D.A. Thompson is a writer, licensed attorney and proud father. He holds a doctorate and masters degree in law but is most celebrated for his matchless imagination and gift for storytelling. He uses literature as a means to escape from the daunting world of law. His loving wife Michelle is a school teacher and lends her support and intellect to her husband's many projects.
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.
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