Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?
Karin Thompson: Not to give up and to get an editor to check everything. Amazingly, they see stuff you just do not even notice. Well worth the money.
Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
Karin Thompson: I wrote mostly on the weekend for a few hours.
Romelia: WHEN YOU ARE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO YOU SET THE MOOD?
Karin Thompson: I always pray before I write and ask God to help me. I want to write words that will help people and give them hope.
Romelia: WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?
Karin Thompson: My husband and my closest friends. I have learned to appreciate criticism as it is to help you write better and produce a better book.
Romelia: HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE SUBJECT OR THEME OF YOUR BOOK?
Karin Thompson: My first book was about my past and how I overcame abuse, so I was the subject. My second book was advice that I had found out about during my life’s journey.
Romelia: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE IN YOUR PARTICULAR FIELD OR GENRE? IF YOU WRITE MORE THAN ONE, HOW DO YOU BALANCE THEM?
Karin Thompson: I wanted to add value to someone’s life and help them. I love to encourage people, and writing non-fiction is a great way to do that.
Romelia: WHAT CULTURAL VALUE DO YOU SEE IN WRITING?
Karin Thompson: My faith in God and how I have placed my trust in him. Allowing the scripture to be my compass for my life.
Romelia: HOW DOES YOUR BOOK RELATE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OR OTHER LIFE PATH?
Karin Thompson: They help give the reader direction and hope in their trust in God. Practical advice for daily living.
Romelia: WHAT WERE YOUR GOALS AND INTENTIONS IN THIS BOOK, AND HOW WELL DO YOU FEEL YOU ACHIEVED THEM?
Karin Thompson: My goal was to show people that God can help them no matter how bad the situation/s may be. He has the answers that they need. I feel I have achieved this as I read the book reviews I have received. People have thanked me for writing my books.
Romelia: CAN YOU SHARE SOME STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE YOU MET WHILE RESEARCHING THIS BOOK?
Karin Thompson: I met an editor at a Christian meeting I went to. I honestly can say I never in my life met an editor, but as I needed one, she appeared and was able to help and advise me. She had edited many books and was a wealth of information.
Romelia: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REFERENCES THAT YOU USED WHILE RESEARCHING THIS BOOK?
Karin Thompson: The Bible.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU THINK MOST CHARACTERIZES YOUR WRITING?
Karin Thompson: My faith in God and how much I love him.
Romelia: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING THIS BOOK?
Karin Thompson: I wrote my first book about my abusive past; at times, it was very emotional for me. In the second book, I just needed more alone time. Time to think.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR SUBJECT/GENRE, THAT THEY NEED TO KNOW?
Karin Thompson: People always think that God is mad at them and that he disapproves of them. This is so untrue as God loves each and every person so much and wants to help them.
Romelia: WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Karin Thompson: Helping people, showing people how to get from a to b. I love to see a smile on a person face as they feel relief, comfort, and answers for their situation.
Romelia: HOW DID YOU GET TO BE WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?
Karin Thompson: Trusting God every step of the way. Praying and listening for his direction.
Romelia: WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS THAT YOU FEEL WERE INFLUENTIAL IN YOUR WORK? WHAT IMPACT HAVE THEY HAD ON YOUR WRITING?
Karin Thompson: Joyce Meyer, I love how she helps people. She has written so many books. Max Lucado, he has just a beautiful way of saying things. Very thought-provoking. John Maxwell, he always inspired me to get going. Terri Savelle, she gives me that get-up and goes!
Romelia: WHAT DID YOU FIND MOST USEFUL IN LEARNING TO WRITE? WHAT WAS LEAST USEFUL OR MOST DESTRUCTIVE?
Karin Thompson: That an editor can make it all sound so beautiful. Just write and let them help you. Finding out how hard it was to sell books, marketing was another journey I had to conquer.
Romelia: ARE YOU A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME WRITER? HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR WRITING?
Karin Thompson: I am a part-time writer, it works fine for me as I just stop at the right place so I can pick it up when I can again.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT EBOOKS VS PRINT BOOKS AND ALTERNATIVE VS CONVENTIONAL PUBLISHING?
Karin Thompson: I like printed books, but today ebooks are very popular, so I have made my books available in all formats.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE FUTURE OF READING/WRITING?
Karin Thompson: I will continue to write more books and maybe even children books.
Romelia: WHAT MAKES YOUR BOOK STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD?
Karin Thompson: The covers are very bright. I hope the advice they contain would make a difference to someone.
Romelia: WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE PRESENT? WHAT DO YOUR PLANS FOR FUTURE PROJECTS INCLUDE?
Karin Thompson: I am busy with another book and also writing for magazines and blogs.
Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.
Karin Thompson: I was born in New Zealand. Lived a lot of my life in South Africa, and now I live in Sydney. I have two married sons and 3 grandchildren. I have been married for 44 years – to the same man. Not sure who should get the medal for him or me! I hate that people are so mean and unkind to each other. A smile goes a long way, and it is free.