By KATIE STONE | collaborating writer
Tammy D. Thompson started writing novels in 2001 when she published her first book, “Buried, but Not Forgotten.” Originally from Texarkana, Arkansas, she has had a passion for writing since a young age. She started writing poetry when she was a little girl.
“My mom still has a box of poems I wrote,” she said.
She attended college at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, where she met her mentor, Dr. Bob Terry. He mentored her throughout her college career, encouraging her to write and continue to develop her poems into something more.
“I wrote a short poem and he helped me work it out more and it was published in the National Anthology of Literary Poetry in the 1990s,” she said. “It wouldn’t have been posted there if it wasn’t for him.”
He was a driving force behind her writing and her success.
Tammy’s writing journey didn’t start out easy. She struggled to navigate the world of book publishing, self-publishing and where to start.
“I see other authors saying they won’t self-publish, but I’m here to tell you that you need to make a name for yourself before a big publisher publishes your books,” he said. she declared.
Tammy also started helping others with their writing process. She started a group, Gathering of Authors, in April 2010. This group became a “charity promoting literacy to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s and Autism,” according to their Facebook page. The group typically meets in the spring and fall, with 20 to 30 local authors from the Texarkana community and surrounding areas coming together to share their passions and raise funds to support a local cause.
Tammy also works hard to educate others on the importance of book reviews and comments.
“When you buy something online, what’s the first thing you look at? The reviews,” she said. “These are also important for writers. It’s like their report card. It’s so important to leave reviews, even if you didn’t buy the book from that retailer.”
Tammy found herself spending so much time promoting the band and other songwriters that she didn’t have much time to continue writing for herself. She took a break from writing for a few years when she found herself without hope or inspiration for writing.
In 2012, she finally began writing the Dream Mountain series based in Mena, Arkansas. She pulled herself out of the writing depression she was in and wrote a total of four books for the series, finishing the fourth in 2018.
It is important to Tammy that her writing material be healthy and pure.
“None of my writing has bad language,” she said. “I’ve always been proud of this. Who needs this? Why is this necessary? So many books and movies contain this and I think we need something refreshing and more divine. We need something uplifting that will make you smile. We need something more positive to remember.”
In November 2021, Tammy was sitting at her computer when she felt a sudden urge to start typing.
“I just felt like God was talking to me, so I started typing. I wrote almost an entire page when I got a message in my head, ‘Geneva Cross,'” he said. she declared.
Tammy wrote the entire book in 28 days, which she says is the fastest she has ever written. She had no idea what the story would be or where it would go.
“I’m impressed because I don’t think I wrote it. It comes from a special place,” she said. “It’s the fastest book I’ve ever written and it makes so much sense. It has the best story.”
Tammy has already started work on the second book in the series, “Geneva’s Promise”, which should be finished in the spring.
Tammy first met Geneva Nettles at church and now considers her a good friend. She said Geneva is a special woman who doesn’t let anyone or anything stop her from doing what she wants or what is right.
“She works in her garden, she drives people to their appointments and she’s over 80,” Tammy said. “If you meet her or someone like her, then your life will change. Her personality will simply change you for the better.”
Geneva was surprised to learn that she was the inspiration for Tammy’s book.
“You’re not going to write about my life. It’s kind of colorful,” she said. “I don’t see myself as she says, but it really makes me feel good. I’m not a reader myself, but she gave me this manuscript of ‘La Croix de Genève’ and I didn’t could let it go! The way she puts the words together is so good.”
Tammy began hosting book signings and readings around the Texarkana area. His books are available for purchase through Amazon. His most recent work is available for pre-order through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
“As a Christian writer, my goal is to lead people into the light of God and into something positive,” Tammy said. “That’s what the ‘Croix de Genève’ does. It leads you to the light.”
(For more information on Tammy and all of her titles, visit her website at tammydthompson.com.)