I’m extremely excited to introduce you to one of the best writers I know: Tom Threadgill.
When I first read Tom’s work, I was blown away by his talent. When you read his book, you’ll see why. His writing is seamless and spell-binding. Usually when I read a break-out author’s first work, I find myself editing. When I read Tom’s, I got caught up in the story. It gave me the creeps. And that’s a good thing, because he writes creepy Christian fiction! I see big things in this man’s future!
If you want to be among the first to get to know the next John Grisham/Dean Koontz/Ted Dekker, here’s your chance!
Take it away Tom!
Karla: Tell us a little about yourself.
Tom: I worked for a large corporation and moved all over the southeastern U.S. for almost thirty years before retiring to a small rural community in west Tennessee. My wife and dog tolerate me as much as possible, though I sometimes catch them conspiring. We have two sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, three grandsons, and were recently blessed by the birth of our first granddaughter!
Karla: How precious! Nothing like a new baby granddaughter. I have four of them! We’re blessed, aren’t we? It’s hard to tear yourself away! But back to writing. As a new author, it’s important to develop a solid online presence. Where can we find you online?
Tom: The best place to start is on my website, aptly named tomthreadgill.com. I’m also on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
Karla: When you’re not cuddling your grandchildren, where do you write?
Tom: Usually I’m in a leather recliner in the living room with a laptop. I’m easily distracted so I use earphones to play music and coffitivity.com. My co-writer/dog is usually somewhere nearby offering advice.
Karla: Sounds like my “office,” too. What is your process? (Spreadsheets, Snowflake, Lists/Outlines, Seat of the pants?)
Tom: Definitely a seat-of-the-pantser, although I prefer the term “organic writer.” I’m pretty much making it up as I go! I started with the vaguest of notions about the story, and fleshed it out as I went. The downside is that at several points in the story my characters surprised me and I had to rework some of my previous work.
Karla: I know how that is. I do the same. Tell us about your book.
Tom: Hollow Target is a suspense/thriller novel about FBI agent Jacob Thomas as he pursues a serial killer. The murderer is using the Old Testament as his instruction manual, and Jacob is “spiritually scarred” due to an event in his past. It’s written so that the reader sees the world through each of their eyes.
Karla: Why should readers pick it up?
Tom: First of all, it’s Christian fiction. That can mean a lot of things, but for me it means it’s a story of redemption. Secondly, I try to write in a way that shows Christians as real people with struggles, doubts, and problems, but there’s no preaching in the book. Finally, I think it’s a great story with fantastic characters. But I may be a little biased. 🙂
Karla: How did your book come to life?
Tom: That’s a novel in itself! I never set out to write, but decided for my thirtieth wedding anniversary to pen a semi-autobiographical book for my wife. It was epically bad, and I figured I’d better learn something about writing before trying again. Hollow Target actually originated from a writing prompt I saw in a magazine.
Karla: That’s fascinating! My current work in progress actually originated as a short story. I love when that happens. Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
Tom: Tough call. I think the one I have the most fun writing is the serial killer, Ryder (Levi) Talbot. I’m not sure what that says about me though. But I think my favorite is probably Maggie Keeley, Jacob’s partner. She has some quirks that are based on my wife, and I’m a sucker for a strong female character.
Karla: I love that! How did you name your characters?
Tom: Not well, apparently. They’ve gone through several name changes so far!
Karla: Are the characters based on people you know?
Tom: I use a few mannerisms from different people I know, but nothing too specific. I intentionally stayed away from tying any character to someone I know. Except the serial killer. You know who you are.
Karla: What is your favorite scene in the book?
Tom: I can’t tell you, because it’ll ruin it. I can say that while I was writing it, I kept flashing back to one of my favorite scenes in the original Indiana Jones movie.
Karla: That’s funny. What a lot of people won’t know when reading this book is how naturally funny you are. If they read your blog, they’ll pick up on that. I hope you write a humorous book soon. But tell me, why Christian fiction?
Tom: I don’t want to put anything out that wouldn’t be pleasing to the Lord. If I have any talent in writing, it’s from Him.
Karla: Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Tom: I’m a big hockey fan (Go Preds!), which oddly enough is pretty rare in a southern farming community. Who knew? My wife and I like to spend most of our vacation time in the Smoky Mountains, and love riding our Harley there. I’ve also started doing a little woodworking as a hobby. So far I still have all ten fingers.
Karla: Another thing I love about you–Harleys and the Smoky Mountains! (These are a big part of my book, The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots.)
Tom is modest as well as funny, and is a gifted photographer. Be sure to check out his blog to see his photos, too. I am honored he’s given me permission to use them on my Silent Sunday blog posts. (Click on pics to see them in all their splendor.)
Watch for Tom’s book and I’ll keep you posted, too. When it comes out we’ll do another interview. I can hardly wait to see it in print! Write on, Tom! And congratulations on that beautiful granddaughter!
Great interview, Tom and Karla! I enjoy reading about other
writer’s journeys. I have to say there are times I enjoy writing
about my antagonist’s–the meaner, the better, it seems. Hmm . . .
not sure what that says about me either! Something about
human nature . . . I’m definitely thankful to be redeemed.
Thanks for sharing. I look forward to when your book
Hi Kathy. Yep, writing the antagonist can be a blast. A certain-agent-whom-I-shall-not-name kept telling me to make him “creepier.” That probably says more about her than it does me!
Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!
Karla, thanks so much for having me on your blog today! I truly appreciate it. And I love the look of your new site!
It’s a pleasure having you here. So glad God allowed our paths to cross. Love your work!
They might as well go. I believe everyone else in Detroit already left.
Great interview! I love clean suspense, and I’m finding so does my 13 year old–along with action! But it’s hard to find him good books to read. You think this one is okay for that age, or is it aimed strictly toward adults?
Hi Susan! The book is geared toward adults. While nothing overly graphic, it’s probably a bit more than you’d want your son to read. Of course, once you’ve read it for yourself you can decide!
Susan, I’d say Tom’s stuff is a little too edgy for kids under 16 or even 18. If you like to be creeped out, you’ll love it. It’s not my normal genre, but he writes it sooooo well! Thanks for stopping by today!
Love the interview. Yes, Tom, you are quite humorous. And talented. Just from the interview, I can see how you make a scene come alive with your words. I wish you all the best with your upcoming novel. Thanks, Karla, for posting this. 🙂
Hi Linda. Thanks so much for your kind words!
Thanks for reading, Linda! You’re going to love Tom’s book!
Go, Tom, go! Blessings to you fellow Sop writer. Funny, when I first read this I read sweat-of-the-pants…which really, iti is.
Great interview, Karla.
Hi Elaine. I was determined that my second novel was going to be a bit more planned and organized. Umm… not happening. I wrote the first chapter and the rest of the novel will (hopefully) grow from there!
LOL, Elaine, sweat of the pants is brilliant and tells it like it is!
What a fun interview Tom and Karla. I enjoyed hearing more about you Tom. Every success as you anticipate seeing your “print baby” come to life.
Thanks Janet! My “print baby” has taken a backseat to that little girl you see pictured above!
Thanks for stopping by today, Janet! How lovely to have you!
Really looking forward to reading this one. I’m sure the sense of humor is going to slip through the cracks in places. But redemptive? Yeah. That’s why we write ’em and that’s why we read ’em. Love that measuring stick.
Thanks Davalynn! Yep, there’s some humor in there (I hope). Some of the banter between the two FBI agents is pretty similar to discussions my wife and I have. 🙂
Thanks for reading, Davalynn. You won’t be disappointed in this book!
Go, Tom! I can’t wait for your book to come out!
Hi Cathy! Hope you guys are doing well. I can’t wait either!
I can hardly wait, either, Cathy!