Interview with James Thomson

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to help someone in need. In my counseling practice, I find the process of encouraging and advising clients energizing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We are very active in our church (choir, Bible study, ministering to others). We live in an old farm house on a couple of acres. That alone keeps us busy! Of course, working with my clients. But, the best thing is hanging out with my wife doing anything!
What is your writing process?
Ideas tend to pop into my head fully formed, like a single picture with lots of detail. Writing, to me, in the process of digging out all of the details, fleshing them out, putting them in the right order, then polishing all of it. My process is bumpy, choppy, and advances by fits and starts. It requires frequent breaks and naps.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It seemed the best way to move forward, especially once the technology became available.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach is to farm it out. I have zero design skills.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a big fan of classic science fiction and history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a Kindle fan, but in the last two years I have been using my android tablet with an app called Moon Reader. It has a built in timer which pauses and dims for a minute to rest my eyes.
Describe your desk
The only desk I have is in my counseling office, which is kept neat and clean. My writing "desk" is my laptop on my lap in a comfortable chair with an ottoman. That way if I drift off nothing gets hurt.
What do your fans mean to you?
That people have let me become a small part of their lives. It is the greatest honor I know.
What are you working on next?
The next book, "The Sentence," builds on The Formula by showing how our self image effects our ability to relate to others. Relationships are how we get through life and God clearly wants us to love each other. That should be a smooth and natural process, but often it is not.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding a word or sentence that truly communicates what is in my heart. Hemingway said that "Good writing is true writing." I try for that in everything I write. When I get it, it is pure joy.
Published 2015-06-16.
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