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Readers love to discover new books. You’ve clamored for new authors and new voices as well as more from the giants in the field. In response to your requests for worthy tales to fill your empty e-reader devices, today on Licensed to Thrill we’re pleased to feature a fresh (in more ways than one) new author you’re going to love. (Leave a comment here on the blog because Alan will send you a book to prove it!)
My friend Alan Champorcher has written two bestselling adventure novels about Americans in Italy. I met Alan on an airplane ride from New York to Tampa a few years ago and he peppered me with questions about writing. The answers I gave must have been a little too encouraging, because now he’s given up the executive life for a promising writing career.
One reviewer said his latest book, The Italian Mission, “seamlessly weaves international politics, religion, and history into a captivating thriller.” I have to agree. Who doesn’t love a good Italian adventure?
Diane Capri: I love books that transport me to Italy, Alan, and yours certainly do that well. When I was reading your first book, Made in Italy, I gained 10 pounds trying out all that food you made so enticing! How often do you visit Italy? Go ahead, make the rest of jealous.
Alan Champorcher: I have relatives in the north, in the shadow of Mt. Blanc, or Mt. Bianco, as the Italians call it. I go every year or two. Much of my last book, The Italian Mission, takes place on the Via Francigena, the old pilgrimage route to Rome, and I hiked there last year. It is the Italian section of the same trail that was featured in the recent Emilio Estavez and Martin Sheen movie The Way.
Diane Capri: Loved that movie! Was the hiking great?
Alan Champorcher: Absolutely. Although it’s easy to get lost in the tangle of old trails in the Tuscan hills. The Italians haven’t quite figured out yet what a great potential tourist attraction the pilgrimage route is. Being lost in Tuscany isn’t so bad though. You’re never far away from good trattorias and tasting vineyards.
Diane Capri: But you live in the mountains of Colorado now, right?
Alan Champorcher: Yes, high up in the Rockies. 9,500 feet. In fact, I’m breathing hard now between answers. But I have Italian roots. Writing about it comes naturally. I write about Americans in Italy because… well, it’s cheaper than flying across the ocean every few months. Here’s a look at my home town at night. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Diane Capri: WOW! It sure is! Now I want to come visit you there, too! What’s The Italian Mission about?
Alan Champorcher: Tibet, of course! And Buddhism.
Diane Capri: Maybe I had too many Frappuccinos this morning. I thought you said Tibet.
Alan Champorcher: The story is about a Tibetan monk on the run from Chinese authorities in Italy. Makes perfect sense — to me anyway. Lots of Buddhist monasteries in Italy, and lots of support for Tibet nationalism among the Italian public. Not unlike California.
Diane Capri: Your hero is a CIA agent, right? Did you worry that’s a bit overdone?
Alan Champorcher: An ex-CIA agent. A pissed-off ex-CIA agent. Half Italian and half American – descended from President John Adams.
Diane Capri: Okay….missing the point here…..
Alan Champorcher: John Adams was a great American. Not only brilliant, but unwilling to capitulate to the popular mood. He defended the British soldiers after the Boston Massacre, when the mob wanted to hang them. My hero aspires to be like that.
Diane Capri: Hmmmm…We hope you’ve got another hero in the works because this one sounds like he won’t live very long against those odds. You’re one of those writers with sand in your shoes, aren’t you?
Alan Champorcher: I go to the Starbucks in Breckenridge, our little hometown and stare out at the mountains until the Muse visits. That way, even if I don’t get anything done, I still get enjoy a Chai Latte and the wonderful view.
Diane Capri: Beautiful mountains! Do you get out into them much?
Alan Champorcher: Every day. Skiing, hiking, biking. An embarrassment of riches. Of course, as a consequence, it takes me twice as long to write a novel as it should.
Diane Capri: How’d you get into writing?
Alan Champorcher: I used to be a telephone executive. Not too exciting, except when the press was attacking me for digging up peoples’ yards to put in fiber optics. Decided I’d made enough to do what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid – write fiction.
Diane Capri: What authors do you read?
Alan Champorcher: Patrick O’Brian is my favorite. Modern fiction’s Shakespeare. And Diane Capri, of course. Your character Leo Colombo in Wasted Justice is a lot like me. Good-looking Italian heartthrob sort of guy. Right?
Diane Capri said nothing.
Alan Champorcher: Okay, be that way. Readers can find me on my public Facebook website: http://www.facebook.com/alan.champorcher. And there may even be a good Piedmontese recipe or two there.
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