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Parkersburg author imagines ‘Tangled Lives’ in ninth book

“Tangled Lives” is the ninth book written by Stephen Hupp of Parkersburg. The story is about Amy Clark, who in mysterious ways begins to take on the identity of another person, Nicole Silsbury, a woman of questionable character. (Image Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg writer has written his ninth book.

“Tangled Lives” by Stephen Hupp is a story about Amy Clark who in mysterious ways has the identity of another person, Nicole Silsbury, a woman of questionable character, forced upon her.

“I got the idea from a movie I recently saw,” Hupp said.

The movie was “Seconds,” which starred Rock Hudson and was directed by John Frankenheimer, the director of “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Seven Days in May,” “Black Sunday” and “Ronin.” In “Seconds,” a banker disillusioned with his life changes his physical appearance and identity and becomes a new person played by Hudson.

“It’s a good thriller,” Hupp said.

Parkersburg writer Stephen Hupp and his ninth novel, “Tangled Lives.” The book is about a woman who in mysterious ways involuntarily assumes another woman’s identity. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

The difference between “Tangled Lives” and “Seconds” is Amy becoming Nicole not by her own free will.

“In my book, this is involuntary,” Hupp said.

Amy lives a routine, anonymous life who manages to scrape by working at a hotel in a large city. She begins to receive messages intended for Nicole and over time, Amy’s bills and other personal documentation bear Nicole’s name of this woman.

Friends and coworkers call her Nikki. Amy assumes Nicole’s identity, but discovers Nicole possesses a checkered past.

Amy now must adjust to a new life and dealing with a variety of unknown people while trying to discover how and why this is occurring.

The book is published by Hilltop Publishing, Hupp’s company, through Amazon. “Tangled Lives” will be available on amzaon.com in paperback and electronic versions.

The book is Hupp’s ninth. Others in his resume include “The Czar of Wheeling,” “Wings in the Night” and “Thirteen Months.”

No. 10 will be a retelling of the story of Faust, who sells his soul to the devil for worldly pleasures, Hupp said. Faust is carried into Hell when the devil calls to collect the debt.

“I’m hoping to have that done by New Year’s,” Hupp said.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com.

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