Columbia Valley resident publishes novel based on his own life

For author Mike Copple, free falling from an airplane didn't come easy, but it was much easier than finally publishing his novel.

Columbia Valley resident Michael Copple has written a book

Keri Sculland

Special to the Golden Star

When most people in Golden think of parachuting, they don’t usually associate the idea with war.

For author Mike Copple, free falling from an airplane didn’t come easy, but it was much easier than finally publishing his novel, Calling From the Sky, which took nearly 13 years in the making.

Calling From the Sky is part memoir, part romantic mystery fiction.

Copple changed the names of some of the characters in the book from their legal names and added some exciting anecdotes, but the base of the story, and most of the events, did happen to Copple and his comrades in the war.

“I wanted to use the methods other famous authors have,” Copple said. “There’s  a lot of suspense in this book. You can basically name any genre and it’s in there.”

Copple, as portrayed by Luke Colbett, really does jump from planes. The story follows Colbett’s life closely. Somewhere along the story, Colbett lets some classified information slip out, and the fiction starts there.

“When I had to use my parachute, and other instances actually did happen,” Copple said.

As much as the novel is a memoir, it is also Copple’s confession booth. While he was parachuting at war, he committed some offences he is not proud of. As a result, Copple is now a changed man, and follows the word of God.

“The offences that I did against God, were two events in Mike Copple’s life. The reason they’re included is because I’m a changed person now,” he said.

It’s hard for the person who is admitting guilt to admit it.”

With 26 years of service in the United States Air Force, Copple has served nine years overseas, including one year in Vietnam with the Wings of Blue Parachute Team.

“My prayer is that anyone who doesn’t know they can be saved… I really hope that someone can read that [it] happens,” Copple explained. “God has never broken a promise.”

Publishing Calling From the Sky did not come without its challenges. Copple’s son encouraged him to start writing in the first place, and with the support of his friends and family, he wrote the novel, then he rewrote it, and finally had it published.

One of the toughest parts of publishing the book was telling the world some of his own private memories.

“I was less apprehensive when I first jumped out of an airplane than I was to publish this book,” Copple said.

Calling From the Sky was published in June and is available at Bacchus Books in Golden, and online at Amazon.com.

In the fall, it will be available in the United States in stores like Barnes & Noble, Chapters, Walmart and Costco.

Whatever extra funds Copple and his wife make from book sales, they hope to use to help missionaries, he said.

The Copples have been living near Golden for more than 12 years now.

They both follow the word of God, and believe the closer they are to God, the closer they become as husband and wife.