Getting to know... Derek Thompson
1. How did you get into writing? Do you remember what was the first story or poem that you wrote?
At my junior school the best stories received a star (gold or green) and were pinned up on the classroom wall. There was one story I wrote about an alien visitor who brought gold and took away flint. And I remember standing up in assembly and reading out a poem about Christmas - I can still quote the first couple of lines. I'm not sure exactly what happened after that, but the writing bug then went into witness protection for a few years!
2. If you had to describe your writing style in three words, what would they be?
Varied. Unadorned. Focused.
3. You have a blog that you regularly update. Do you find writing it has helped you as a writer or is it more of an outlet for your thoughts and ideas?
I've found that having a blog has generally professionalised my approach to writing. I set deadlines for posting and have used the blog to help promote other writers and network more effectively. Hand on heart, I doubt the blog has helped my book sales any, but that's also, in part, because my blog covers several types of writing.
4. Excluding your own story, which would you say was your favourite in Beyond the Horizon?
It's a toss up between Caroline Cook's 'Mistakes' and Warren Thorpe's 'You call that art?'.
5. What have you been up to since Beyond the Horizon was published?
A short story, The Silent Hills, was published as an ebook by Musa Publishing. It went on to win Best Mainstream Story in the 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll. Musa then signed up a children's / young adult story of mine called The Superhero Club, which is due out in November. Just recently, some of my very short fiction was included in the Flash Fiction South West anthology. Elsewhere, I self-published an ebook collection of comedy sketch scripts, The Showreel Sketchbook, and completed the edit of my latest novel, Scar & Stripes.