Interview with Brian Thompson

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read, when I can, and spend time with my family. Right now, my favorite shows to catch up on are Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, and Parenthood.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to a few e-book lists for science fiction and I troll Twitter every once in a whole for something that looks interesting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was sort of an action-adventure, where the protagonist drove a hot silver Trans-Am and had a beautiful girlfriend named Carla. It was the eighties and I was barely a teenager, but it was a start.
What is your writing process?
Most of my plots, I sort of pre-process in my brain. After I've rolled it around inside of my mind for a while, I sit down and write it. Keeping track of my major plot points is hard, so I either write them down first or post them on my office wall with color-coded Post-It notes.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a fantastic cover artist that I subcontract to. She has a pretty comprehensive questionnaire and we go from there. She's designed all five of my covers and I have yet to be disappointed.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science-fiction and fantasy. Sometimes I go off menu and read a classic, like Anna Karenina or The Crying of Lot 49.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle app on my iPad, so that's what I use.
Describe your desk
It has my HP desktop flat screen monitor and keyboard, pencils, pens (I don't really use them), permanent markers and Post-It notes (I use those for plotting). There's a mail organizer somewhere on there as well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in suburban Pennsylvania. I'd say it influenced my writing because my mother's condo was surrounded by old people, so the only kids I had to play with outside of school existed in my head. Sounds lonely, but for an introvert like me, it wasn't all that awful.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Sophomore Freak is the second book in the four part Reject High series. It follows the aftermath of (SPOILER ALERT) teenage troublemaker-turned-superhero Jason Champion's victory over his principal and Earth Science teacher who were trying to kill him and steal his power source. It didn't come without a cost. The battle cost the life of a classmate, which depresses Jason's girlfriend, Sasha, and puts distance between the couple. Jason's best friend Rhapsody, who has carried a torch for Jason since Reject High, makes her move. Together, they face a new enemy with a goal of becoming immortal. .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to own my work and receive a bigger cut of the profits. Besides that, I wanted to start a business that I could leave to my children.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it's the end, but I always find myself exhausted and wanting to start the next challenge.
Published 2014-04-02.
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Books by This Author

The Anarchists
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,340. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Struck by tragedy in the year 2050, four people volunteer for a psychological experiment. Dosed with a substance called "The Solution," they make different choices at pivotal moments in their lives. When they return to a reality different than they remember, their actions will destroy the planet or save it. Or both.