Angela Thompson

Angela Thompson is a writer of children’s books. She holds a degree in Health and Human Services and has worked in this field for numerous years. Her books rhyme to hold the children’s attention while they are learning. She currently has two books on the market, Who Has Seen the Wind, Today? and How We Get From Here to There?

Tell me about your latest book and what inspired you to write it?

It is titled How We Get From Here to There? It’s a rhyming book about transportation. It is written in a humor mode and I wanted it to be fun to read, yet an easy way to learn about transportation. It was inspired by my grandson’s love of big trucks. He was so excited when saw them while traveling and he likes books about big trucks.

Share your personal publishing story. Did you choose self or traditional? How did you go from book manuscript draft to finished book available for purchase?

As a small child I can remember dreaming of becoming a writer. I would re-write children’s books with a different ending and my after-school hours were spent reading. I choose self-publishing because I wanted to see my book in print, but I would like to get published by a traditional company. I web searched different self-publishing companies until I found one I could afford then I sent in a copy of my manuscript. The company sent a list of questions I had to answer, and I also had to send in the pictures that I wanted in my book in the order that I wanted them. Then I had to approve a copy of the book before they published it. From there is was ready for purchase.

Describe your writing routine. How many hours a day/days a week do you write?

This was kind of a hard question to answer because sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and write down ideas or between the hours of 3 and 4 am. I like Dr. Seuss’ books, especially Green Eggs and Ham. I can still remember it almost word for word. I mention this because my ideas about books almost always come in rhymes. Sometimes I will write for a week then put it aside. It took about a year to get this book together.

Who does your illustrations? Did you or someone you know create them or did you hire someone? What was the experience like?

The first book was illustrated by the publishing company, but I always wanted my daughter to do my illustrations. She did in the second one, How We Get From Here to There?  I was sometimes anxious, impatience and a little bossy at time because I thought she was taking too longer, but I also was excited.

How many unpublished or unfinished books have you written and set aside? What are your plans for them?

I have two finished but unpublished ones and five unfinished ones. I plan on finishing them, but I would like to work with a traditional publisher.

How do you go about obtaining book reviews? Do you read them? How do you deal with the good and the bad ones?

I joined an online book club and had them to review my second, but mostly family and friends wrote reviews.

Do you prefer reading print, audio or ebooks? Why?

Personally, I prefer print. I like the idea of sitting somewhere comfortably and reading and just begin able to turn the pages. I think this is because I’m a visual person and plus the bright light from the tablets causes my eyes to burn.

There are many trends in self publishing that have come and gone. What do you think is going to change next in the self or traditional publishing landscape?

I think in the self-publishing landscape it will be the respect level, because it seems to me that books are not held valuable and are [deemed] worse looking at if they are self-published. In traditional publishing, hopefully it will become a little easier to get published by them.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

To keep pursuing your dream. Do not let someone else’s opinion become what you think of yourself or your writing. If you publish with a self-publishing company, know that you will have to be the main one that promotes your book, as they basically just publish what you write.

Who is your favorite author, book? The last book you read?

James Patterson, Double Cross.

How do I find you on the Internet?

I don’t have an author website address but my books can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.