Timothy Glass – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Fiction: Postcards by Timothy Glass writing as T. Faron

For eight months the signed divorce papers lay untouched. Unable to deal with the divorce, Sara Ketcham heads off to a quaint little coastal town in New England with her dog, Molly. She meets Ryan Spencer, a mysterious man who intrigues her. Postcards is a romantic journey of renewal, love and trust, the second time around.

Tell us something about yourself.

Timothy Glass was born in Pennsylvania, but he moved to the southwest with his family as a child. Tim graduated from the University of New Mexico. He spent some time in New England before moving back to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he now resides.

More than 300 of his nonfiction articles have been published both nationally and internationally. He is the author of Just This Side Of Heaven, and is currently working on several writing projects, including the popular Sleepytown Beagles series. He is also a staff writer for a global monthly newsletter put out by OurDogHouse.com. Tim is also working on a nonfiction book titled, Until The End of Time, and an animated screenplay titled, Hero. Tim enjoys the company of his wife, Cathy, and his tri-colored beagles. He also enjoys hiking, weight training, and woodworking. He is a member of the Author’s Guild of America, Author’s League of America, and past member of IEEE Computer Society.

What inspired you to write this book?

Just like my non-fiction book, Just This Side Of Heaven, it wasn’t a choice of should I write this title, it was more I felt the need to write it. When I worked as a journalist, I was offered an assignment in the Middle East as an embedded reporter. After initially accepting, I later turned it down for personal reasons. It has always been a missing link in my journalistic career and I deeply regret not accepting the assignment. Nevertheless, my main character has, in many ways, completed this journey for me.

Postcards is my 6th book. I got the idea shortly before finishing Just This Side of Heaven. The only thing I can say is when an idea begins to formulate within my mind and the characters become three dimensional, I have to write it!

Honestly, I truly feel to be an author is a gift and so are the ideas I am blessed with.

Why did you choose your publisher?

The relationship with a publisher is based a lot on trust. Oh, I know there are contracts but I am an author first and foremost. I do not understand most of the legal verbiage. Nonetheless, trusting the person to be able to guide you through the development phases of a book from start to finish is extremely important.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was a senior in high school, my English Lit teacher told me someday you will be a writer. At the time, I just laughed it off. Nonetheless, during my days at UNM as a Computer Science major with a minor in Business Economics, I found myself always buying books on how to write. My logical mind pushed the notion of ever being a writer aside. My heart and passion for writing finally took over and it is simply something I love to do.

How did you get started?

I started my writing career as a journalist under the pen name of C. Stewart. More than 300 of my nonfiction articles have been published nationally and internationally for the health and fitness industry. In the summer of 1991, one article, “The Heat is On,” was attributed to saving a life when a young California runner collapsed from heat stress. Shortly before the incident, the runner’s partner had read the article and attended to his partner until the EMT’s arrived. The emergency medical crew believed that the partner’s keen knowledge of what to do in the event of heat stress saved the young runner’s life.

In addition, I founded and wrote the “Crime Watch” column for the Better Business Bureau of New Mexico. I was also the editor for eBroadcastNews, a publication on computer and Internet security.

I worked as a freelance journalist for “It’s a Wrap” magazine, a New Mexico entertainment quarterly, until the magazine’s retirement in the late 1990s, and was a regular contributing writer for several New York based magazines.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Because I love to write, nothing really. I am one author who does not believe in the term “writer’s block.” I’ll be the first to admit that I can write myself into a corner. However, I make myself exercise when I need time away from the manuscript. I set daily and weekly goals, and when I am not writing, I am thinking about that next beat in the story.

What do you believe is the greatest reward of writing?

Throughout my writing career, people’s lives have been touched by what I’ve written. An example is my 5th book, Just This Side of Heaven. There can be no greater benefit to to me as an author than to know something I wrote about changed a life. Here are just a few examples:

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the interview. My husband passed away 4 yrs. ago today, July 15th, from cancer. I really liked what you said about the dash. It is more important to focus on his life, than his death. He was an incredible person. I know he is in my future. Thanks for the encouraging talk.
Janice Hegamyer, Collegedale, TN

For two years, I was unable to deal with the death of my son. I heard you on the radio speaking about your book and purchased it. I honestly do not understand how something so small that you wrote and talked about could make such a difference in my life, but it has. The Dash was what I was missing. Thank you for helping me to understand how important it is to celebrate the life that I miss and not focus on the death.
K. Johnson, Salinas, CA

How do you do research for your books?

I have been known to try, use or do whatever it is I am writing about. My guess is if I was an actor, one might say I was a “method actor.” So for me, what works best is “method writing.” I want to know as much as humanly possible about what it is I am writing about. Therefore, I will dig as deep into a character’s life or subject as I can.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I read anything! In fact, I had a friend who once said if she sat a cereal box in front of me, I would read it. Therefore, my personal library is filled with many genres and many authors. Some of my favorite authors are:

Paul Gray
Gary Provost
Joseph Wambaugh
Nelson DeMille
Dan Brown
Malcolm Gladwell
Michael Shaara
Jeff Shaara

Are you working on your next book?

Yes, I always have several projects on my desk, not just one.

What can you tell us about it?

It is a non-fiction book titled Until The End of Time, and another book in the Sleepytown Beagle series. I have also been working on a children’s animated screenplay called Hero.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Create a place and time to do your writing each day. I have found early in the morning is my best time to create; later in the day I do rewrites.

One of the worst things a young writer can do is to say someday, I’ll write. Follow your dream and heart. Start writing and never stop.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I do a lot of radio shows and talks. I try to connect with my readers and make myself available to them as much as possible.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Timothy-Glass/146746625258?ref=ts
Twitter: http://twitter.com/timothyglass/
Amazon (Timothy Glass)
Amazon (T. Faron)

Comments

  1. Shirley Drissel says

    Tim’s Sleepytown Beagle series is great for kids of any age. I enjoy reading them with my grandchildren.
    Just this Side of Heaven helped us to deal with the passing of Paul’s sister. Tim suggested we go back & read about The Dash & we have been sharing that with people who are dealing with death.
    Both Just this Side of Heaven & Postcards pull you right into the story. Can’t wait to read more of Tim’s books.

  2. Linda Bulger says

    A friend who knows what I love in books recommended “Just This Side of Heaven” to me and I was pulled right in by Tim’s great compassionate heart and wonderful writing. “Postcards,” again, took me into a world where love and strength of character shape the story. The world needs more books from Tim Glass.