I am so delighted to welcome Mr. Michael Thompson today. He is the author of The Rector (see the review), David, Dinner with Destiny, Clouds Above, The Parchman Preacher, and The Actress. He´s the winner of many awards and he has many interesting things to share with us. You´ll enjoy the interview.
1- Tell us a little about your books, you mix Christian fiction and theology.
My first two books were graphic novels on the life of David from the Old Testament. Beautifully
I wrote a sci-fi novel that ran for a year in a monthly magazine. Then the novella, The Parchman Preacher. But that little book has been replaced by The Rector, a 75,000 word novel that completes the allegory of Christ’s ministry. Yet, it’s a murder mystery with suspense. So I’m now exclusively
I’m 80% finished with the sequel, The Actress. All of the books can be seen and explored on my author site. The Dinner With David ben Jesse short story is part of an anthology titled Dinner With Destiny, published by Amazing Phrase Publishing.
2- Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Quite literally, it came to me in a dream. A rector is murdered. Or so Martha thinks. But if she
3- How do you get inspired to write?
I don’t have to get inspired to write. I just write. I’m happiest when I’m writing. I’m in another world. Murder mysteries are fun because I can poison or shoot people without going to prison. (Just kidding)
4- How many months do you take to write a book?
Four for the first draft. Then comes the hard part. Another month of editing, fine-tuning, then I turn it over to an editor. You’d be surprised at how many mistakes are in your first, “perfect” draft.
5- What´s your advice for aspiring writers?
Never sit down to a blank first page. Always spend time on an outline. Use something like Scapple to write brief scene notes. Use the 3-Act Diagram to outline your book. You can find both of these items by searching the internet. For aspiring writers a good tool to use is James Scott Bell’s Knock-Out Novel.
Write 10 pages a day. Give those pages a quick look the next morning. You’ll find yourself getting right back into the story. Then write, take time for lunch, a nap, and crank it back up in mid-afternoon. Sometimes I’ll look at my watch and it’ll be after midnight. (I wondered why I was so tired.)
Get in a writers group. Get in a critique group. Take a novel writing course from Media Bistro. When you’ve written what you think is a perfect story, hire an editor.
6- Who are your favorite authors?
A mixed bag. Believe it or not, I mostly read theology books, like R.C. Sproul, or Tim Keller, or J.I. Packer. For fiction I like Nelson DeMille and some of Michael Crichton’s works. Even Agatha Christie. Did you know Edgar Allen Poe wrote the first mystery?
7- What´s next for Michael Thompson?
All authors must do their own marketing—e-mailing, social media, going to writer’s groups, speaking, etc. (Unless, of course, you’re James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, or John Grisham, who all came along before the internet. Now, “everybody” is writing a book.
8- What is your formula of success?
Success? Well, there’s a difference in ambition and aspiration. I prefer to think I have aspirations for writing a well-told story with a purpose behind it. I try not to think too much about the ambition part—like selling a million copies. I write for the pure enjoyment of it.