Nora Thompson | Writing

Twisted cover (large)I’ve been an artist all my life, and I never dreamed I would cross over into writing, but here I am.

I’ve written a fun collection of short stories called Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1, geared toward middle grade readers and up. The book has received thumbs up reviews from Publishers Weekly, Midwest Book Review and Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus even picked the book for their Indie Spotlight. Here’s what PW had to say:

“Just the thing for readers who aren’t scared of the dark—or for those who are and like it.” –Publishers Weekly

Nope. Not kidding.

Right now I’m working on my first novel which steps over toward the more serious side. Here’s my elevator speech for it:

“Writing and owning paper are punishable crimes for Cade and his isolated community until a stranger turns up with a recipe for ink and rebellion.”

The working title of the book is The Stranger Man, and I plan on building the website for it as soon as the book is ready to send out. Not just yet.

Another idea I had for a book came almost completely in a dream. I’ve never had my dreams do the work for me, but I won’t be complaining anytime soon. It’s a little wild of an idea, but I can picture it very well in my head. I’m not sure yet how I want to present it; novel, graphic novel, illustrated novel. I’ll work out those details when I have the chance to dig deeper into the story.

I also have a few picture books that I had started a couple of years ago that have pretty much taken a back seat to everything else you see on this site. They all have a lot of tweaking left in them, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back to them in the near future. In the meantime, I keep thinking up more picture book ideas that will have to take a seat even farther back than all the stuff above.

So many ideas, so little space to put them.