Hi, I’m author Lee Thompson. For those that don’t know me (and those who don’t know me well, since I am quite private), I’d like to take a minute to fill you in.
I’ve recently turned 39. When I was younger I moved all over. I’ve lived a lot in the country, in small towns, and in several cities. My favorite places are the Colorado Springs area (I can’t get enough of the mountains), and San Diego.
I come from a pretty creative family (my grandfather played guitar and painted; my mother writes novels, my brother is talented in multiple artistic areas and works on a program for Reelz TV.) It took me thirty years to find writing and it’s changed me for the better, a little more every year.
Some of my core beliefs are: All we have in life are our choices; who we choose to invest time in, who we love, who we hate, what we choose to do with our lives. I believe we can help others in some small way. I believe that sometimes violence is necessary to protect ourselves and those we love. I believe the world would be a sad, sad place without great books and art and music. I believe life is over in the blink of an eye so we better make the most of it. I believe in change because even though who I was when I was younger has shaped me into who I am now, I’m a much better, more well-balanced person.
Interests outside of writing: Playing guitar, watching great shows and movies, learning new things, traveling, and the two special girls in my life.
My main goals for writing are: I want to make people feel and think. I want to entertain too, but I also want to do more than write escapist fiction. I want to sell film rights. I want to get to the point where I can move thirty thousand copies a year so my gal can quit working and we can have more money to travel and show little Rae the world.
I typically write three kinds of stories.
#1: Coming-of-age because I feel even as adults many of us are still discovering who we are, what we believe, our place in the world, and our purpose for being here. I love classic coming-of-age stories like Stand by Me, Leon The Professional, The Catcher in the Rye, Grendel, etc.
I’ve written a number of them: Earthly Things, The Devil Gave Them Black Wings, The 1st Division Omnibus (Red Piccirilli books), The Lesser People, Beneath the Weeping Willow, Daddy Screamed With Us, As I Embrace My Jagged Edges, and An Ounce of Mercy.
#2: Supernatural Tales because what we cannot see and what might be all around us fascinates me. I love authors like Clive Barker, Stephen King, Peter Straub, John Gardner, Jack Cady, John Connolly, Robert Dunbar, Douglas Clegg, and Mercedes M. Yardley.
I’ve also written a number of Supernatural stories: Shine Your Light on Me, Earthly Things, The Devil Gave Them Black Wings, the Division Mythos (7 books so far), When We Join Jesus in Hell, and Gossamer.
#3: Crime/Mystery/Noir. I love authors like Dennis Lehane, Les Edgerton, James Lee Burke, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, and John D. MacDonald. I like how Crime fiction explores morality or lack thereof.
I’ve written a number of them in the last two years, books like When We Join Jesus in Hell, A Beautiful Madness, It’s Only Death, The Lesser People, After the Fog Clears, Shine Your Light on Me, and With Fury in Hand.
Thanks to everyone who has given my stories a try. Writers need readers, and readers need writers. Thanks for being part of my journey.