Angie Thompson

Biography

An avid reader and incurable story-spinner, Angie Thompson also enjoys volunteering in her church’s children’s program and starting (but not always finishing) various kinds of craft projects. She currently lives in central Virginia near most of her incredible family, including two parents, six brothers, one sister, and three sisters-in-law—plus two nieces, five nephews, and several assorted pets!

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Bridgers, was born, indirectly, out of my discovery of the Audio Theatre Central podcast. This team does an awesome job of reviewing family-friendly audio drama--a genre I was already interested in but have become much more excited about since listening to their reviews. As I was listening through the podcasts, I found that they mentioned a couple of Christian kids' audio dramas that are available to stream free online.

Since I have a lot of time to listen while I'm working, I began checking out some of these shows, and in one of them, I came across an episode that was modeled after the parable of the Good Samaritan. After listening to the episode, a couple of ideas and questions kept coming back to me.

First, the conflict in the show was framed as the popular group (priest/Levite) vs. the unpopular, rather nerdy kid (Samaritan). This worked well for the audience and the format, but I found myself wondering how I would choose to frame the conflict if I were retelling the story. Who would be the Samaritans in our day? What kind of person would we be shocked to hear Jesus make a hero?

Second, I realized that I had never tried to play out the Good Samaritan story either in my imagination or on paper. This was surprising because I tend to love the parts of stories (books, movies, etc.) that involve taking care of someone who is hurt or sick--which meant this parable was perfect material for a book I would enjoy.

After letting both of those thoughts rattle around in my imagination, I started writing, and the result was Bridgers!
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read Christian fiction and children's/young adult fiction--especially a combination of the two! While a number of my favorite books are classics, I've also discovered several contemporary authors that I really enjoy. I especially appreciate books with good character relationships and fun, realistic dialogue.

I enjoy stories from almost any sub-genre with a few reservations--the biggest being no magic and very little sensuality. I'm not a big fan of murder mysteries, or of plots involving death in general, especially of characters I've grown attached to. Of course, my family would be quick to point out that that doesn't apply to deaths before the story opens--I've always been a sucker for orphans. I also tend to gravitate toward books with a survival-type premise, especially if the focus is on a group rather than an individual.

Allegory, adventure, Biblical fiction, sci-fi, general contemporary, historical, dystopian, mystery, romance--you might catch me reading or writing any or all of them on any given day.
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Books

Bridgers : A Parable
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,230. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Three boys. One choice. No turning back. When an act of violence presents a rising church star, a struggling pastor's son, and a kid from the wrong side of town with the same decision, each boy's answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus' best-known parables.

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