I am so excited to be featuring the talented Angie Thompson on the blog today!
An avid reader and incurable story-spinner, Angie Thompson also enjoys volunteering in her church’s children’s program and starting (but not always finishing) various kinds of craft projects. She currently lives in central Virginia near most of her incredible family, including two parents, six brothers, one sister, and five siblings-in-law—plus four nieces, six nephews, and several assorted pets!
Kylie: Can you share with us what inspired you to become a writer?
Angie: I’m not sure anyone could tell you that, actually. According to my mom, I used to tell stories from pretty much the time I could talk. Eventually, I moved from the adventures of my dolls and stuffed animals to other imaginary friends, and it was only a matter of time before I started writing down the stories that were always swirling around in my head. I guess the part of writing that’s always attracted me is taking a group of characters that I love and spending time with them, watching to see what they do next. 🙂
Kylie: Tell us a little about your books!What is something you hope readers take away from them?
Angie: It’s taken me a while to figure out my brand because my genres are a bit all over the map (sometimes within the same story!). But whether it’s historical, contemporary, or futuristic, I write stories centered around simple faith, solid friendships, and strong families, and I especially love to explore the various bonds that tie my characters together. I was an advanced reader from a very early age (literally got Little Women for my fifth birthday–and read it!), so I’m sensitive to the plight of younger readers who need a more challenging read without a lot of edgy content. At the same time, I’ve never lost my love for a good, sweet story without a boatload of unnecessary drama, and I hope my books can be that for older readers as well. I recently had a reviewer call one of my books “comfort food,” and I love the descriptor!
The biggest thing that I’d like readers to take away from my books is a deeper sense of the way that God works in and through all kinds of different people and circumstances to bring about what He knows is best. Like the characters in a story, we often can’t see beyond our immediate wants or fathom how anything good could possibly come out of a particularly hard spot. But God’s ways are truly amazing, and He is more skillful than the most accomplished author at weaving together all the tangled and knotted plot threads to make a whole more beautiful than we could imagine. ❤
Kylie: What book are you most excited about reading in 2021?
Angie: That’s a really hard one! Most of my favorite authors I’m not entirely sure what they’re planning to release this year, so I’m sure I’ll have some great surprises coming! If we’re talking books I haven’t read yet, the last book in P.D. Atkerson’s AKA Simon Lee series is coming out this year, and I’m very excited for that one. And Playgrounds and Black Markers by Libby May, which I had the privilege of alpha reading last year, is also coming out this year, and I’m really looking forward to reading it again!
Kylie: Are there any Authors or Books that have given you inspiration on your journey as a writer?
Angie: Oh, my… I don’t know that I could give you an exhaustive list but I’ll take a shot at it. 😉 Louisa May Alcott’s and Margaret Sidney’s books were early favorites (and are still favorites). Out of a slough of new favorite (particularly indie) authors, Rebekah Morris rises to the top for writing the kind of sweet, simple stories I’ve always loved and reminding me that there are people out there who will love my stories as much as I love hers. I also have to give a big thanks to Bill Myers, who I’ve never read much from, but who was such an encouragement to a young writer completely overwhelmed by her first taste of a writers’ conference when he started his session by assuring us that the only difference between him and us was that some of us weren’t published–yet. And I guess I should mention The Bobbsey Twins, which–in a weird and pretty much unrecognizable way–inspired my first ever totally imaginary set of characters. 😀
Kylie: If you could sit down and have lunch with a favorite Author, who would you choose?
Angie: Ohhh, man, that’s hard! There are so many authors I would love to meet in real life! I’ll go with my gut on this one and say J. Grace Pennington. She was one of my early introductions to the world of Christian indie fiction, and she was also the first author I ever worked up the courage to message directly and let her know just how very much I was enjoying her work. (Plus…maybe she would slip in some spoilers for the rest of her Firmament series? I can always hope…)
Kylie: Outside of writing, what are things you enjoy spending your time doing?
Angie: Well, reading. (Yep, that was obvious.) I have spurts where I enjoy crafting, although if a project stretches too long, I have a bad habit of losing interest and leaving it half-done. :S I also enjoy music, spending time with my family, and working with kids.
Kylie: Do you have any new projects coming up in the near future to be watching for?
Angie: I’m currently working on the second book in the Quiet Valor series, but it’s being a bit of a slowpoke lately (or maybe I am…). But I do have a collection of short Christmas stories coming out in July that I’m very excited about! It’s titled Glad Tidings: A Flash Fiction Advent Calendar, and the pre-order is currently on sale for $0.99. I love these tiny little stories so much. ❤
Kylie: Where can readers connect with you and purchase your books?
Angie: You can connect with me through my website and newsletter (https://quietwaterspress.com) or on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/angiethompson) My print books are sold on Amazon, and my ebooks are sold pretty much everywhere, so you can look for me in your favorite store or visit my website for all the links.
Kylie: Thank you for stopping by to visit with us today, Angie. I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing journey!
Angie: Thanks again for hosting me, Kylie! It’s been a lot of fun! 😀