We’re thrilled to have here today James Coppi from AA Freda new coming of age Vietnam era love story, A Police Action. is a 21-year-old soldier originally from New York City, New York now serving in the U.S. Army
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, James Coppi. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
There is nothing to set straight. I believe the author captured accurately both my personal thoughts and the events that occurred during my Vietnam tour of duty.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I was a confused young man at the start of this story. Wandering aimlessly through life. As many young people were in the late 1960’s. There was a sense of duty but also for the first time, a distrust of the government officials running this country. The author captured my confusion as I tried to sort these new norms. Being poor and an immigrant further added to my tangled state of mind.
Meeting a beautiful young lady from Texas, who is just as confused and mixed-up as I am added to my morass. It forced me to come to terms with growing up and facing the reality of life.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
The ability to handle any problem that comes my way.
The destructive nature of my personality. Leading me to drop out of school and doing drugs.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? Hmm, a good question. Maybe a young Tom Cruise.
Do you have a love interest in the book? Samantha Powers from Lorenzo Texas. A mixed-up and beautiful nineteen-year-old who had the unfortunate luck of getting pregnant on the first time she had sex. Not my child, incidentally.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
On the flight home from Vietnam. It appeared to me that I was headed right back to New York City to my aimless and shiftless lifestyle. There appeared to be no future in my life.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Sergeant Camby. He epitomizes everything I despise in life. A fool who really doesn’t know how stupid he is. Life is only about himself. Couldn’t care less about anyone else.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
The ending came out perfect. I finally was able to settle down my inner demons and face life. Living finally made sense to me.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Make sure that I turn out the way you imagined I was when you left off in this book. Don’t let me regress back to where I was at the start of the saga.
Thank you for this interview, James Coppi. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Yes, I’m told that there are at least two sequels.
AA Freda is an award-winning author. He’s written several novels with a third to be released in the first half of 2018. His first novel, Goodbye Rudy Kazoody, an award winner, is a coming of age work about a group of teenagers growing up in a New York City neighborhood during the early 1960’s was acclaimed by the critics. His second piece and just released, A Police Action is another coming of age story about two confused young adults caught up during the free love and Vietnam era of the late 1960’s. The inspiration for his books are always his lifelong experiences and people he’s met along the way.
Freda was born in Italy but grew up in New York City and now resides in Easton, CT, a suburb of New York City that offers him a tranquil environment that allows him to keep his finger on the pulse of the city he loves so much. A graduate of Bernard Baruch College at the City University in New York, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Freda also served in Vietnam the subject matter of A Police Action. In addition to writing, in his spare time, Freda enjoys fishing, hiking, climbing and shooting pool.