Thank you for joining me for another edition of 20 Questions…this time with an author that I’ve never met (in real life at least). K.R. Thompson and I have been corresponding via social media for at least a year, and both of us had books that were published around this same time. Although each include a character named Jack, in my romantic thriller Blood On The Potomac he’s brutally murdered in the first chapter, while in Thompson’s Jack he becomes the only of the lost boys to grow up-then he falls for a mermaid.
Obviously we have very different styles but when I read Jack I was instantly drawn in by the sticky sweetness of the main character wanting to return home before he completely forgets his mother, only to meet a mermaid that makes him reconsider leaving Neverland. You might think you’ve heard this story before, and in a way that’s true. I have the strong belief that every story has already been told-it’s up to the author to make it their own. Thompson exemplifies my belief in her writing; she’s truly a storyteller.
I hope that one day we can meet and grab a cup of coffee together because if she’s half as interesting as her stories then I’d be in for a treat.
20 Questions with… K.R. Thompson
Every writer has that one book that made him or her want to be a writer, what’s yours?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Her characters literally jumped off the page when I read that book. They became so real that I felt I would know them if I passed them on the street.
2. How old where you when you started writing?
I’m a late-blooming writer. I didn’t begin telling my own stories until about seven years ago. (And nope, I’m not going to tell you how I am. 🙂 )
Name four authors that you’d love to have lunch with.
Do they all have to be current writers? If not – Mark Twain, Diana Gabaldon, Mary Higgins Clark, and J.K. Rowling.
What would you eat?
I don’t think I’d eat a single bite of anything if I were able to have lunch with any of them.
How do you plot out your work?
I fly by the seat of my pants for the most part. I typically have an idea of the ending of my story and I know how it will begin. The middle is an adventure that works itself out as I go.
Do you write in the morning or evening?
I am -not- a morning person. All of my writing happens at night when everyone goes to bed. (It’s also the reason that I look like a zombie when I go to work in the AM.)
Is there music on?
Nope. Silence is golden.
What inspired your last story?
My last story, “Jack,” was inspired by the Lost Boys in the original JM Barrie tale, “Peter and Wendy.”
Name three books so good you wish you wrote them.
Outlander, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games.
What television shows, movies, or albums do you believe are written well?
The Hunger Games, though I think that could be because it is based on the amazing books.
Which actor would you cast in the protagonist role of your most recent piece?
I was lucky enough to have a model specifically for “Jack”s cover and I can’t imagine anyone else being him. (The model is Pirate Joe from the Real Mermaids.)
Which of your pieces was the hardest to write?
The second book in my Neverland series, “Hook.” My husband is a huge nautical fiction fan. Every scene that I wrote, he tore apart. I had to re-write so much in that book it wasn’t even funny. But, it made it a much better story and it became more realistic.
Which was the easiest?
My first story, Hidden Moon, because I didn’t write it intending to show anyone when it was finished. I had written it solely for me, so it was easy to write.
Which of your pieces did readers ‘get’ when they told you their thoughts on it?
Ironically, “Hook,” has been the one that people have “gotten.” Once they read the reason why he became the villain, they understood him.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the next book in my Keeper series and also a fairytale mash-up that has dragons and a princesses.
What story do you have to write before you die?
I pretty much write as the characters come into my head. None of them have given me a “dead”- line yet. 😉
What’s your best fan story?
My best fan story is of one reader who took one of my books and read it to her mother before she passed away. That made it very special to me. You never know when your stories will touch someone or how far they will reach. This journey is a special one and we, as authors, are blessed to experience it.
What sentence have you written that you feel encapsulates your style?
“Ye’d have much better luck with rum, I should think,” the old man said as he stared into his own glass. “The ale’s watered down. Fit for a fish to drink, it isn’t.” (Hook: The Untold Stories of Neverland)
Have you ever based characters off of real people?
I do have one character who is based off of my daughter.
Who’s your favorite character?
Ack. Just one? I can’t do it! How about two? Patches and Beetles, two of the Lost Boys in my Neverland series.