Interview with Angie Thompson, Author of A Threat and a Promise

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A few weeks ago, I finished a wonderful book called A Threat and a Promise. I absolutely loved the deep sibling relationships, spiritual truths, and wonderful prose – not to mention all of the action! And right now, A Threat and a Promise is on sale for $.99, so be sure to check it out! Here’s my detailed review if you’d like more details on how great this book is.

And today, I have the lovely author of this book on the blog! It was so nice to hear Angie’s writing story and her wise advice for authors.


VH: Hi, Angie, and welcome to the blog! I’m so excited to have you join me today. I so enjoyed A Threat and a Promise! Tell me a little bit about your writing journey. When did you first start writing?

AT: That’s a hard question to answer because according to my mom, I’ve been telling stories from the time I was a toddler. When I started actually writing them down is a bit fuzzier, but I was probably in my preteens?

VH: What’s the hardest part about writing for you?

AT: Does the actual transferring of the story playing out in my head into written words on the page count? (You know…the actual writing process?) If we’re talking which part of the process, though, I would say that description is one of the hardest aspects for me. I’m not an observant or descriptive person in real life, so I have to work harder to incorporate those details, as opposed to things like dialogue, which tends to come much more naturally.

VH: What are your favorite genres to write in?

AT: Oh, that’s a hard one! I would say I don’t really pick my genres; they seem to come attached to the stories, and they’re literally all over the place. In fact, there are some stories I have a hard time fitting into an existing genre because they just don’t settle nicely into one or another. There are a few genres that I won’t write in based on personal convictions and preferences, but beyond that, I don’t know if I could choose a favorite.

VH: What’s one of your best pieces of advice for an aspiring author?

If you have a story in your heart, don’t worry if it checks all the boxes that the “experts” say you need to check. Write what God has given you, and don’t be ashamed of it. That doesn’t mean that you might not end up tweaking it, or that you can’t learn and improve in your craft, or that you need to publish every idea you have, but don’t second guess your heart or your instinct just because other people say it’s not “correct.” There will be plenty of people out there who need what God’s given you.

VH: At what point did you realize you wanted to publish? How did you decide to go with indie publishing?

AT: It was a dream of mine to be published probably from the time I started actually writing, but I’m not sure I really thought it would happen for a long time. When I first started seriously looking into it in my late teens, indie publishing wasn’t really a thing (this was before print-on-demand), so I didn’t pursue it seriously. A few years before I first published on my own, I overcame my fear of rejection enough to send a manuscript to a small publisher. (It was rejected.) Then I got the inspiration for what ended up being my first published novel and wrote it over the course of a couple months. When I finished, it was coming up on the end of the year, and my grandpa had been asking me for years when I was going to get a book published. I had been hearing bits and pieces about indie publishing and decided that I would look into it again and see if I could give him an “actual book” for Christmas. And the rest is history!

VH: Tell me a little bit about your current project.

AT: I’m currently working on a middle-grade science fiction novel (tentatively titled One in a Galaxy) about a boy and his dad who have had to evacuate their planet and relocate to a bustling spaceport. I actually got the germ of this story a few years ago but wasn’t sure what to do with it at the time, and when I got stuck on the second book of the Quiet Valor series, it just exploded into my mind. Figuring out some of the sci-fi tech has been an interesting challenge, but the characters have completely stolen my heart!

VH: I am so impressed by fantasy authors! How do you come up with the fantasy elements of a novel?

AT: Well, to be fair, I don’t have to figure out as much as some fantasy writers since I stay away from things like magical elements and invented creatures. The “fantasy” in my writing usually comes in creating new countries, history, and culture (and sometimes new technology) within the context of the “real world.” A lot of the time, those elements are determined either by the needs of the story (evil dictator? rugged terrain? machine that can level a mountain?) or by the aesthetic I imagine for the characters (pistols vs. swords? kind of dresses? typical village street?). Then I take those pieces and try to put together a larger cultural/historical context that the characters are operating in. I’m not sure if that fully answers the question, but that’s the kind of considerations I’m usually looking at.

VH: What’s your favorite type of character to write?

AT: Hmm… I’m so bad at favorites! I really love the combination of protective characters and characters in need of protection, especially if the roles flip-flop over the course of the story. I also love characters who try to do the right thing even when it’s hard, characters who don’t give up when everything’s stacked against them, and characters who are just regular people doing their best to follow God and love others.

VH: What do you hope readers will take away from your writing?

AT: I think I mostly want my readers to come away with a feeling of hope and comfort, an oasis of rest in a chaotic world, and a reminder that God is in control. I don’t want them to be “fluff,” but I love the term “comfort reads,” and I’d love my stories to be the kind of thing that people can come back to when they need something encouraging and uplifting to read.

VH: What do your upcoming projects look like?

AT: When I finish One in a Galaxy, I plan to get back to the second book in the Quiet Valor series (Loegan and Emmalie’s story). I also have at least one more book planned in the series that will be coming after that. When that series is finished, I have a bunch of other projects in the works, including a biblical fiction story set in the book of Daniel, a retelling/twist of the Robin Hood story, and a contemporary sibling summer adventure. Of course, that’s assuming no other ideas pop in and disrupt everything like my current project did!

VH: Thanks so much for chatting with me today, Angie! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work in the near future!


A Threat and a Promise (Quiet Valor, #1)

What will it take to move beyond her mission?

Jaelyn Rolfe has grown up with a singular purpose: to end the reign of a brutal dictator and rid the world of her father’s terrible legacy. But victory comes with a price, and she soon finds her role in the plot spawning consequences no one anticipated.

Caught unexpectedly between her training and her heart, will Jaelyn find the strength to chart a new course? Can a girl so skilled at deception ever truly earn trust? And when a sudden blow threatens her hard-won triumph, will everything she’s fought for be lost forever?

Buy it here!

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Glad Tidings: A Flash Fiction Advent Calendar

This one’s just in time for Christmas, and I’ve heard great things about it! Definitely looking forward to reading it! And I’ve heard some rumors that it’s on sale, too … 🙂

Twenty-five short reads inspired by themes from the Christmas story

Celebrate the true spirit of the season with this collection of five-minute holiday stories. Perfect to pair with your morning coffee or binge-read while curled up with a favorite blanket on a snowy afternoon!

From a stately mansion to a rough barn, from a cheerful fireside to a lonely mountain road, from a chaotic church pageant to the grim aftermath of war, no heart is without its burden. But no trouble is too deep to be touched by the light of love and the warmth of Christmas.

Buy it here!

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About the Author

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!

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