Something crunched beneath me, breaking my fall, and when I extended my arms, pressing my palms against the floor, I felt that same “something” against my back stabilizing me as I lifted my shoulders and scrambled upright. I inspected these additional appendages, turning first left and then right. Oh, my God! This is unreal! I was draped in a soft, flowing gown of pure white, and two of the most beautiful things I had ever seen extended majestically from my shoulder blades in a graceful arch. They were wings actually, honest to goodness, angel’s wings. And although I had trouble controlling them at first, within minutes of flexing, rotating, and rolling my shoulders in every direction, I could not only expand and contract them, folding them compactly against my back, but I could also flap them like a magical bird.
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About Karri Thompson
As a first-time author, I cannot express- not even in words- how excited I am about the release of my debut novel, Amateur Angel. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. There were many disappointments and rejections along the way, but in the end, my persistence and determination eventually paid off. In many ways, I think writing a novel is easier than finding an agent to represent it and then a publisher to buy it. Two years ago, I almost gave up on my dream to become an author, but then my son, Kyle, wrote a special poem for me, and it inspired me to write a new book and try again. The new book was Amateur Angel.
Here is his poem:
You fail and you fail,
You fix and you fix,
You wait and you wait,
Until you succeed.
I hung this poem in my closet and read it every day when I was getting ready to go to work and each night before I went to bed. It is still there and always will be. I know what I’m about to say will sound like a cliché, but based on my own personal experience, the best advice I can give anyone is to always believe in your abilities, hold your head high, swallow your pride, accept criticism and then learn from it, and most importantly, never give up.
I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I am a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, our son, and two dogs.
Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield– I promise. If you are one of my students, you are either laughing or shaking your head at this.
I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s soccer games, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.
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