Here we are in the first few days of August. Summer is zipping by for me, which isn't a bad thing, since it's my least favorite season. :)
Today I'd like to introduce you to C. Kevin Thompson. Welcome Kevin. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I believe story flows from a well-crafted idea that weaves character and plot together into an integral arrangement, making the reader think, empathize, and wish he/she could become as much a part of the story as the words on the page. You know what I mean, right? Ever read a book that transported you into another world or era and left you almost homesick when the last page was turned? These are the kind I endeavor to write, although I feel my train hasn’t come close to arriving at that station yet.
I love to read stories that transport you to another world. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I wish for the reader to be challenged spiritually to deepen their understanding of God’s Word as it interacts with the world around us. For example, in my book,
The Serpent’s Grasp, the overarching question acting like an umbrella over the work was “What is Truth?” This question is couched in the scientific community of the book’s main character, Evelyn Sims. She asks a question in an article “she wrote” for a marine paleontology magazine (it appears in the front matter of the book) that sets the stage for the story:
“Of what or whom is evolution afraid? If time is on the side of truth, then there is nothing to fear if it is truly truth we seek.”
Those are some good takeaways for your readers. Is there a book you read that you had wished you'd written?
Hands down, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The messages in that book are numerous, including “mean old man finds redemption” (which is huge, by the way). Oh, the descriptions are tremendous:
Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offenses of smell, and dirt, and life, upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth, and misery.
I used to teach my students about how just a couple of strong words can convey so much (e.g., cesspools, disgorged). When they understood what life was like in London, 1843 (i.e., no indoor plumbing, for one thing), the light bulbs went off.
Vivid descriptions can make such a difference with a story. Tell us about your new book.
My new book. That’s a tricky one. My latest book isn’t new. It’s the second edition of my debut novel that won the 2013 Selah Award for First Fiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. The first publisher stopped publishing books, so we got the rights back. Another publisher picked it up, and it just came out last week (The Serpent’s Grasp). I do have a new book coming out at the end of this month. It’s Book 3 of my Blake Meyer Thriller Series, titled The Tide of Times. The Blake Meyer series is a
continuing series of what is currently planned to be six books. To describe it…Think of the TV show 24 with a Christian twist. In Book 1, 30 Days Hath Revenge, Blake Meyer is simply an FBI agent who is a few months away from semi-retirement. Then, someone from a mission fifteen years earlier sends a message that launches Blake into investigating what is discovered as a massively well-planned terrorist plot against the U.S. In the midst of catching the mastermind behind the plan, Blake’s family is abducted and sold into a growing human trafficking network as an act of revenge. By the end of Book 2, Triple Time, Blake’s philosophy about right and wrong, his understanding of what constitutes “red, white, and blue” and “patriotism,” and his beliefs about who is behind the attack are all challenged. At the beginning of Book 3, he’s on a mission. Not only to find the contagion before it’s too late, but he’s on his way to save his family. As the title suggests from Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Blake’s enemies may have acted in revenge, but what they didn’t plan to do was unleash the dogs of war.
It sounds like an interesting series. What are you working on now?
I’m working on Book 4 of the Blake Meyer series. I don’t have a title yet, but it will come to me. I’m also playing around with young adult series based on a character I created and one I think YA readers will like a lot. That’s all I’m going to say about that right now. Gonna keep that cat in the bag until we’re ready to do the big reveal.
I wish you the best with your writing. I pray that God will use it mightily.