Interview with Lee Thompson

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Grendel by John Gardner: It's a funny and poetic, yet full of melancholy, and in the end a tragic story.
Galilee by Clive Barker: It's a sweeping (supernatural) family saga with beautiful prose and a terrific story.
White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke: I love the characters and their strengths, and Burke's prose is stunning.
The Damned by John D. MacDonald: Filled with a vast cast, MacDonald says a lot about human nature, and from various walks of life, in a very short space.
the biography "Becoming Faulkner" by Philip M Weinstein: I love to see how an author's life has shaped their work and this is an excellent book in demystifying Faulkner.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like Crime fiction that shows there is only a step between a good act and an evil one, that shows how we're all driven by our desires and how the actions we sometimes take leave a wake that affects everyone around us.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to read physical books, but use the Kindle app on my laptop for some.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I was a guest author on the Goodread's group Horror Aficionados, and I love interacting with fans, any type of Q&A, really, gets my motor humming. Interviews are fun as well, especially when combined with giveaways.
Describe your desk
It's very cluttered so I tend to write in my recliner more than anywhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the thumb of Michigan. There is a lot of woods, a lot of farm land, a lot of swamps. I have a love for the quiet of nature and find peace there. I used to spend many summer nights lying on the roof and staring at the stars and listening to the wind in the trees. I usually write about country people, or small town people, because they're who I know best. So many of them work their whole lives and do the best they can but you can see in their eyes that they always thought there should be more to life than the lot they were given. I'd done that for years as well, so, I guess the place I grew up has shaped me into always wondering (for each character) how different their lives would have been if they'd only tried something else instead of the only thing they've ever known, or what was expected of them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest self-published book (Gossamer: A Story of Love and Tragedy) started off with a witch who has lived for centuries and she's so incredibly lonely that she'll do horrible things, including sacrificing a young girl and her family, to save the town she's built and protected, and which is now nearly lost due to an insidious vampiric horde. It's a darkly magical, and ultimately heartbreaking story, because I think we can go too far in one direction to ever turn back toward redemption.
When did you first start writing?
Ten years ago.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a hybrid author. I publish traditionally and indie, and like doing both very much.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers another way to reach readers through Barnes & Nobles, iBooks, Kobo, etc. and that's wonderful. The Smashwords style guide is a huge asset and does an awesome job in demonstrating step-by-step how to format a digital book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from readers is my favorite thing about writing. Knowing that we can touch a stranger, carry them away, and take them on a journey, is really beautiful.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them this would be a damn lonely business and nothing more than a hobby.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a novel for my publisher Darkfuse Publications.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are dozens. A top ten list would look like this: William Faulkner, John Gardner, Clive Barker, John D. MacDonald, James Lee Burke, Jack Cady, Stephen King, Donald Westlake, Dennis Lehane, and Tom Piccirilli.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Eating.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading a lot. Checking in with friends and family to see how they're doing. Watching a lot of my favorite shows. Playing guitar sometimes. Going for walks. Drinking coffee. Daydreaming.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendations from friends and Goodreads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was the first novel (Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children) that I sold a couple of years ago.
What is your writing process?
I like to know my characters and the big moments that are 'no turning back/nothing will ever be the same for them again' moments. I think certain stories have an ingrained amount of tension in them and I like to focus on stories with as much tension as possible. I write quickly after I brainstorm a novel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes made me want to write. I still love that book although the last time I revisited it I could see how dated it was. I still love it though.
How do you approach cover design?
I've only used an artist (Dani Serra) who has also done all my covers for Darkfuse so far. He's terrific, talented, fast, and a great guy.
Published 2014-01-05.
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Books by This Author

The Lesser People
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,520. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
The Lesser People is a poignant, brutal, and touching story about how our decisions, and those of others, haunt us. It explores family and social conditioning, and how we exorcise our demons--often too late--in our struggle to become more human.
The Devil Gave Them Black Wings
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 89,170. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
In THE DEVIL GAVE THEM BLACK WINGS a cursed angel battling a paternal complex shadows an abducted child with a vengeful father who will do anything to get her back… He mourns the loss of innocence in the young neighbor girl who is determined to find the kidnapped child… And he seeks to offer peace to a despondent husband returning to his wife’s childhood home after her death on 9/11…
Earthly Things
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,700. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Sensitive fourteen-year-old Dexter Bestwick is at the park with his girlfriend Jamie when his father murders him for stealing something from his locked room. Still around after his death to witness the ensuing damages, he aches to protect his first, young love from being a victim. Yet he’s afraid the eternal light will grow brighter and claim him, and that Jamie will soon suffer the same fate...
Gossamer: A Story of Love and Tragedy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,960. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Fright, Blood, Love, and Carnage… After her mother is murdered, young Dorothy Good travels west with her aunt to escape persecution. There is magic in the desert; an ancient and powerful gift that she cannot control until her aunt teaches her the secret arts. They form a town, a safe haven, where people are supposed to live forever. But a powerful creature's bloodlust changes everything...
Beneath the Weeping Willow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
An introductory part of the Division Mythos, "Beneath the Weeping Willow" is a surreal yet touching glimpse into the life of young David, an autistic boy of considerable power who possesses a gift of insight those around him are oblivious to. (Other layers of David's story are interwoven in the novel The Dampness of Mourning.)
Sorrow's Breast
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
She's a little crazy. He's about to join her. Together they'll create new music by drawing notes from an old score.
Before Leonora Wakes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,250. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Red Piccirilli is a runt, a dreamer, a naive boy with an imaginary friend and little else. But right before summer vacation starts he finds an albino girl trapped in a shed behind a local house. After Red frees her, the world he knew quickly unravels into something more mysterious—an unsteady reality where a man with silver teeth and buzz saw voice points him toward the true meaning of sacrifice.