David W. Thompson
1. What inspired you to write a book?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, both as a creative outlet and as a spiritual tonic. I chose the story of Moll Dyer for my first novel as it’s been near to my heart for as long as I can remember. Her story is tragic, and her name has been tarnished for three centuries. Her crime was non- conformance and she became a condemned pariah. Seeking only peace, she found terror in a land founded on tolerance. What a hypocritical world! Some things don’t change, but I thought it well past time to cast Moll in a version of the truth, that is—as the victim… not the villain. I like to think my book would give her some measure of peace. I pray it is so.
2. What does your typical writing day look like?
There’s never a typical day! Some are dawn to dusk and flow like warm syrup on pancakes. Others find me beating my head against the wall laboring over a difficult scene or dialogue. Those days, I step away and wait for the character to tell me what’s going on and where to go from there. Of course, this happens at the worst of times and places, so it pays to have a notepad at the ready (even in bed).
3. Do you have a favorite book you have written?
I’d have to say Sister Witch. An author cannot avoid putting a lot of themselves in their work (and shouldn’t try). Moll’s story is my first full length novel and is a culmination of stories, legends and the oral traditions of many local families—many I’ve heard since I was a young lad sitting around a campfire. That’s where my imagination first learned to soar. My favorite stories were born in the flickers of the flame, surrounded by darkness.
4. What advice would you give to a new writer just starting out?
To expound on the old adage of writing what you know, I’d twist it up a bit: Write “who” you know (your character’s personalities), write “where” you know (a well-established setting lends credence to the tale—even if the locale sprang entirely from your imaginings) and write “what” you love. And then keep at it. Don’t buy into the naysayers’ narrative.
5. Are you on social media and can your readers interact with you?
Yes, and yes!
6. How do you handle literary criticism?
OK, I won’t lie—first I get my feelings hurt! After I get past that, I read it again and again. I try to see if there’s truth in the criticism, to be objective enough to determine if it is something I can use to improve my craft. I recognize that there are many people interested in helping an author develop, but also—there’s others who desire tearing them down.
7. Please describe your writing space?
In our log home, on my recliner in our living room. It has a glass wall overlooking a 150- acre field on an Amish farm. Unless a cow gets loose or a bird flies into the windows, nothing disturbs me. Peaceful… Ok, so the “nothing disturbs me” part is a bit of a stretch. Still, when I’m zoning in on writing, a marching band would find it difficult to breach the castle walls of my thick skull.
8. Who is your own favorite author? Dead or alive.
OK- going for two ? Dead- Camus and Thoreau (I know, strange combination) Alive- King and Straub
9. What is the most helpful thing to you in this industry?
The supportive readers and reviewers and even other authors—so many helpful folks, especially in the indie publishing world. “We’re in this together” is a common refrain.
10. If you had to describe yourself in 3 words…what would they be?
Family, Creative, Outdoorsy (I was told that Introverted, homebody and procrastinator were taken?)
I’ve completed the third book in the “Legends of the Family Dyer” trilogy. Moll, of course, makes an appearance in this one also. As you know, Sister Witch occurred entirely in Southern Maryland. The setting of Book 2 (His Father’s Blood) was primarily in the mountains of current West Virginia and present-day Kentucky. The final book will have characters with feet in both worlds—physically and spiritually. The timeline on this one will be more recent than the past entries in the series. I think it will provide my readers with a very different yet satisfactory conclusion.
I recently published a story entitled “Call of the Falconer.” It’s a dystopian post-apocalyptic novella that is a scary while still being a fun read. It develops a new kind of bad guy while creating a new and reluctant hero. Hopefully, it will at leave the reader wondering “what if?”
I’ve also begun work on a tale that I feel very inspired by. I honestly believe it will be my best work to date. Of course, it will be “dark fiction” but It’s more thriller than paranormal (even though the chilling undercurrent may imply it…). It deals with serious marital and societal issues, while the source of the narrative’s darkness may come as a surprise. I’m very excited by it so far!
Thanks LT for including me in this. It’s an honor to be among your top picks and I appreciate all you do for the indie community.
About the Author:
David W. Thompson is an award winning author, a native of Southern Maryland, and a graduate of University of Maryland, University College. Prior to retirement from a position with a major Aerospace Corporation, he tried his hand at a variety of occupations- from grocery store clerk to warehousing, shoveling coal to construction. During his four year stint with the U.S. Army, he was awarded the prestigious Army Commendation Medal (Arcom). When he isn’t writing, he enjoys time with his family and grandchildren, kayaking (mostly flat water please), fishing, hiking, hunting, wine-making, and pursuing his other “creative passion”- woodcarving.
After his family and cheesecake, reading was his first love. It exposed him to people, cultures and ideas he’d never experience otherwise. Writing was a natural extension of this “out of body” experience as characters carved little niches in his mind- showing their worlds, and their possibilities. He hopes to honestly convey the stories they whisper in his ears.