Local author S. Hilbre Thomson uses New England as the backdrop for her debut thriller
Whatever their passions or interests be, many people can relate to the feeling of having something brewing inside that they know or hope will eventually take shape in the real world.
For Sue Thomson, mother, wife and local teacher, that passion came in the form of a draft book that she carried with her for years, both figuratively and literally. Thomson began working on the project before she married, over the years had three children and together with her husband found herself busy raising them in addition to teaching at primary school level. But she always came back to the book one way or another, working on it here, thinking about it there. It never really left her.
Years later, her children had grown up, and Thomson decided to take the opportunity and, with the encouragement of her family, gave it her all in draft, developing it fully into the book she always thought it could be. . The text made its way to The Wild Rose Press, and Thomson found herself with a book deal, a publisher, and before too long a real, living book in her hands. This is in no way to trivialize the amount of work required to complete, let alone successfully publish, a book. Many writers might agree that the end of the writing is where the hardest work begins.
Without giving away too much of the plot, Trevorpublished in March, is written under Thomson’s pseudonym, S. Hilbre Thomson (Hilbre is a surname that honors Thomson’s mother). Trevor is the gripping story of a father grappling with the aftermath of the death of his wife and son. The story goes up several notches when he meets his dead son’s look-alike, Trevor Reed.
The story is as touching as it is exciting, with twists that will be especially entertaining for locals who recognize much of the local landscape from the book, including suburban Boston and New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, where Thomson likes to pass. time with his family.
Thomson says being able to dedicate time and work on character development in Trevor was something she really loved. “Being able to create a fictional character, whether it was the protagonist or the antagonist, that was awesome. Being able to make this antagonist really likable in some ways” was an important part of the plot and an opportunity she relished. , “being able to create drama and tension, and including places that mean something to me personally” are all elements of Trevor that Thomson cherishes.
Thomson has always been an avid reader, and having the chance to connect with local bookstores not only as a patron but also as an author is exhilarating. Thomson is excited about the connections it continues to make with local bookstores and the opportunities they provide to showcase Trevor during meetings with local authors, readings, etc.
In discussing with Thomson about Trevor it is not difficult to consider her as the protagonist of her own story. He’s someone you want to succeed.
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