Author Spotlight/Interview: Karri Thompson

Posted October 24, 2014 by sarah in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Review, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

I’m a music freak and a writing fanatic. My favorite bands are Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Pearl Jam, Nickelback, Slipknot, and Soundgarden – basically any edgy, hot alternative rock — but I sometimes listen to pop and country music, too.
 
Some of the authors who hold a special place in my heart are Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowlings, Billie Letts, John Steinbeck, and Earnest Hemmingway.
 
I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I’m a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, John, our son, and two dogs. Earning a Ph.D. in English and teaching at the college level are on my bucket list.

Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield – I promise. If you’re one of my students, you’re either laughing or shaking your head at this.

In my free time, I like to jog, ski, and travel. After a recent trip with my family to Germany, I have plans for a new YA romance, and I’m hoping our upcoming 2014 trip to Ireland will also inspire another romance novel.

I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s football games and tennis matches, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.

 
 
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Book 1 of The Van Winkle Project
 
I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I’ve finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.


Sarah’s Review:
I just can’t express how this book made me feel. It’s one of the best books I’ve
read all year. I loved it so much that I had a dream about it the next night
after I finished it.  I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  I loved
all the twist and turns this book threw at you. Which was amazing so I had no
idea where this book was going to go. I wish the second book was out already so
I could have continued on with the story.






Interview with Karri Thompson
What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
My favorite thing about being a writer is meeting people who have read my books. When someone tells me that they loved one of my novels, it makes my day – actually it makes my week! I write because I want to share the stories in my head, and in doing so, write novels that are entertaining and compelling, and make the readers think about them long after they’ve read the last pagesIf my books leave smiles on my readers faces, I’m happy.
 
What inspired you to write Mirror X?
This is a hard question to answer without giving a plot twist away. Lol. There are actually two reasons: I’ve always been fascinated by cryogenics and the possibility of being frozen and awakened in the future, so this is what happens to my main character. In addition, there are people who’ve lived before I was even born, and I wish I could have always met them. Well, this happens in MIRROR X. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you read my book.

When is the second book due out?
My publisher hasn’t given me a release date for book 2 yet. My editor still has it, and I haven’t received the first round of edits. Once the first pass of edits is complete, my publisher should have a better sense of when it should be available. I think their goal is to have about six to eight months between books. I’m currently working on book 3. I plan to have it finished and to my editor by the end of November. I’m hoping book 2 will find a release date in February. Fingers are crossed!

Do you have a title for that book yet?
The working title for book 2 is ASCENDENCY, which mean the state of being the governing or controllinginfluence; domination.” In MIRROR X, Michael brings a 31st-century board game to Cassie’s room after she’s been awakened. The game is similar to Monopoly, and it’s called ASCENDENCY. In book 2, Cassie is playing a real game of ASCENDENCY, so I thought the title was perfect. My publisher has the last say though, so I have no idea if that name with stick.
 

Are any characters named after anyone in your real life?
I actually try not to name any of my characters afteranyone I know, although I do like the names to hold some significance. I’ve always loved the name, Cassie, so giving that name to my main character was a no-brainer. I wanted her love interest to be a hot, all-American-boy, so I thought the name Michael worked well for him. Now, when it came to Travel and his brother Trail, I put a lot of thought into those names. The symbolism behind them doesn’t come out until book 2, so I can’t explain why right now, or I’d spoil the book. But in book 2, the meaning behind those names comes full circle.

What book are you currently reading?
I just finished HER HOT NUMBER by Talia Hunter. It’s a category romance, which is totally out of my genre, but I’m planning to write some category YA sci-fi for Entangled Teen, so I want to get a feel for this type of romance. Her book was awesome, but I wouldn’t recommend it for teens and below. The heat level was way too high. 

If you could have lunch with any author, past or present, who would it be?
Oh, that’s an easy one – William Shakespeare! Can you imagine how cool that would be? I’d have so many questions for him, and I’d find out if he actually looked like the portraits that are supposedly of him. When I was in England in April, I went to Stratford, his home town. I did all of the touristy stuff like touring his wife’s family house and the church where he was buried. It was surreal.
 
 
Can you share with us what you’re currently working on?
I’m working on book 3 of the MIRROR X trilogy. The working title is TASMA. If you read MIRROR X, you’ll know why. I’m only about 5,000 words in, so I have a long way to go. But so far, I love how it’s turning out. I also just finished a contemporary YA called ASHES ON THE RHINE. This book means so much to me because it is partly based on my experience in Germany three years ago. I actually broke into tears when I wrote the ending. My agent has it right now. I just hope she loves it and can sell it to a publisher. 

Is there anything else we should know about you?
I’m a high-school English teacher. I love my students. They make me laugh every day. I also love hard rock music like Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Pearl Jam, Seether, Slipknot, and Breaking Benjamin, just to name a few. When people find out, they can’t believe it! My students think I listen to jazz and classical – yeah right! I’m also married with a 16-year-old son who is the kicker on his high-school football team. I live in beautiful San Diego, California. Yup, I’m a native, so I’ve enjoyed this wonderful weather my whole life. Oh, and I’m a huge Sherlock, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones freak! I also want readers to know that I love it when they get in contact with me to either talk about my book, writing, or the publishing world. And I guess that’s it. Thank you Sarah and Lisa for this interview. 


 

 
 


I had a chance to meet Karri Thompson this past weekend at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.  She was on the panel that Lisa and myself were moderating.
 
 
 

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