror novels. I was afraid of the Horror genre all my life, never went to horror movies, had nightmares all the time, which is why I may be good at writing in it. I’ve written several blogs about this topic and they are up on my blog site, including the latest blog. I wrote a biographical novel and showed it to famous screenwriter Bill Idelson. The only chapter he liked was the one in which I told how my grandmother always reminded me of a witch and how I was scared to death of her. In the novel I wrote under his direction I explore our relationship under the assumption that she was one of the most powerful witches who ever lived.
How many published books do your have? Three novels, six technical books and one management-training book.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? I’m trying to promote several of my books, the Alicia series and Bloody Bess. In the case of Bess, I decided to write about the technology that I had been working on for Paramount Pictures, and the Army. I added vampires because they seemed to fit right in. As for Alicia, I was talking to a friend of mine (John Mendoza) who had an idea for a movie about a guy named Carlos Mann, it was set in the US and Mexico. We decided that we would feature his wife Alicia and as we talked she became a ghost. Later we decided to write a novel not a screenplay.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I love rewriting. Getting the first draft of a chapter down is painful, but once it’s there I can polish endlessly, that may be why people tell me that my writing is so easy to read, because I polish it maybe twenty times before I think it’s okay.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so, please explain how it could have been avoided? All those rejection slips before I finally decided to self-publish. I had a boss at Paramount who didn’t think I wrote very well, this in spite of the fact that I was a published author at the time. He wanted slick ad-copy writing. I’m not especially good at that.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? We put an e-mail link in the back of Alicia and asked readers to send us messages if they liked it. We didn’t get many, but every one that shows up is the greatest thing I can think of. Just like finding a new positive review on the amazon page, just like holding the damn book in my hand for the first time.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? It’s just the fact that my books don’t sell as well as I think they should. How could I have avoided it? Promotion… a process which I really dislike.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? A good, original story is everything. And they can probably build one from their own experience or personal dreams or nightmares. But almost more than that, get a good editor and proofreader. I read dozens of books from friends and would-be authors and some of the writing is so bad that it’s a real struggle to get through it. If would-be writers can get the grammar right and the spelling, then I could at least start to concentrate on their story.
Who is your favorite author and why? Stephen King, because of the depth of understanding he provides for his characters. Also his book On Writing is a manual on how to write that I follow religiously.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? There are mountains of background details in my blogs. I try to make then short stories about my experiences in Hollywood and as a writer. Also, I almost died of some lung disease when I was 25, it almost ended my marriage and sent me into a deep depression. That was the subject of my first bio novel, which I later rewrite as a horror story, to greater success. However, I really don’t like to talk or write about that period of my life and promised at the start of my blog that I wouldn’t deal with it.
Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.
Do I ever fall in love with my female characters? Every damn time.
How hard is it to kill off characters you love? It’s murder in every sense of the word.
How erotic your novels? My editors hold me down or there would be much more sex. Alicia is a little sexy. Bloody Bess has several hard-core sex scenes, and some very romantic ones. Some of my as yet unpublished novels are much more erotic.
How many novels have you written? I’ve already written 8, 3 of which are published. I do intend to publish all the others eventually. But the 3rd Carlos Mann novel is completed, edited and due out by the end of the year.
Do you write romance novels? I read them for background, but there is generally too much action and adventure and horror for my novels to be considered romance.
What is next? Coming Soon – Alicia Bewitched and Avenging Adelita
“Nick Iuppa loops a brilliant mix of technology, romance, military lore, and vampires into a terrifying, sexy spree in the Swiss Alps. The details are 3D. If you’re looking for a heart-pounder, this is it.” S.B. Stinnet
The castle of 15th century duchess Elizabeth Laskaar looks down on the little Swiss village of Murdenwald and the secretive military complex nearby. There, the UN hopes to end world conflict with a vast military simulation that will dramatize the apocalypse that will follow the next major war. To head the project, they hire notorious Hollywood producer Donald Vito, master of explosive action adventures, who still mourns the murder of his teenage love in the 1950s.
Vito and the simulation team use new technology to build hundreds of virtual soldiers and terrorists you can touch, speak to, and reason with. But they also begin to feel the influence of Elizabeth Laskaar. She’s often called Bloody Bess – the first real vampire – because she maintained her youthful beauty by slaughtering her maidservants and bathing in their blood.
Recklessly inspired by their surroundings, the team creates a virtual vampire that soon takes on the characteristics of Elizabeth’s magnificent, long-dead husband. Soon, he and Bess stalk the compound, seducing everyone working on the project, until vampire blood surges beyond the humans to the virtual characters with unthinkable consequences. In the end, perhaps, only the power of Vito’s long lost love can save humanity.
Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games is a magnificent fictional horror drama featuring ancient vampires, teenage romance, and a top-secret military project. The Doomsday Games, as the project is called, involves a team of international scientists, engineers, and military personnel who gather in the ancient town of Murdenwald, Switzerland, to do no less then put an end to war.
Nick Iuppa developed a cast of authentic and unique characters like Elizabeth Laskaar (Duchess of Hungry) known as “Bloody Bess” to her victims in 1580 in the small village of Nyirbator Hungary. She prowled the streets of Murdenwald seeking out young women to murder so that she could bathe in their blood. Her husband Ferenc, some say, is still the director of the town’s ancient library. A most beautiful man with midnight blue eyes, he waits for naïve young women to come to his tower and aid him in his evil work. Then there’s Donny Vito, the world’s greatest film producer, called upon by the U. S. President to breathe life into the Doomsday Games. Elli Capadonico is the girl Donny loved in his youth; she fell victim to Arnie Cudgel, an obsessive young man with both romantic and sadistic intentions. The cast also includes scientists, mathematicians, military personnel, writers, artists, technicians, Chu Yun Trang (the director of a rogue nation seeking to build nuclear weapons), and a myriad of simulated characters who populate the virtual Armageddon.
Nick’s highly descriptive writing takes the reader from the Middles Ages to a 1950s high school romance, to mysteries surrounding the ‘knowledge’ held in the ancient Murdenwald library, to the International Simulation Center itself where the final challenge becomes solving “the God Problem.” Nick weaves these stories together so skillfully that the separate lines merge to become plot twists in an amazing and unexpected ending.
The author, Nick Iuppa, is the son of a prominent Rochester, New York doctor. Nick attended the University of Notre Dame and did his graduate work at Stanford. Nick’s first job was at MGM Studios in Hollywood where he worked on TV specials with Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones (creator of the Road Runner). He also had the privilege of writing for the Wonderful World of Disney, working as an instructional designer for Eastman Kodak, leading Bank of America’s in-house TV production group, managing the Learning Technologies Group within Apple Computer, and finally returning to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood where he designed Internet entertainment and built Hollywood-style simulations for the military.
Nick’s extensive travels to Europe have inspired some of his characters and settings. His work history, technical knowledge, and experience have given him the tools and concepts for his novels.
Cold Coffee Press endorses Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games by Nick Iuppa for the creative genius of the Doomsday Game.
Reviewed on October 2, 2014 – http://www.coldcoffeepress.com