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Charleston Writer Finds Niche with Middle School Mysteries

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  After working for a long time in New York City, our next guest relocated to Charleston, SC and has been having some success as a fiction writer.  In fact, his book The Girl from Felony Bay, a middle school-level mystery novel, was named the Best Children’s Book of 2014 by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association.

Mike Switzer interviews John Thompson, who lives and writes in Charleston, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.