Michael Jerry Tupa


A native Californian, I've resided in seven different states -- spread out from California to South Carolina -- as well as in Italy and stint in Japan (U.S. Marines).
For more than 30 years I've worked as a newspaper journalist -- mostl of that time as a sports writer, although I also garnered significant experience as a police/courts beat reporter.
More than three dozen of my poems have appeared in several different literary journals; I've also self-published four volumes of poetry/short stories. Some of my most cherished honors/accomplishments/opportunities is being the sports editor of a sports section twice named by the Oklahoma Press Association as the sports section of the year in our circulation division, receiving an honorable discharge from the Marines following four years of active duty, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State, living nearly two years in Italy (church service) among the Italians and learning the language, interviewing a Native American U.S. Olympic champion, receiving the Joseph Orengo Annual Award for sportsmanship and sports contributions in Oroville, Calif.
I've also won my age division (25-29) at a 5K run road race in Memphis, Tenn.; shook Ronald Reagan's hand in 1990; interviewed numerous pro and high-level college athletes, including at least two former Heisman Trophy winners (Archie Griffin and Jason White); written a full-length history of American Legion Baseball in Bartlesville, Okla.; and enjoyed numerous other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to interview some of sports' most significant personalities from the past half-century.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
As a full-time newspaper writer, time to focus is the biggest challenge. I often do much writing on my vacation and then find time here and there to rewrite and edit. in terms of composing the story, I often get an end view of where my story is going to end and then start at the beginning — much like reporting on a game story, where I already know where it's going but I have to take reader there along as smooth, enjoyable, logical, emotional and understandable path as is in my power and ability to do so. Editing becomes the nightmare because I live alone and have no close friends locally with the time and expertise to really help. I also create boundaries for my creative process — no, or very little cursing, no explicit or descriptive sexual encounters, no added shock value or disturbing details to enhance the violence that is necessary in the thriller/terror genre, and some kind of redeeming justice, either legally or by some unscripted balancing of the scales.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was one of those kids fortunate enough to have a mom who read to me, and encouraged me to read, from my very early years. An aunt has told me multiple times how she used to chuckle when she'd see my mom, a sibling and me walking back from the library with our little arms full of books. One of my earliest recollections is following along with our mom as she read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I recall reading some series of books about a dog named Pepper, or something like that.
During my elementary school years, I became fascinated with learning about World War II after my mom showed us horrific photos from the Holocaust. At a little older age, around 12 or 13, I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes stories, mysteries, adventures, and so on. My enjoyment of reading extended to the lyrics of songs, such as Oscar Hammerstein's "Stout-Hearted Men," Hank Williams Sr. tunes and many, many others from quite an eclectic selection. Perhaps the first author I embraced as an ultimate literary genius was Charles Dickens. I'll have to admit, I have a hard time sorting out in my memory a chronological template of the enlightenment of discovering the written word, or the poem or lyric, and its development in my mind and heart.
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148 of the Best-Loved Poems from the Year 2099
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,990. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The poetry collection in "148 of the Best-Love Poems from the Year 2099," is truly an effort in the lifetime of a making. Most of the works inside attempt in uplift, inspire or to provide unique insights on life, hope, love and the virtue of old-fashioned values.
The Bloody Smile of Midnight
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 55,440. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A dark shadow of indiscriminate murders is covering the town of Piedi d'Argento. With clues as scarce as footprints in the ocean, city police detectives Mike and Rusty begin a dogged search to stop the killings. But, as they near the end of their quest, one question appears -- will they succeed or become just two more victims of the evil.

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