Whippersnapper: My First Southern Novel by Michael Rupured

January 29, 2016

Whippersnapper- My First Southern Novel

Hey y’all! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Michael Rupured, author of Whippersnapper—a new release from Dreamspinner Press. I’m mighty pleased to meet you.

I was born in North Carolina, grew up in Kentucky, and for going on twenty years now, have called Georgia my home. Whether by accident or design, a touch of Southern flavors everything I write. Whippersnapper reeks of the stuff.

My earlier books aren’t all that Southern. A desire to show how much gay life has changed in my lifetime motivated me to write them. The semi-historical stories take place in Washington, DC and New York City. Though below the Mason-Dixon line, diehard Confederates haven’t considered DC a Southern city since the War of Northern Aggression.

Writing about real people, places, and events created a lot of extra work and stress. Concern about getting things right kept me awake at night. After Happy Independence Day, I wanted to write something less constrained by matters of fact.

Mom suggested a funny story. She’s my biggest fan and has enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout my previous novels. The multi-talented Charlie Cochet suggested a contemporary story about a May-December romance where the older guy talks about how things have changed. The more I thought about it, the more the idea appealed to me. Whippersnapper was born.

Whippersnapper is a contemporary story set in Fallisville, Kentucky—a fictional town midway between Lexington and Cincinnati. None of the characters are real people. Making everything up made Whippersnapper the most fun I’ve had with a writing project since a college creative writing class I took forty years ago.

Two gay men see each other at the gym. Crotchety Oliver Crumbly is set in his ways and bitter after a string of failed relationships. Tellumo Magnamater has a thing for older men and likes what he sees in Oliver. Unfortunately, Tellumo exemplifies everything Oliver hates about the younger generation.

Peggy Tucker also sees Tellumo and Oliver at the gym, but she has no idea they are gay. Determined to marry again, Peggy sets her sights on Oliver, one of the few eligible bachelors in Fallisville.

The premise still cracks me up.

I should clarify that Whippersnapper is NOT an MMF story. Tellumo might be open to the idea, but Oliver wouldn’t stand for it, and Peggy—an active member of the Trinity Baptist Church, for Christ’s sake—has never been that kind of girl.

Do our three protagonists find love? Who lives happily ever after? I’m not telling. To find out, you’ll have to read the book. Tellumo, Oliver, and Peggy will show you around Fallisville, introduce you to their friends and family, and fill you in on the rest of the story.

An appropriate setting is one of many characteristics of the Southern novel. Fallisville fits the bill. What else do you expect to see in a Southern novel? Leave your answer in a comment for a chance to win a $10 credit from Dreamspinner Press.

Find out more about me and my books at http://rupured.com. Connect via Twitter (@crotchetyman), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichaelRupured/), or by email (mrupured@gmail.com).



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8 Responses to “Whippersnapper: My First Southern Novel by Michael Rupured”

  1. Sara says:

    Thanks for a fascinating insight regarding your thoughts on writing real people vs fully fictional. I’m not an American so I don’t have a very good idea of what to expect from a novel set in the south. My view of the American south is from reading Gone With the Wind (and later seeing the movie) and watching North and South TV-series in the 80′s, so I guess I will expect huge houses with columns in the front (I think the style has a particular name but I don’t know what it is) and hot, moist weather. Clearly my picture of the south is stuck in the 19th century.

    From your description of the story I’m really intrigued. Is the story told from three different point of views?

  2. Hi Sara,
    There’s still a surprising amount of the “Old Sourh” you describe, especially in rural areas. It’s definitely hot and humidity–I don’t know how anyone lived here before air conditioning! As to your question, the story is told through three points of view. Although the May/Sepber romance is a main thread, Whipperdnapper is truly a Southern story. Thanks for your comment!

  3. H.B. says:

    I don’t live in the south or have ever come in contact with some from the south. I use to watch cooking shows like “Down South with the Neelys” and Paula Deen show so I guess what I expect to see is some friendly/inviting characters, big personalities, and good banter.

  4. Hi H.B.,
    Well, I don’t know about the banter, but there’s a lot of good food in the story! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Trix says:

    Family dynamics and very evocative settings seem right! It’s a cliche, but I can’t help remembering some article years ago about unusual character names being a Southern norm since Faulkner (I think they said he had a guy with a name that sounded like the sound popcorn makes when it sticks in your throat, Eck.)

  6. Ha! Unusual names is a definite thing in the South. Most of them are old family names that date back to the Civil War.And then there’s Bubba, double names (Billy Bob), and Buck.
    Thanks for your comment!

  7. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Whippersnapper :)
    I don’t live in the USA but when i think of the South i think of food, good manners, big houses with large family’s and a lovely “singing” accent.

  8. Thank you! Southern food is a reason to stay in the South–and to stay on a diet! Good manners, big houses, and large families are still around, but probably not as common as in the past. We don’t have an accent, but everyone else does! Thanks for stopping by!

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