Friday, July 20, 2012

Julius Thompson "Ghost of Atlanta", "Purple Phantoms" and More

Author Julius Thompson
Meet author Julius Thompson at the Decatur Book Festival. He will be a presenter on the Local Prose State at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, speaking on Saturday, September lst, 2012 at 4:45 PM. His talk will last approx twenty minutes and include a brief Q/A session.

Visit Julius Thompson's author page on Amazon and see all his books.

Mr. Thompson’s journey to compose a trilogy began in 1995. The fourteen year fictional journey of character Andy Michael Pilgrim, from Brooklyn to Philadelphia, and finally Atlanta, is now complete. The novels that make up the trilogy are: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, published in 2001; Philly Style and Philly Profile in 2007; and Ghost of Atlanta, in January 2011.

Mr. Thompson won the 2011 Readers Favorite National Gold Medal Award in General Fiction for Ghost of Atlanta. He also received the Georgia Author of the Year nominatin for Philly Style and Philly Profile, from the Georgia Writer’s Association, in 2007, and Ghost of Atlanta in 2011.

Purple Phantoms, Mr. Thompson’s fourth novel, is the story about the haunting of a mythical high school basketball team, published by Passionate Writer Publishing in 2012. Purple Phantoms earns 5-Star Book Review. "Five ghosts - basketball players whose lives were cut short - return to haunt five basketball starters to help them try to win the coveted State Championship."

A fifth novel is currently underway,  Chasing The Wind.

Something no one knows about you!
I was a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin in the seventies and wrote stories about a young high school basketball star named J.B. (Jelly Bean) Bryant. He's the father of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA superstar Kobie Bryant. J.B. was as talented, but grew up in a different era and didnt' receive the recognition like his son.

Writing Tidbit:

Early in a novel create a "Thumbnail Characterization", which is a short passage that introduces a person in the story: 1. Briefly describing the person physically (external); 2. Giving us a quick sense of the person's personality or character (internal); and 3. treating us to a piece of dialogue that reveals something about the character. This is usually  under 90 words and is a great way to introduce the character. It is a quick way to introduce the character to the reader without a lot of backstory.

Why I write:

In my novels, I want the reader to experience places that are filled with hopes, dreams, challenges, and fears that make us human!


Purchase the trilogy. (A Brownstone In Brooklyn, Philly Style, Philly Profile)

Julius Thompson is a Redan High English teacher and instructor at Evening at Emory University.

You Tube Book Interview!

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