Interview with Sandra Gould Thompson

How do you approach cover design?
As an illustrator, you'd think I would design my own cover. However, I wanted a party detached from the topic to produce the design. My decision proved my hunch, and the cover demonstrates (although abstract) the state of mind of the person struggling with mental illness and suicide. My thanks for this service to Angie at Fiverr!
Describe your desk
Frantic, but acceptably so!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Syracuse, New York. I did not speak until I was almost 5 years old. My mom was mentally ill, and as a result I received so little interaction that I did not have the normal opportunities to learn how to speak. I struggled with mental illness my entire life, even with the idea of suicide, but it was when I finally came to the end of myself that I made my attempt and failed. I think it is evident why this book is so important in that every one of us may be the eyes for someone who is blinded by their sorrow.
When did you first start writing?
I have written over my entire life for my own enjoyment, and then as a medical illustrator/writer, but it has only been since the suicide attempt that I began to write with purpose.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I suppose we will see as to success, but with Smashwords, I at least have an opportunity to attain it. If I can save one life with this book, Smashwords will have had a very big part in it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The challenge.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a book about assumptions and the power that they have over us.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That I am still alive!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking. Watching music videos, because they inspire ideas for my writing (even if they seem totally unrelated). Flea marketing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My autobiography in 3rd grade.
What is your writing process?
I sit outside when there is sun (a rarity in Central New York State), listen to oldies, and stare at the clouds while ideas perk. I do not write outlines. I do not write anything. I type it as I think of it. Somehow, a book comes out of it.
Published 2015-05-08.
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