JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Anthony Caplan, author of Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home
(Hope Mountain Press)
Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home is the story of a boy from a well-to-do background. The parents kidnap the children back and forth in a custody battle.
Afterwards, while at a boarding school, he reunites with his mother and learns to forgive his parents as he discovers an interest in sports and the opposite sex.
It’s basically a story of a kind of traumatized childhood and how that plays out in the life of an adolescent.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home?
Anthony Caplan: I based Latitudes on my own memories. I think everyone carries around a personal story that they need to tell. I was at a point in my life that I could tell this story and make it somewhat interesting by turning it into a novel and telling it as a kind of survivors tale. How do you survive wealth and privilege and emotional trauma and still have a soul?
JP: What sets Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home apart from other books in the same genre?
AC: I try to get into the character’s head, so you see the breakup of this marriage as a child experiences it. Then, as a teenager, you get the birth of awareness as he realizes he doesn’t need to be a victim; he can take matters into his own hands and determine where he goes in life.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home getting out to the public?
AC: This for me is the six million dollar question. I think interacting with readers as much as possible, getting Latitudes into the hands of people who are interested in reading, whether it’s romance, or horror, or whatever. If you like a good story, I think I’ve got a chance of winning you over. So it’s just getting out there in the world of blogs like this one and into the hands of reviewers and other people associated with the books and readers.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home?
AC: It took me a couple of years to write and edit Latitudes, which is fairly typical for me. I try to write in the mornings when my mind is fresh.
JP: What’s next for Anthony Caplan?
AC: I’ve decided to write a young adult suspense thriller about a father and son taking on Al Qaeda terrorists. This is going to be huge. Stay tuned.