BrownstoneIn 1995, a long, long time ago when Star Wars was the latest cinema rage, I started to pen my first novel called A Brownstone in Brooklyn. I wanted to write a novel and see could I actually put together a storyline that would interest readers…I wanted just one story published and see it in book form.

Well, I worked long and hard with a few disturbing ups and downs, including bad agents and negative comments and thoughtless critical people trying to keep a wonderful theme and book buried in the files of unpublished books.

I labored.

I fought against the temptation of quitting.

I kept working and finally came up with a thesis or main idea for the book that was spawned out of my high school and early City College years in New York City: A Brownstone In Brooklyn chronicles the life-altering events that shape the future of Andy Michael Pilgrim, a young man growing up in the turbulent sixties.

Once I got the main idea, then it was many long nights writing. I remember one evening starting to write at 11:00 pm, I’m really a night writer, and working until 4:00 am. That would be good, but I’m a high school teacher and I had to be up at 5:30am and teach seventy juniors and senior high school English all day. That was a long, long day but I kept thinking about the 3,000 plus words I wrote and the wonderful character, Sister Love, that came into existence.

Tonight, I’m sitting at my typewriter on this rainy evening in Atlanta, Georgia, I mean computer (smile). I was using a typewriter in the early nineties, and thinking A Brownstone in Brooklyn will celebrate its’ 15th year of publication in late summer of 2016. That’s right, the book was published in 2001.

I started in 1995 and finished writing the book in late 1999. After editing and many disappoints, including finding a publisher, God Blessed me in 2001 to see the book in print. When the book arrived at my apartment, I ripped open the box and felt the smooth book cover and shed a tear.

One of the greatest thrills of my life was that my mother, Goldie Parks, read Brownstone and one of my greatest fans, Frances Grieff, an English teacher enjoyed my novels before leaving this earth.

I know I have two fans still pulling for me in heaven!

It’s been a long journey, but I’m still enthusiastic about writing and look forward writing many more novels.

Now, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, is on the shelves of Barnes & Nobles brick and mortar stores and on the shelves of public libraries from Chicago to Atlanta.

I want to share with you what has kept me going, from 1995 until today, as I pen my fifth novel, Stormy Winds:

“Keep Writing,

Keep Believing,

And never give up on your dreams!”

Happy Writing and God Bless you!

J. E. Thompson


phillydraftebookBy
DENNIS DE ROSE “DETERMINED D”
This review is from: Philly Style And Philly Profile (Paperback)
This is the second of the Andy Pilgrim trilogy.While the title does not try to explain the book,that was the author`s intent.The title refers to something special specific to the city of Philadelphia only. You have to read the book very carefully to understand what Julius is trying to say. He is being pervasive on purpose. This second book leads into the final of the trilogy, “Ghost of Atlanta”

“Philly Style, Philly Profile” takes place in the 70’s.Andy, a black man, works for the Philly Bulletin.He is immediately confronted by one of the many problems that black men had to deal with then and now…RACISM.That`s just one central issue. Added, we find out that he is slated to cover high school sports and we are immediately introduced to 2 more very dangerous threats…DRUGS and GANGS.

Andy gets caught up deeply in this mix when he befriends Carl, an up and coming basketball player whose getting ready to go off to college in just a few days. I won`t spoil the story for you but I will say that it`s extremely fast paced and relevant for the times. Of course all cities big and small sadly still face these same issues.

You will read this and, once you do, you`ll want to continue the saga in “Ghost of Atlanta”.I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and mention the fantastic editing in this super story. I read this, looking for mistakes and I found very few. My hat`s off to Julius’ editor, Moneysaver Editing. Keep writing Julius, great job!

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Philly Style
By Steven C. Thedford
Format: Paperback
Too often on the news we hear of African American males who have succumb to violence and drugs. After a while, we do not care why, we just hope and pray that we are not caught in the crossfire. However, in Philly Style and Philly Profile Thompson does not let us ignore them, as society would like to. Moreover, he introduces the reader to some of these young men and their fears, hopes, desires, and beliefs. Even though the story takes place in the seventies, Philly Style and Philly Profile occurs every night in America
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Philly Style And Philly Profile
By Alberto Romero
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is another remarkable novel by Julius Thompson. In Philly Style and Philly Profile he takes the reader through the streets of the City of Brotherly Love and shows us, with engaging and touching down-to-earth prose, the good and evil, the hate and love in the lives of hostile and violent young people, some of whom are saved thanks to the constant help of dedicated community counselors. A troubled side of the great city of Philadelphia, portrayed vividly by a brilliant storyteller.

A. Romero
Snellville, GA


BrownstoneI know Those People!!!

By J. Squires

The greatest compliment one can pay the author of his memoirs is: “I know those people! I really do!” While reading this novel, I feel privileged to sit at the table beside Andy (Mr. Julius Thompson) while his mama, Golda, dishes out a sumptuous ~ though modest ~ feast.

My hand is in Andy’s. My other hand is in Andy’s Step-father’s (Marvs) strong, black hand while, following his example, we bow our heads, and feel his love and his deep and unshakable faith as he leads us in grace. Mr. Julius Thompson takes us on a literary journey through the tempestuous sixties.

His main character, Andy Michael Pilgrim, has a dream ~ a dream in an environment and generation that could easily crush a less enduring black man’s dreams. With riots and death all around him, Andy persists in the pursuit of his dream. With the love of his life, Leslie, beside him, Golda’s love (leaning heavily on him, sometimes, as a mother’s love will tend to do), Marvs’ guidance and love giving him direction, and a whole wacky cast of lovable characters ~ his extended family ~ urging him on, Andy moves relentlessly forward, overcoming towering obstacles, until his dream is realized…
Yes, I know those people. I love those people. And, thanks to Julius Thompson and his book, “A Brownstone In Brooklyn,” you’ll find youself knowing and loving them, too.

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By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
A Brownstone in Brooklyn chronicles a short but critical portion of the life of Andy Michael Pilgrim. Andy has grown up in a Brownstone on Gates Avenue in Brooklyn and all of its residents have contributed to his upbringing. However, this book takes place during a turbulent time in American history. The civil rights movement seems to be taking a more violent turn, and young men across the nation are being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War…
The lively cast of characters keep this novel fresh and entertaining while the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. Thompson does a wonderful job highlighting how people’s lives are influenced by the types of choices they make. He also highlights how much one person’s actions can impact the lives of others in meaningful ways. The book started out a little slow, but gradually picked up momentum. I would have liked a bit more character development for Andy’s character earlier in the book. In the early parts of the book I felt like I was reading about his day to day life without enough background to really care about his character, but by the end I felt like I knew him well. A Brownstone in Brooklyn is an enjoyable read that truly demonstrates that it takes a village to raise a child.

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A Sentimental History Lesson
By Amazon Customer
Format: Hardcover
In “A Brownstone In Brooklyn,” Mr. Julius Thompson paints a picture of life in Brooklyn during the turbulent 60’s. It’s the story of how good people can be oppressed and held down for so long that they must resort to “any means necessary” to overcome, and how one’s family is not always defined by a blood line. It’s also the story of how one such extended family bands together to raise an extraordinary young man, our main character, Andy Michael Pilgrim. Mr. Thompson shows us what life was like for a young man during the Vietnam War as the Civil Rights Movement took a sudden violent turn after the death of Dr. King, and how many young men, without the love given to Andy by his extended family, didn’t make it. This is an excellent story, and an excellent lesson, that I highly recommend for readers of all ages.


LibraryWhen I was a student at Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, New York, I would visit the local public library and stare at the books and plays on the bookshelves.
I daydreamed!
I read the titles of books by famous authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald ( The Great Gatsby) , William Golding (Lord of the Flies) , Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and the plays of William Shakespeare and other great writers.
I thought one day I will write books then go to the library, look up and see my published novels on the shelves with those Titans of Literature. Am I one of those? “No!”, but I can see my novels on the bookshelves along side some great novels.
Well, God has Blessed me and now I have A Brownstone In Brooklyn and Philly Style and Philly Profile on the library bookshelves in major cities from Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
When I was scanning the internet and I saw my book was in the Atlanta Public Library System, I decided to visit downtown Atlanta and see my novel on the shelves. What really got me excited was seeing my books were being checked out by readers. Wow!
Now, with national the award winning The Ghost of Atlanta and A Brownstone in Brooklyn on the shelves of the Barnes & Nobles brick and mortar stores I’ve come a long way as a recognized author. I thank God for his many Blessings.
If you live near one of the library branches, please walk into the library and check out one of my books…it’s FREE!

Chicago Library System:
http://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/search?&t=smart&search_category=keyword&q=A%20Brownstone%20in%20Brooklyn%20by%20Julius%20Thompson

Free Library of Philadelphia: Six Libraries from Northeast Philly to West Philly
http://know.freelibrary.org/vufind/Record/1728303

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System: The main research library on Auburn Avenue and other branches:
http://afpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=A+Brownstone+in+Brooklyn&te=ILS

Dekalb County Library System (Georgia): Four libraries
http://dekalb.ipac.sirsidynix.net/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=L4Y5517855X90.28751&profile=dcpl&source=~!production&view=subscriptionsummary&uri=full=3100001~!672102~!0&ri=1&aspect=subtab22&menu=search&ipp=20&spp=20&staffonly=&term=A+Brownstone+in+Brooklyn&index=.GW&uindex=&aspect=subtab22&menu=search&ri=1

Gwinnett County System (Georgia): Two Libraries
http://gwinnett.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&type=Keyword&term=Philly%20Style%20and%20Philly%20Profile&by=KW&sort=MP&limit=TOM=*&query=&page=0&searchid=1

Georgia Pines Library System: Two Libraries.
http://gapines.org/eg/opac/record/2324839?query=A%20Brownstone%20in%20Brooklyn;qtype=keyword;locg=1


  Prologue 

phillydraftebookWalter Chandler’s legs pumped like automobile-engine pistons as he dodged the occasional newspaper stand with the owner holding out the late afternoon copy of The Philadelphia Bulletin. This was one of the obstacles Walter faced as he sprinted the length of the 69th Street elevated subway station. He skirted past this obstruction like he did when he won the Championship of America hurdles race at the Penn Relays track and field carnival.

He squinted in the glare of the late-afternoon sun that streamed through the spaces between the iron beams, supporting the platform. Walter dodged groups of people getting on and off regular scheduled El trains coming from Center City, the heart of downtown, Philadelphia.

Walter reached the stairs to the concourse and then the long corridor that led to the platform of the high-speed line that carried commuters to Norristown, a small town on the western side of Philadelphia. Norristown was situated in the direction of the state capitol of Harrisburg.

Walter evaded two old ladies who were not watching what was going on around them. He peered down the passageway, saw the 4:09 train and picked up speed. His thoughts raced faster than his feet. ‘If I don’t hustle, I won’t reach the train. I can’t be late.’

His forearm knocked open one of the swinging doors; he put on a burst of speed that would make Olympian Carl Lewis blush with envy. Walter smiled as he stepped through the train doors and sat down on the black plastic seat. Breathing hard, he closed his eyes for a few moments. He opened them and saw every seat taken except for a few near the front of the car.

He heard the conductor yell through the window,” Pull outta here.” The high-speed line car jerked forward, eased out of the 69th Street terminal and headed to Norristown.

Walter endured the 30-minute commute, knowing that when he stepped off the train, a phase of his life would end. When he got the telephone message, he was suspicious, but he knew he had to go to Norristown or he wouldn’t find any inner-peace.

He got off the train and walked the three blocks to the First Pennsylvania Bank on McArthur Road. Inside the bank, he headed for the

safe deposit boxes. Walter put the letter in the box, closed it, locked it, and smiled at the bank teller who gave him the lock-box key. He walked away from the vault area of the bank toward the front entrance.

Walter had a few minutes before the meeting. When it was over he’d sprint to catch the high-speed line train for the return trip to the 69th Street Market elevated station.

After catching the elevated subway to West Philadelphia, he’d relax for the rest of the day. He might even jog over to Franklin Field, near Spruce Street, in West Philly and get in a few laps around the track he’d made famous, five-years ago, on a warm spring day. He laughed as he pushed the revolving door.

Walter stepped out of the bank door. He stared straight ahead, across the street, to the pawnshop that had the black and orange sign that advertised discount prices on gold, silver and electronic equipment. The lock-box key felt good in the palm of his hands. He didn’t see the Deuce& and a Quarter Oldsmobile.

Walter’s foot touched the pavement. The car bumper sent his body rolling back onto the sidewalk. The force of the car knocked the lock-box

key and it made a jingling noise as it bounced off the sidewalk curb and into the gutter.

His body rested against the steps of the bank.

Spectators gathered.

Walter looked up and then closed his eyes as the late-afternoon sunlight washed his lifeless body.

( Please click on the link to listen to the audio version of  the prologue)


2011gold[1]Successful twenty-first century authors have three lifestyle components: Passion, Organization, and Uniqueness.
Passion: Successful authors love their craft!
They delve into the storyline with abandon. They make time to write and know their most creative time of the day. This is different for each author.
I know of a writer who sneaks out of bed at four a.m. and writes until six a.m. and then returns to bed and the warmth of their spouse.
In the space between daily tasks writers will find a time to write. I’m a high school teacher and sometimes, in the six minutes between classes, I will have a pencil and pad in the hallway and in between yelling “Get to Class!” I write a few lines for an upcoming manuscript.
Later, after the closing school bells sounds, I expand on the idea and thought and make it into something that is readable. You write when you can!
The health of a writer’s soul must be nurtured and developed.
Successful authors find the time to write and creating that “next” new and exciting scene in their novel.
Organization: Successful writers…Write!
They write story lines. They write chapters. They outline. They jot down notes for the book. They are on schedule with dates of submissions and deadlines jostling their brain cells.
Successful writers use technology. From pen and paper, Dictionary.com accounts, thesaurus, the smart authors have everything at arm’s length at their writing station.
They write!
I’m an author who uses his android to keep a schedule of his writing. I have the chapters organized with one and two notes on what I want to accomplish in the writing of that particular chapter.
I have two folders:
***One folder with all the chapters listed and the particular notes, setting and dialogue that fits that particular moment in the novel.
I have another folder for the entire novel. When I finish a chapter in one folder, I copy/paste that chapter into the folder for the entire novel. As the chapters build, I can see the word count and get a flow for the storyline.
These two folders give me the opportunity and freedom to work in one folder and keep a completed version in another folder.
For Example:
Folder One: Each individual chapter word document is listed 1-to 50 with all the incomplete chapters.

Folder Two
: The entire novel. As I complete a chapter, I add that chapter building the first draft.
Right now, I’m up to Chapter Three in Chasing the Wind!
Uniqueness: Successful writers have their own voice, pacing, and storyline.
They are not robots.
They do not write in the trendy categories, popular genres or alter themes to suit the masses.
Unique writers write how they feel and the story they want to tell.
They are creative.
Despite our reasons for pulling the chair into a comfortable position in front of a computer and write, we measure success by finishing what we start!
Remember:
“Keep Writing…Keep Believing…Never Give Up On Your Dreams”


J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

Novel writing is demanding!
The novel writing process incorporates elements that must be blended and mastered to create a successful novel. I’ve developed a series of articles that will help you unit these diverse elements together and craft that prize winning book.
Once mastered, your readers will know where they are with a setting that has a unique sense of place, populated with a carnival of characters that are believable and invites the reader’s empathy as they face perilous situations, and descriptions that are loaded with specific and vivid details. There are other elements like Point of view and Sub-Plots that are also discussed in separate articles.
The information in these articles helped me construct four novels: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the national award winning The Ghost of Atlanta and Phantoms of Rockwood. Now, I’m still using this information as I construct my fifth novel, Stormy Winds.
Elements of Writing Series: Please click to read the entire series: Point of View, Description, Setting, Sub-Plots and Building Dynamic Characters:
http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?AuthorID=138087
Biography: Mr. Thompson is a former Creative Writing Instructor at Evening at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a National Award Winning Author. Mr. Thompson’s third novel, The Ghost of Atlanta, is a 2011 Gold Medal winning National Award Winner that was recognized by Readers Favorite.


Phantoms of Rockwood E-Book Cover2Award winning National Blogger Cheryl Holloway named me “One of 10 Interesting Writers Who Think outside the box in 2014 “:http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/12/30/cheryl-holloway-10-interesting-writers-who-think-outside-the-box-in-2014


In The Ghost of Atlanta, Andy Michael Pilgrim faces demons from his youth that haunted his life. These are the ghosts in the crawl spaces of his life; some are real and some supernatural.

Blank white book w/path After landing a job with The Atlanta Defender, Andy returns home and visits the place where he finally faces remembrances of his deceased abusive father. While walking around the grounds, he meets his mysterious cousin, Joe Boy, and finds out that the property is going to be sold by unscrupulous cousins.

While Andy fights this battle, he must confront the personal demon of a possible drug addiction, breaking the color barrier at the south’s largest newspaper, The Atlanta Defender, meeting his old girl friend and fighting the lingering effects of segregation in small-town Georgia life.

As the story unwinds, all these forces push Andy toward the breaking point, where he almost quits on life. Malevolent mortal deeds are committed and Andy could be next in line.

“The Ghost of Atlanta” is, overall, a superbly written book. 5 stars!~Readers Favorite

Please read more about The Ghost of Atlanta and click on the link to purchase!


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