This Is Her Story
“A great story starts with characters,” author Alicia Thompson says. “If I have a character that I can really hold on to, that’s a story that I can follow.”
Alicia credits her mom with giving her a flair for shaping stories. “I wanted to be a storyteller ever since I was little because my mom would read books to me when I was a kid,” she explains. “I always thought there was something so magical about there being stories that somebody else had created and then chosen to share with you.” Alicia grew up wanting to do that very same thing, and today, she makes her living as a writer. She’s even co-authored a book series about gymnastics with 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu. Gymnastics is another thing that Alicia really loves, apart from writing. She’s been passionate about the sport ever since she was little—even though she practically can’t even do a somersault!
Alicia writes for many different reasons, and she talks about them in her Storytellers video. As she says, “I think it’s always important for you to share your own story. Even if it’s a story about something that didn’t happen directly to you; it’s something that’s meaningful to you in some way.”
Alicia hopes aspiring writers will carry on the tradition, just as she carries on her mother’s. “There are so many stories out there,” she says, “but you’re the only one who can tell your specific story. I think that if you don’t tell that story, then nobody else will.”