Interview with D.A. Thompson

When did you first start writing?
I've wanted to write a book as far back as I can remember. I tried many times when I was in college but never finished. I had the first three chapters of at least ten books but got too busy or just lost interest. After graduating law school and while waiting for the bar exam results, I finally had the time to sit down and write. The most difficult part about writing a book is finishing so I was determined to, good or bad, finish. What I wrote actually turned out pretty good so I published it. Now I can't stop writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I always have at least three stories in the works. Writing a book is a very tedious process so I tend to go back and forth when I need a break. My first priority is Peter Pomperfield and the Siege of Fair Oak Elementary. This is the second book of the series and will focus on Peter's growth as a leader and how he overcomes a number of personal obstacles. As always, there's a lot of humorous situations and adventures with mythical creatures. It's going to be a lot of fun.

I also have a more mature series that I've been working for quite some time called The Mighty Fourteen. I say mature because it deals with more complex issues. I never cross the line with my writing. If I wouldn't want my children to read it, I won't write it. This series is heavily influenced by my love of fantasy, my legal background and my interest in politics. It's kind of like a cross between Lord of the Rings, the American Revolution and the A-Team.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it's all about creating characters and telling stories. My background is not in writing, it's in the law. I've never been a good technical writer but being an attorney helps me understand human nature. I think that's what makes a good writer. I like to put fascinating characters in unique situations and see what comes out. Most of the time I don't know the end of the story. That's what makes writing fun. I get to be the first one to discover a new book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book is Watership Down. I was never assigned to read it high school so I read it on my own after law school. I was amazed at how Richard Adams could take simple characters in a rather simple situation and make it mean so much more. I tried to emulate that in my novella, Journey of a Couch Gnome. There is just something so refreshing about simple stories that make you think.

I also love The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series, the Sword of Truth series and Harry Potter. I was really into the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones) until the last book, which really fell short with me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Where I grew up is not as influential as how I grew up. I was raised in Southern California in a family of eight kids. Most of my writing takes place in other places but my family can be seen in almost all my writing. I think family is very important so I use it as a common theme in my stories. It also helps with character development because, as I'm writing, I can just think of all the different personalities I grew up with.

This was really influential while writing Journey of a Couch Gnome. The three gnome brothers are a reflection of my two brothers and me. If we went on an adventure, it would turn out the same way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Self publishing is not an easy game and was a little discouraging at first because someone out is taking a chance by reading a new author. What makes it worth it is when you get a review and discover that someone, besides your wife and mother, likes your writing. That means everything.
Published 2013-12-18.
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Books by This Author

Peter Pomperfield and the Siege of Fair Oak Elementary
Series: The Peter Pomperfield Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,160. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
When his fifth grade class is taken hostage by an insane teacher it's up to Peter Pomperfield to help his classmates survive. After defending his grandmother's home from a band of evil basement trolls, Peter returns for another adventure filled with danger, mythical creatures and ancient mysteries.
Journey of a Couch Gnome: A Peter Pomperfield Prequel
Series: The Peter Pomperfield Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,700. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Journey of a Couch Gnome is the prequel to the beloved Peter Pomperfield Series and follows the adventures of three couch gnomes on their quest to turn iron into gold. Join Riddlesaw, Gruffhammer and Drillbit as they embark on an epic adventure that will change their relationship as brothers and impact their lives forever.
Peter Pomperfield and the Battle for Grandma’s House
Series: The Peter Pomperfield Series, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,400. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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Peter Pomperfield thought he was going to have a boring summer when he and his sister, Molly, are sent to spend the summer at their grandmother's house. The children soon discover, however, that things are not what they seem and find themselves in the middle a feud between gnomes and elves.