...Sara O Thompson
1. Tell me about your book Otherwhere Muddy Waters and where you got your inspiration for it?
The book is an urban fantasy about a Witch. She’s wrongly convicted of killing her family and sent to a psychiatric prison. The FBI comes to get her out if she will help them solve supernatural crimes. It is the book I have wanted to read while wading through all the other books in this genre.
2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?
I am so guilty of falling into the Wikipedia/online research hole that I could fill a smaller more enthusiastic online encyclopaedia with my semi-useless knowledge. I enjoy learning stuff so it’s not a problem. And I think it colors my stories nicely to add that extra bit of history or folklore.
3. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
HA YES. I swear, I get pulled over the day after my tags expire every damn time. They pull me over and bark, “DID YOU KNOW YOUR PLATES ARE EXPIRED?” You’d think they found a body and a kilo of coke in my trunk instead of having forgotten to participate in state bureaucracy.
4. What’s your favourite knock knock joke?
Dishes Sean Connery.
5. If you could get away with a crime, would you? If yes, what would it be?
Nope. I’m a recovering Catholic and I wouldn’t be able to live with the guilt.
6. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?
I don’t think I would survive a zombie apocalypse. My house is full of windows, I don’t know how to use any good weapons, and I can’t run very fast.
7. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
Nope. I aim for BIST: butt in seat time, for at least an hour. Sometimes that ends up being research, or reading, or writing. Whatever I need that day.
8. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
There are sardines books and potato chip books. Lots of people like potato chips. Not many people like sardines. My first novel is a sardines book: it’s weird, it’s niche-y, and not many people “get” it. At some point, I expect I’ll self-publish it.
9. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
The worst thing, I think, is to be unremarkable. To be ignorable. Even if people hate my work with the fire of a thousand burning suns, at least I’ve moved them in some way. I would like to be unignorable for good reasons.
10. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?
I work in marketing and advertising. Mostly it’s for a large healthcare company headquartered here in my hometown.
11. Is there anything I’ve left out that you’d like to talk about?
Something people are typically interested in with me is the fact that I do improv comedy. I’ve been performing for about six years and I love it. It has helped me so much as a writer, in terms of coming up with ideas, with public speaking, etc. I could go on but I won’t. I have a workshop on the subject that I’m offering this year at various conventions.
Convicted for murdering her family, and locked in a psych ward, witch Tessa Reddick has just made a deal with the FBI to be their newest Supernormal Investigator. Freedom has a price, though it’s one she’s willing to pay if it means she can track down who set her up for the fall. A cross between X-Files and Dresden Files, with bourbon. (Lotta bourbon.)
(In her own words)
(In her own words)
When I’m not writing, I perform improv comedy, tell stories on stage, ballroom dance, and craft. I also have identical twin sons. My husband is an ICU nurse and is a great person to be married to if you are an improv person, a book lover, and a nerd. He’s also handy in medical emergencies. My favorite authors in no particular order:
Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Charles Dickens, and Flannery O’Connor.