This Saturday 11th August is the Carmarthen Book Fair, created and organised by two of my favourite people, John and Sarada Thompson.
Today is John’s turn to let us into his creative mind and tell us more about what makes him tick, and I have to say, I learned a few things and love so many of these answers. Thank you so much, John for sharing with us..
1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as
you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
I have a general plan of how the story should go, but often find that as characters develop, the plot has to move in a direction I had not envisaged – including bringing in more characters. I never stick rigidly to a plot-line – I’m a great believer in letting things take their course.
2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
No, no rituals.
3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
1) I’m a sports fanatic (excepting snooker and golf!) – have supported Arsenal for over 60 years
2) I’m very sentimental – I still cherish the moment I held my first grandchild over 16 years ago
3) I love India and can’t wait to go back – but you probably knew that
4) I’m very left-wing – you would probably have guessed that too
5) I worry that I won’t live long enough to write all the stories that buzz around in my mind
4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you
want with you?
1) a solar-powered hi-fi set
2) a complete set of classical CDs (excluding very modern stuff)
3) a set of wine-making equipment
4) lots of paper and pens
5) a bundle of puzzle books – sudoku, word wheel, crossword etc.
5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
1) War and Peace – having taken years to read it when I was much younger, I feel I’d have the time to get through it again
2) Wolf Hall – I just loved Mantel’s take on Thomas Cromwell
3) Pride and Prejudice – probably my favourite book of all time, filled with wonderfully drawn characters;
4) The Lord of the Rings – I’ve read it a dozen times over the years, so a few more wouldn’t hurt
5) Bleak House – or any other Dickens novel – the supreme story-teller.
6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
7 Your current writing projects?
Currently planning the final volume of the Brindavan series, and in the middle of writing a number of children’s books: 1) a boy who wants to be a good footballer is coached by the ghost of Stanley Matthews; 2) a boy from the 15th century who was transported into a magical world through an enchanted mirror finds himself in the 21st century; 3) the Ringo stories – about a magician turned into a dog but retaining his magical powers.
8 Other published work and links…
The first two volumes of the Brindavan Chronicle – Genesis and Nemesis – were published in 2015 and 2017; Judas, the Man Behind the Myth is due to be published on 11th August. I have also a number of short-story booklets: 1) Adventures in Time – stories for children; 2) Beyond Boundaries – unearthly tales; 3) The Female of the Species – stories of women who seek revenge for ill-treatment; 4) Strange Encounters – ghost stories.
You can find links to these books on John’s author page https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Thompson/e/B012NZ3V8W/ref