Interview with Sandra Thompson

What's the story behind your latest book?
When I think about high school I remember the turbulent yet exciting feelings of constantly questioning everything. I wanted to write a book that captures the intensity of those feelings in the context of a supernatural who-dunnit. 'The Ghostly Grammar Boy' is about Fiona, a fifteen-year-old ghost-whisperer from Canberra. With the help of her twin-sister (who happens to be dead), Fiona must navigate the perilous high school social hierarchy to investigate the death of a local school boy.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on a sequel to 'The Ghostly Grammar Boy', called 'The Deadly School Camp'. In this book, school bully Hannah is murdered at year ten camp. Fiona has to work with the recently departed Hannah—who still manages to be annoying in the afterlife—to catch the murderer.

I’m also working on a romantic suspense thriller called 'The Sakura Vacancy'. The book is about Hailey, a ditzy Californian girl, who leaves her disastrous love-life behind for a high-flying job in Tokyo. Hailey struggles to settle in, but the trouble really begins when she meets a handsome foreigner with a secret agenda.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted the publication process to be a rewarding experience where I could control the decisions. It turned out to be almost as much as fun as writing the book! I got to work with so many great professionals, such as editors and graphic designers, and will even throw my own book launch party!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My first thought when I wake up is breakfast. I crave all sorts of healthy things that usually taste disgusting, like grapefruit, and I’ll jump out of bed to eat them. My second thought is I’d better hurry if I want to avoid the most crowded train in Tokyo.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Apart from writing, I love spending time outdoors. I like to explore Japan’s beautiful natural scenery – climbing mountains, sitting in hot springs, skiing, and body-boarding.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember my first stories always followed a formula; starting with ‘Once upon a time’, and ending with ‘And they all lived happily after.’ It took me about an hour to write the middle section, which was usually ‘… there was a beautiful princess.’
What is your writing process?
I try to pretend I’m in high school again doing an English exam. I’ve got forty minutes to write a story and there’s no time to stop and criticise myself. I hear my mum’s voice in my head saying “Just squash the critic and write, Sandra!” That gets me moving. Then afterwards I go back and edit it.
Published 2013-09-11.
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Books by This Author

The Ghostly Grammar Boy
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Series: The Dusk Duo, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,870. Language: Australian English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
For a dead guy with unfinished business, he was pretty cute. Fiona is a completely ordinary fifteen-year-old from Canberra—at least that’s what she’d like you to think. She doesn’t want anyone to know her secret. She can see and touch ghosts and it’s all thanks to her pesky twin sister, Ella, who happens to be dead. Following the mysterious death of a local school boy, Fiona must investigate.