Khaiah Thomson

Headshot of author of Welcome to Blackwood series, Khaiah Thomson.

Author Khaiah Thomson pens the Welcome to Blackwood (Young Adult, Paranormal Fiction) series. The first book in the series, titled Welcome to Blackwood, won the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize in 2020 and went on to become the publisher’s flagship YA presence in the marketplace.

Khaiah’s Books:

  • Welcome to Blackwood – Young Adult, Paranormal fiction – book 1 in a 3-book series.
  • Leaving Blackwood – coming soon.
  • Redeeming Blackwood – in production.

Up Close and Personal with Author Khaiah Thomson

What do you love about this photo?

Roy playing on the beach at Augusta, Western Australia, just after dolphins had come right into shore to say hello.

This is the estuary in Augusta, WA. I love how it changes every season. The beach is my happy place, and this photo in particular brings back good memories. It was dusk on a summer’s evening and still warm enough to swim, my oldest boy was having a great time splashing in the water. And we’d just been visited by dolphins who came right in to shore (they were an arm’s length away and very curious)—the perfect ending to a day.

What is your professional background?

I’ve been creating stories since I was a kid (in my own head anyway), but for many years my day job has been Social Work. It’s a job that has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life; and this inspires the character development in my writing. I’ve met people with life stories that really should be written down. One of my favourites was a man who travelled around the world in a sail boat, with only his pet goat to keep him company (I’ve seen photographic evidence).

Best things about being an author?

Being able to create characters and worlds that live and breathe through words. I love how characters can surprise me. It’s almost like they’re writing the story themselves. There is a book called Myst: The Book of Atrus by Rand Miller that was based on a videogame I played as a teen (It was already retro even then). It’s about a guy who has the ability to create worlds, or create portals to worlds, by writing them into existence in a magic book. To me, this is how it feels to be an author.

Your favourite holiday destination?

The Margaret River region in South-West Australia. I love that it has both beautiful forests and white sandy beaches. Any time I have writer’s block, a trip down south gets me writing again. I love to stop at the Boranup Forest and just sit and listen to the natural world around me. The ‘Welcome to Blackwood’ series is loosely based on the area. The Blackwood River runs through the region, hence the name of the town being ‘Blackwood’. Those of you familiar with the area may pick up the similarities.

Your hobbies?

Books. I’m a binge reader. Discovering the online library app was not healthy for me.

Writing. I never thought I’d be able to say this, but writing is more addictive than reading.

Gaming. Other than reading and writing this is my favourite pastime. I love open world games and action-adventure games. Skyrim is still my all-time favourite game. I wish Bethesda would get their act together and bring out the next elder scrolls saga. I love all the Tomb-Raider games as well. The Last of Us was awesome, but scared the pants off me. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

Your favourite movie?

Seriously, who can pick just one?

I love any good fantasy or sci-fi movie. Lord of the Rings, Marvel movies, Star Wars, Star Trek — Yes please.

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, so I love all movie adaptions based on her novels.

The first Twilight movie. I can watch it over and over again. For a low budget movie, the soundtrack was awesome.

Your favourite book(s)?

This question is as bad as ‘Your favourite movie’. My first favourite is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I discovered it in the school library when I was fourteen, and still read it at least once a year. 

My second favourite book is The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. I’ve always loved Sci-fi movies, but Sci-fi books not so much. This book gave me a new found love for the genre. There are many more books I could name, but what I like in a book, aside from humour and being well-written, is a capable, deadly heroine/hero. 

Your favourite way to spend a Sunday evening?

Movie. Wine. Couch

What drives you to write?

I am driven by the desire to tell a story, and the hope that others will love it as much as I do. Two of my sisters and I have aspirations to publish novels, so part of my drive comes from sibling rivalry— I can officially say that I got published first.

Would you like readers to contact you?

Definitely! I would love to chat with my readers. Please contact me through the contact form on this site. My publisher forwards your emails straight to me.

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