Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Sara O. Thompson, author of recently released urban-fantasy, supernatural-thriller, MUDDY WATERS, which hit Amazon on April, 4, 2017!
In the comments, please join us in asking Sara O. Thompson anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, and life in Louisville, Kentucky. Or you know, just throw something completely random at her to keep her on her toes!
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I live and write from beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. We live in a 117-year-old house with the kind of natural light that means we will be goners in the event of a zombie uprising. (And I don’t care what anybody says - Kentucky is part of the South. We are not Midwest.)
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
It’s a book I wanted to read. I wanted to explore familial relationships and tradition, and I wanted a sassy main character. My challenge really came in editing. I overhauled a couple of big scenes and that was kind of painful. What do I love about it? I’m pretty proud of the whole thing.
What are a few of your hobbies?
The big one is improv. I started doing improv comedy about 7 years ago and I love it. We get a suggestion from the audience and make up everything right there on the spot. I’m actually offering a workshop this year about using the rules of improv to write.
I love dancing, too. I used to be really into ballroom and salsa. Did competitions and stuff. Right now I do a lot of Zumba.
I’m also a big crafter. Love me an evening of ModPodge, paper scraps, and wine.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Bread, cheese, chocolate, and wine. It would be called Le Fromager Voyager.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
If you read my critics, I should just get better at everything before I try to foist off this drivel on an unassuming public. I would say I could work on fight scenes.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
Legion is super-trippy and I can’t get my head around the fact that it’s MATTHEW from Downton Abbey. I also enjoy Face Off, and the Real Housewives of Potomac is my uber-guilty pleasure.
What movie do you quote the most?
Christmas Vacation comes up a lot. Probably more than is healthy or normal. Princess Bride gets a lot of play, too.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
I’ve really gotten away from collecting because I don’t want the stuff around. But I did have a pretty epic glass figurine collection for a very long time. I have a really pretty white stoat that I got in memory of our many pet ferrets. I also like vintage floral hankies. Your grandfather and I are the only people around who still use cloth handkerchiefs.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
I don’t have a preferred genre so much as a preference for a book that can take me away, Calgon-style. If I’m thinking about it when I’m not reading it, that’s the ticket.
What do you like to do on vacation?
I like a good mix of exploring and vegging out. Unless I’m at the beach, then it’s just the vegging part.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
There’s a literary fiction book in here somewhere. Likely about my mom’s aunt who was a nun in France and fled the convent with a cow and all the novices, to escape the Nazis.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
There’s always a very good chance that I have a kazoo in my purse.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Lady Mary of Exeter: Keep Calm and Carry On.
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
I’m really into podcasts and I’ve caught up on my two favorites, Tanis and The Black Tapes. But there’s a new one from the same people that has me hooked. It’s called Rabbits. It’s about a woman searching for her friend who is playing this bizarre “game” that probably kills people. There’s only a few episodes out but man, it’s really good so far. (And the narrator’s voice is so easy to listen to.)
About Muddy Waters
Twenty years ago, the boundary between worlds dropped. It will be a while before the political, social, and religious upheaval settles down but the good news is: now you can book a vacation to Valhalla as easily as you can go to Las Vegas. Your real estate agent might be a Wood Sprite. Your mechanic might be a Minotaur. For better or for worse, Supernormals are part of Earth life.
Five years ago, Tessa Reddick was convicted of killing her entire family: 37 Witches from one of the most powerful covens in history. She’s been locked up at Lakeland Psychiatric hospital, still grieving but mad as hell at whoever-or whatever-put her there.
Half an hour ago, a handsome FBI agent showed up to spring Tessa from the joint
-but there’s a price. A series of murders is picking off Supernormals and the feds need the help of the last known Reddick Witch.
Determined to learn who set her up for the fall, help solve the FBI crimes, and maybe get closer to her mysterious (and seriously hot) Dark Elf partner, Tessa is more than willing to play Witchy Nancy Drew.
But Tessa has few friends left and something is coming for her, too - maybe it’s the one who framed her and killed her coven, or perhaps a new foe with a taste for Witch’s blood.
Solving crimes, doing magic, drinking bourbon. It’s dirty work, but somebody has to do it.
The next installment awaits...Author Spotlight Question and Answer: Bob Defendi