Science fiction buffs, today I am happy to welcome a fellow educator and OakTara author, Kevin Thompson, who hails from sunny Florida. He's written his first sci fi book, THE SERPENT'S GRASP, which was just released in January, and he's going to tell us about that in a moment. Welcome, Kevin--tell us a little about yourself.
|With Ramona Tucker,|
Editorial Director, Oaktara
Anything the average reader wouldn't know about you?
That I am a slow reader. That’s probably why I hated reading as a kid. Even as I entered middle school, I hated to read. Then, one day, on a trip to Daytona Beach, my mom bought me a copy of the book JAWS. I devoured that book (no pun intended). That is what led me to write what I wrote in the books I donated to the high school library where I work: This is what happens when a kid who hates to read gets turned on to a specific genre. Now look at me, reading all the time, writing books and articles. It’s amazing, really.
That is fantastic! I've had students who disliked reading, but eventually found out what they had been missing.
I enjoy thrillers. I also noticed that there are not very many intense thrillers in the Christian market. There’s a few, but not many. So, people like me have to cross-over into secular fiction to find what we are looking for. The problem with crossing over is the language and the worldviews. So, my first book, THE SERPENT'S GRASP, and the ones to come are my attempt at filling what I see as a huge hole in the Christian market.
Also, you’re often told to write what you know. I’ve often said you also should write what you like to read. If I tried to write historical romances set in the 1800s, I could probably make more money and be in the headlines sooner, but I’d probably jump off a cliff as a result. That genre is just not my cup of tea.
As an educator myself, I really know what you are talking about regarding the time issue. Since I am teaching online now, I can pretty much choose my own hours--a great blessing for a writer, believe me!
As for everyday life, it is neat to have people come up to you and say, “I didn’t know you had a book published?” or “Congratulations on your book!” Those comments means a lot, too.
Fair enough. It is so hard to pick just one, anyway!
I can't say that I blame you, Kevin! I'm glad you're still with us so that you can tell us about your book.
My book, described below, leaves the reader asking the “What If?” questions:
Now that's an attention-grabbing story! I am certain that lots of people will be reading this book.
Here is your golden opportunity: what would you wish to say to your readers?
If you’ve read the book and liked it, please “Join the Battle” at my website (it is also in the back of the book) @ http://www.ckevinthompson.com/battling-the-serpents-grasp and help out in any way you can. Word of mouth is the best advertisement! And thanks in advance for your support!
- My website: www.ckevinthompson.com
- My blog: www.ckevinthompson.blogspot.com
- My Facebook Page (Please “like” my page)
- My Twitter page (Come follow me!)
- My Publisher’s website: My Author Page & The Serpent’s Grasp
- I’m also on LinkedIn under C. Kevin Thompson
Anything else that you’d like to add?
If you’re intrigued by the science of THE SERPENT'S GRASP, then check out the bibliography in the back of the book and also visit my webpage called In the News, where I highlight articles that are brought to my attention which pertain to the topic of the book.