FTG Thornton was born in Princeton, NJ and was raised in nearby West Windsor Township as the youngest of four wonderful children. However, you’re free to judge how wonderful they are for yourself. He has spent his adult life exploring the country by living everywhere from New Hampshire, Virginia, Georgia, and presently in Los Angeles, Ca. He spent five years as a stand-up comic but makes his living in Real Estate Investment and Business Development Training. He is responsible for the internet personality ‘Pope Fred’ since the year 2000. Please follow @PopeFred for updates from this insane little twitter account. You can also find some cool creative content at PopeFred.com You can also follow Siblinghood Print on twitter @Siblinghood.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote this book and shared it with a few friends who went crazy for it's concept. It was a coupe when I was approached by an Editor to put wheels on the bus and polish "Foothold" into something that was commercially prepared for the market. I was particularly excited because the editor understood not just my story, but also help retain my unique voice. There is a necessity in life to be creative. It's how we build your brain and change life for the better. If I didn't have the ability to spill my thoughts, pains and victories into words then I would lose my mind. This is the same mentality that drives me to keep up my internet persona "Pope Fred." He's a fun loving video creator and the music I've been making as part of the "HyperPLATONIC" series is one of the most exciting and fun projects I've ever done.
How did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the New Jersey community directly adjacent to the prestigious university town of Princeton. As a result, it was a community that was highly focused on providing a good nurturing environment for it's students of all ages. My own mother helped lead the way in that charge with her work as the School Board President, and Senior Citizen Center Administrator. She had her hands in all stages of life learning and that rubbed off on me more than anything else. I was her youngest of four children so I often found the need to entertain myself while sitting field-side at my siblings events, or on long family car rides. When you take the inspiration to be creative and pull over the lifestyle of learning, the picture of who I am becomes quick clear. While the location of life dictated how I got here, I think that my specific style was more influenced by my father. He was a notoriously savvy negotiator and communicator. He endowed me with a strong understanding of the human spirit; I have been told I have strong empathy. I have so many mannerism and pieces of speech in common with the man that my mother is often found calling me by his name. His spirit speaks through my words because I believe it helps me understand what the characters in my story would be thinking, and how the reader would be impacted by the developments. I can only hope that I am also able to embed the sense of whimsical charm that in the end truly defines what made my father such a joy to be around as a person. You will see that the novel "Foothold" is, in-part, dedicated to his memory and influence.
What started out as a small New Hampshire college town turns into the last foothold of mankind left in the Universe. Alone and in possession of a unique technology, the last of our kind find threats and hope wait around every corner.