Meet Christina Thompson, Author in Vintage Love Stories
It’s time for another Vintage Love Stories interview, and this time, Blunder Woman Productions is spotlighting Christina Thompson, whose story, Purple Roses is part of this powerful anthology. So, please, settle in and get to know Christina.
What inspired Purple Roses?
Joe Roberts and Sylvia Folkert are two of my favorite characters in my series. I wanted to give them a poignant scene through the remembrance of a lifetime of love and the hint of a new passion with all its possibilities.
Taking place outside the series, “Purple Roses” precedes Chemical Attraction, where they already have a sweet friendship amid Joe’s romance with Sylvia’s niece, Madeline.
Contributing “Purple Roses” to the Vintage Love Storiescollection is a touching tribute to my parents. My father passed away in March after fifty-three years of marriage. The treasured knickknacks in their home also share their love story.
Share 4 fun facts about yourself:
1) I’m a certified massage therapist and acupuncturist.
2) I’m a Firefly Browncoat and adore Nathan Fillion.
3) I love sci-fi monster movies.
4) I once beat my son, an avid gamer, at Mario Party. It’s a game of chance, but a win’s a win. I won’t let him forget it either.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote, but I didn’t consider myself a writer until my husband pointed it out to me. We were having breakfast at the local diner, and I asked him about a transitioning part in my story. He’s usually a good sounding board.
This time, he thought I should kill off one of my main characters. When I thought about that character dying, I started to cry. Having fun at my expense, he suggested some malicious ways to do it. Our discussion received some quizzical looks from the patrons around us. Embarrassed by my emotional outburst, I asked him if I was crazy. Putting a pleasant spin on it, he said I had a passion for writing. I realized the more I wrote the more compelled I was to write. He clarified that for me.
What books have most influenced your life?
Ted Kaptchuk’s The Web That Has No Weaver expanded the narrow view I had of the Universe. Then, Stephen King’s On Writing changed my mindset for writing with this passage, “When you step away from the ‘write what you know’ rule, research becomes inevitable…remember that you are writing a novel not a research paper. The story comes first.” When I first started writing, my confidence had waivered at the daunting task of procedure and investigation. That changed when I focused back on the characters and storyline.
Can you tell us about your current project?
After my father died, I came across letters he had written during the Korean War. The correspondences between my dad and his father gave me insight into that time in his life and in the relationship he had with his own father. I’m typing them up and putting them in order with the plan of sharing the anthology with the rest of my family.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story, or do you feel like you hold the reins of the story?
In the beginning of a story, I tell my characters what to do. I’m a big planner. As their parent, I guide these children and maneuver them through the scenes. At some point, they grow up. The characters take over and I end up deleting many of my planned scenes and dialog.
I’ve learned to open myself up to those changes and run with it. I’m still surprised how invigorating it is. I mean, where did these new idea come from? It’s magic.
Which do you develop first, character or plot?
That’s a “Chicken or Egg” kind of question. In general, I have the characters and plot in mind when I start. Then, the plot fleshes out a deeper understanding of the characters while the characters push for intriguing dimensions of the plot.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favorite and why?
His charisma hiding his loneliness, Joe Roberts is a womanizer on the surface. Deep down, he’s searching for an instant chemistry with his soulmate, the one person who will love him for his faults not in spite of them. He wonders if he’s selfish? Broken? Cursed? Unlovable? He starts to lose faith. However, when he stops searching, something electric happens.
Joe’s my favorite because I almost lost faith, too.
ABOUT CHRISTINA THOMPSON
As a former holistic practitioner, Christina Thompson now enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions.
She is the author of the romantic thrillers in The Chemical Attraction Series, which include Their Rigid Rules, The Kindred Code, Chemical Attraction, and Chemical Reaction. She has also written the romantic adventures, The Trucker’s Catand The Garden Collection.