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TR: Good morning, Tim…thanks for dropping by.
TW: Good morning, Thomas. Thanks so much for offering to interview me. I appreciate your blog and am happy to be part of it.
TR: So, let’s get this rolling. How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
TW: I was seventeen, a senior in high school that knew everything there was to know about nothing.
TR: What was it, and in what genre?
TW: Actually it was music, a folk-rock piece titled My Fortress.
TR: What made you write it?
TW: My family was very musical, and some of it must have rubbed off on me. I think I was inspired by songwriters of the time, and poets that I studied in school. Coleridge’s Kubla Khan impressed me so much that I imitated him.
TR: What have you written since then?
TW: I majored in music after I got out of the army, and wrote songs for years. The music career never panned out, and I quit writing altogether for decades. For some strange reason I started writing again, began working on a novel. It took about four years to finish, but The Valley Walker was published in April of this year.
TR: What was the inspiration for your current book?
TW: Life in general is an inspiration, I think. Places I’ve been and things I’ve seen, people I’ve met and worked with, books and movies and music. It all works together.
TR: Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available.
TW: Well, The Valley Walker is a mystical tale about a Vietnam veteran’s quest for redemption and justice. That story line is interlaced with the efforts of a special task force to stop the sale of heroin to American college students. It’s available right now as an EBook for the Kindle at Amazon.
TR: Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
TW: Not really. The raw kernel of an idea can come from just about anything. It just comes, and I jot it down. I dig into it, doing some research and chewing on it and thinking about how it could work in a story. Then comes the fun part, just running with it.
TR: What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
TW: I don’t know if anyone ever read the query letters I sent out, but nobody asked to read the book… or even part of it. I was pretty much dead in the water when a few people started doing well at self-publishing and it made the news. I heard about it, looked into how it was done, and decided to give it a try.
TR: If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
TW: To me, it’s a good story and good writing that gains you readers, and the best place to showcase that is in a blog. But please don’t make any major decisions based on that statement. I’m such a noob at this that I’m still trying to figure out where the bathrooms are.
TR: What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
TW: I don’t know that I would classify anything I’ve done as a mistake, or even a missed step. I’m still learning, bumping into things and knocking them over, but I’m meeting a lot of great people and having a pretty good time doing it. I do think that it’s a good idea for an author wanting to enter the literary world to learn as much as they can about the craft and the business before they jump in.
TR: Do you have an idea for your next book?
TW: I’ve just about completed the first draft on the next one, but have stepped back to learn as much as I can about the writing craft before I continue.
TR: Thank you, Tim. And there you have it folks. If you would like to follow Tim’s blog, you can find it here:
Drop by tomorrow, when I interview Patsy Collins with her new book, “Escape to the Country“!
Great interview =)
Thanks, Kelly 🙂
Thomas, these are great interviews.. r the common threads that run through the experiences of most indies is great ! cheers, well done, TW 😉
Thank you, kind sir…having fun over here!
You’re a true gentleman, Thomas.
I’m not sure about that, TW…but thanks…I do know you’ve got a dozen views so far…
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Very interesting that your creative streak has its origins in music, where the heart and soul are expressed in both word (your talent for lyrics) and action (via instrument). I imagine there are many songs and stories yet to come from you, T.W.
Sometimes I found myself thinking about crescendos and dissonance. 🙂 I’m hoping there is much more to come too, Jaye.
Nice piece. Thanks
Thank you, Phil…I appreciate that…
Good interview, Thomas. Thanks for interviewing, Tim. He’s a good man.
Thanks Stan…I appreciate your visit..and yes, I’ll agree with you…Tim is good people…
Your work sounds very intriguing, TW. Best of luck with it. Nice interview too.
Intriguing? 🙂 Thanks. It was great of Thomas to have me.
Good interview. It’s nice to learn a few more things about Tim. I’ve already read the book and thought it was great.
Thank you Maddie. I have it on my list of books to read, and can hopefully get to it soon. I like Tim a lot…
Awesome work, Thomas! I’ve been waiting to get a decent look at the inner workings of Tim’s brain. 😉
Thank you! But careful what you ask for 🙂
So true that! 😉
You are very generous in posting the interviews. Great idea, interesting reading.
Thank you sir…I appreciate your visit and your feedback…you’re welcome any time 🙂
Warm Regards, Thomas
Elroy is a kind and gracious lady, with a VERY deceiving handle. I’m pretty sure it’s on purpose, but who can really tell?
Hi Thomas, I already follow Tim so came over from his blog to read this – love that you’re interviewing authors – thank you !! 🙂
And thank you for paying me a visit. I get a lot of gratification from helping other authors get their name out. I was met with nothing but grace and smiles when I came onto the scene this spring, so I’m just trying to give back. I see you read my teaser of The Clearing. Any thoughts?
Looking forward to reading the whole book 🙂 Will it be on kindle?
Oh, yes. It will be on kindle, and POD in paperback…on Amazon, Amazon UK, and Amazon Canada….I”m happy you want to read it….the announcement will be posted on my site for the launch….thanks for the reinforcement 🙂
Will be ready 🙂