Saturday, August 12, 2023

Interview With Author Tim Thompson

1. What inspired you to write this book?

 Campfire Stories will be a series of books that are inspired by my dad. He went to many campouts dressed as Three-Knots the Mountain Man. He slept in a teepee or a lean-to, cooked over an open fire, and at night he would create a giant bonfire and tell his famous campfire stories. He passed away in 2013 and I wanted a way to keep his legacy alive. I started gathering his stories together and making them into animated books. So far, I have two books completed; Campfire Stories: Mischief-Maker, and Campfire Stories: The Honey Tree and I am planning for book three in the next year or so.   

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?

 The adventures of Three-Knots, a mountain man who gets into all sorts of trouble while hunting in the forest. Made for the young and young at heart. This is an adventure through the forest, hunting for his winter stockpile of food.  

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

 My hope is that readers will laugh and let their imagination take them on a journey. This book is a light-hearted tale of epic situations. 

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

 I wanted something that reminded me of my dad telling his stories by the campfire.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?

 Tell a story that you enjoy. If you put your love into writing, the readers will enjoy it just as much.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? 

 I am a new author and have not studied many of the trends that are popular today, but for me, I went with self-publishing my own books. I have a pretty good feel of how I want the stories to be portrayed and the vision for the book itself.  

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? 

 Yes, for sure. I grew up in nature's backyard in Washington State. Each weekend of my childhood was camping and hearing these stories told time and time again. Seeing the love of these stories by the listener's expressions and laughter, inspired my dad to keep creating more stories to tell by the fire.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

 I don't think I have a particular style at this time. I just enjoyed taking my dad's stories and making them into something visual for others to enjoy as well.  

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

 The challenge of writing these books was taking "mountain man speak" and translating that into something the public would understand and still make it funny and enjoyable.  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

My books are quick reads and meant for youngins to enjoy, but I have had many adults tell me that they felt excited and on the edge of their seats turning the pages quickly to see what happens next. 

About Ther Author: I grew up in Kennewick, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. Living in the northwest gave me many opportunities to explore nature including hiking, camping, and seeing beautiful landscapes. I enjoy traveling to see different types of nature. Photography is a passion and I especially love photographing nature scenery. I live in Las Vegas Nevada enjoying the desert and all of the beauty it provides in the Southwest of America. For more info, please see: and


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