Karri Thompson is a writer, wife, mother, and high-school English teacher living in San Diego, California. She holds a BA in English and MA in education from SDSU. Her debut novel, “Amateur Angel”, is currently on shelves, and Karri’s young adult (YA) trilogy, “The Van Winkle Chronicles”, recently found a home with Entangled Teen. The first book in the series, “Mirror X”, launches in the Fall of 2013.
Karri has graciously to tell us a bit more about herself and her work.
For what age audience do you write?
Technically I write for young adults, but I like to say that I write for anyone who is 12 and up. “Amateur Angel” is a paranormal romance, and my new trilogy, “The Van Winkle Chronicles”, is dystopian.
Tell us about your latest book
“Mirror X”, the first book in the trilogy, is about a girl who wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future. Naïve and alone, so longs for home and has trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government. A geneticist at the hospital where she was revived comforts her, but he refuses to answer many of her questions, such as why she is in genetics hospital in the first place, and why several of the people around her seem so familiar, including a hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet. Eventually she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions, and that the government wants something from her that only she can give.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
The best advice I can give to aspiring writers is to never give up, and do anything they can to hone their craft, such as attending writers’ workshops and reading books in their genre. There will be a lot of rejection and disappointments along the way, but don’t stop trying.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I’d want the power to fly. How cool would that be?
If you could have three authors over for dinner, who would it be?
I’d pick William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald can bring the mint juleps.
What is your favorite creature that exists only in literature?
My favorite creature that exists only in literature is the elf, specifically the elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”, and more specifically – Legolas. If I could be any literary creature, I’d definitely be an elf.
Where can readers find your work?
“Amateur Angel” is available at Barnes and Noble, bn.com, and Amazon. Under Entangled Publishing’s digiTeen imprint, “Mirror X” will be available in the Fall of 2013 as a digital download for Nook, Kindle, etc. You can visit her website, “like” her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter (@KarriThompson).
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