Kevin Thompson is an ordained minister who holds a B.A. in Bible from Houghton College (New York), an M.A. in Christian Studies from Wesley Biblical Seminary (Mississippi), and an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University (Illinois). He has published articles in The Wesleyan Advocate, The Preacher, and Vista, as well as various newspapers.
Kevin’s debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, won the 2013 BRMCWC Selah Award for Fiction-First Novel. It was also a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Awards (Science Fiction category).
He and his wife, Cindy, have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. They reside in Florida.
What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve always had the “itch,” I guess you could say. That was satisfied some during my college and seminary days as I had several articles published in various magazines and Sunday school papers. I even had a couple of newspaper articles published after seminary.
However, the fiction bug bit me in the mid-‘90s. I wrote a novel called A Case of Deja Vu. It was my first attempt at fiction, and it shows. I went on to write two more novels (one SF novel for my daughter’s birthday and one as a foray into young adult fiction). All the while, I learned a great deal about the craft. Then, in 2006, I wrote the first chapters on a balcony in Cocoa Beach, Florida, which became my 2013 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference Selah Award winning novel, The Serpent’s Grasp in the First Fiction category. That’s when I knew I was on the right track.
Just as all good novels include a plot twist, the Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a twist that ultimately blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
How much time do you have? As Indiana Jones said, “It’s not the years. It’s the mileage.” And man, have we put on some miles taking detours! We’ve had several, but I’ll highlight just a couple.
I suffered a serious accident at work back in 1986 which landed me in the ICU for three days and in the hospital for a total of nine. That detour still raises its ugly head sometimes, but it led us eventually to this next one: When I entered the ministry seven years out of high school. Never saw that one coming. I got accepted into a prestigious college on old ACT scores I didn’t even know were any good.
Another massive detour was when my wife was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation in 1999 and underwent two brain surgeries as a result. (Ironically, I am sitting in a hotel room right now at 11:00 p.m. writing this while my wife recuperates down the road in a teaching hospital from yet another Chiari-induced malady which required two surgeries to her esophagus – this weekend’s was surgery #2.) It was this medical issue that caused us to leave the ministry in the mid-‘90s and head back to Florida from Iowa (another detour).
Let’s talk about your new book, Triple Time (Createspace, March 2017). Please tell us about it.
Triple Time is the second book of my Blake Meyer Thriller series, which has six planned books. It picks up where Book 1 leaves off. When they ask me about the books, I tell people, “Think 24 (the TV show) with a Christian twist.” The series is written like that TV show. When the reader finishes the series, they will have completed a “season” of sorts (which, by the way, will lend itself really well to a teleplay in the near future).
In Book 1, 30 Days Hath Revenge, a raging madman by the name of Colin Murphy, who feels betrayed by everyone he’s ever worked with, has been planning an attack against the United States for over fifteen years. The contagion — a militarized form of Bubonic Plague with no known cure — was being strategically planned for an orchestrated attack.
Now, in Book 2, Triple Time, the contagion is still out there in the hands of the enemy. And in a few short chapters, so is Blake Meyer’s family, abducted from their home. However, Blake’s family wasn’t simply kidnapped. They were sold. Sold to three different individuals. And this is where the topic of human trafficking comes into play for the remainder of the series.