Interview with Marty Roppelt

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm afraid so. I don't remember the title - third grade was a long time ago for me. Our teacher gave us an assignment to write creative short stories. I wrote an action adventure about a guy who is chased up and down the Eiffel Tower. He escapes by hiding in a dumpster. Unfortunately, in addition to not remembering the title, I also don't remember why the protagonist was being chased. I think I got a "B" or "B-"on my story.
What draws you to the paranormal and horror genres?
My family's from Transylvania.
Seriously?
Yes. For those who don't know, there is a real Transylvania. It's a region in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Ethnic Germans migrated there in the 12th Century to defend Hungary's southern border. And yes, there was a real Dracula. He did things that Bram Stoker couldn't come up with in his wildest nightmares.

I guess horror and the paranormal are part of my DNA.
Your bio says you were once an actor. Why the switch to writing?
Acting and writing are just two different forms of story telling. I lost my fascination with the bright lights somewhere along the way, but not with the creating of characters. I find writing more satisfying than I ever did performing, which surprises me. I really loved acting at one time.
You write some stories for charity?
I grew up in Cleveland. It can be a tough place to live. There's a homeless shelter called St. Herman's House of Hospitality on the West Side, near where my family went to church. Running a homeless shelter takes money.

I want to help, but don't have much money of my own. What I do have, though, are some stories I can sell for a dollar apiece. Christmas struck me as the right time to do this. Sure, December is the time most charities - a lot of them - hold out their hands. But it's also a story telling time, and a ghostly time. Money comes and goes, but a good ghost story lingers.

I've come up with a different story each Christmas since starting this project. My first Christmas short story, Room At The Inn, is not in the paranormal genre. Paper Angel, 2012's story, 2013's Angels Treasure are more in my zone. I missed my own deadline last year, but Herald Angel completes the Angel Trilogy in 2015.

Every penny from those stories goes to St. Herman's. I've got at least one more Christmas short story in the pipeline.
Published 2015-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Christmas Angel Trilogy (Three Book Charity Box Set for the Homeless)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Divine forces guide a homeless man, a self-centered businessman, a cancer survivor, a musician and a family of bakers through a mysterious late December night in Cleveland. The author will donate all proceeds from the Christmas Angel Trilogy to St. Herman House, a homeless shelter in Cleveland, Ohio.
Herald Angels
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,590. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
A cancer survivor, a gifted trumpeter, and a family of bakers encounter a mysterious, relentless stalker - or so they believe.
Angels Treasure
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Businessman Tom Clinton hurries to an extra special Holiday bash. He stops at the Kovacs family bakery along the way, to buy bread for the party. He ends up with far more than bread alone. Chance encounters, with a stranger and with an old friend, change the course of his night. His life may never be the same. All proceeds from Angels Treasure go to a homeless shelter in Cleveland, Ohio.
Room at the Inn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,990. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
The Kreutz Family Christmas unfolds in much the same way every year, just as it does for many other American families. But the drive from church to home - and the traditional feast - becomes more than the usual raucous ride down Holiday Memory Lane one Christmas. All proceeds benefit the homeless shelter, St. Herman's House of Hospitality in Cleveland, Ohio.
Paper Angel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
The last customer to enter Joe Kovacs' bakery one cold December evening leaves a gift for the Kovacs family. The simple gift impacts more people than any of them could imagine. All proceeds benefit the homeless shelter St. Herman's House of Hospitality in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carnival
Price: Free! Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
A young man with his future planned enjoys a summer day at the lake with his fiance-to-be.... Until a sinister carnival comes to town and changes everything.