Interview with Sara O. Thompson, Author of Otherwhere #1: Muddy Waters
Today, we’re sitting down to talk with Sara O. Thompson, author of the urban fantasy debut, Otherwhere #1: Muddy Waters.
Please describe what the story is about.
Convicted for murdering her family, and locked in a psych ward, witch Tessa Reddick has just made a deal with the FBI to be their newest Supernormal Investigator. Freedom has a price, though it’s one she’s willing to pay if it means she can track down who set her up for the fall. Solving crimes. Doing magic. Drinking bourbon. (Lotta bourbon.)
Share a teaser sentence or two from your novel.
“Athena’s tits, Tessa, you could talk the paper off the walls.”
What do you want people to know about your book?
I wrote a book that I wanted to read: something fun but not too twee with an interesting world.
What was your timeline from drafting to publication?
It took about eight months to write and edit, then three months of beta reads and querying. I signed my contract with Curiosity Quills in March of 2016. The book is out April 4, 2017.
What is your favorite part of writing (drafting characters, making up scenes, plotting, developing emotional turning points, etc). Why?
Until I wrote this book, I had never outlined anything except that one time in fourth grade when they tried to teach us outlining for writing papers. For this book, I ended up going a little bonkers and writing a 75-page 10-book outline.
Briefly, where did the idea for your book come from?
I’m a big fan of the X-Files and I was re-watching the old episodes. At some point, I asked myself what would happen if there was no barrier between what we think of as “our world” and the world of the supernatural. It’s all a blur after that.
When do you do your best thinking about your work in progress?
When I’m brainstorming, or freewriting. I write longhand in a blank notebook.
Share something people may be surprised to know about you?
Most people are surprised to learn that I’m naturally an introvert, especially since I perform improv comedy, which is scenes created off the cuff, in front of a live audience.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Always be on the lookout for stuff you can use: physicality in the real world, bits of overheard dialogue, ephemera from other genres.
Book two in the series! I’ve got about half a draft.
Five years ago, Tessa Reddick was convicted of killing her entire family: 37 Witches from one of the most powerful covens in history. She’s been at Lakeland Psychiatric hospital, still grieving but mad as hell at whoever – or whatever – put her there.
Half an hour ago, a handsome FBI agent showed up to spring Tessa from the joint – but there’s a price. A series of murders is picking off Supernormals and the feds need the help of the last known Reddick Witch.
Determined to learn who had it in for her family, help solve the FBI crimes, and maybe get closer to her mysterious (and seriously hot) Dark Elf partner, Tessa is more than willing to play Witchy Nancy Drew. But Tessa has few friends left and something is coming for her, too – maybe it’s the one who framed her and killed her coven, or perhaps a new foe with a taste for Witch’s blood.
Solving crimes. Doing magic. Drinking bourbon.
Available April 4 from Curiosity Quills Press.