Author Interview: Tim Fisher


Tim Fisher’s BIO:

My name is Tim Fisher. I was stupid enough to drop out of high school, but smart enough to continue my education. I served twenty years in the Navy and retired in 1992. I have lived in or visited around 30 foreign countries. My hobbies back then were scuba diving (instructor), karate (instructor), sky diving and flying (private pilot’s license). In 2000 I had my fourth heart attack and a quadruple bypass in which I had a number of strokes. Due to a loss of memory, I had to close my two pain management clinics (I was an N.D.) and find something else to do. That’s when I started writing.

If I ever sell a book that brings in a million dollars, I’m going to move back to Hawaii and live there – I love the place.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW – Tim Fisher

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Tim Fisher: Writing is the only thing I do that brings in any money. My health won’t allow me to do the things I like.

What compelled you to write your first book?

Tim Fisher: I’ve always enjoyed apocalyptic stories. I’ve seen a bunch about the population being wiped out due to a virus, nuclear war, an asteroid and other things. I just wondered what would happen if we lost something as simple as electricity. It was simply to answer the question, “What if?”

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Tim Fisher: No. I became interested after retiring from the military.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about. Pay particular attention to your most recent book and/or your first book:

Tim Fisher: My first one was about the worldwide loss of electricity and is titled Chronicles of Bear I: This Dark Time. Our grandparents or great-grandparents wouldn’t think twice about losing electrical power, but what about people (especially younger people)? Would they know what to do? It’s something we’ve come to rely on for almost everything. Who would rule in the cities? Remember there would be no police cars or radios – the same for the military. Vehicles wouldn’t work, no TV, phones, communications or anything else that relies on electricity. It’s essentially about survival after being thrust back into the seventeen or eighteen hundreds. Because of its length, the second book (Chronicles of Bear II: Rebel’s Revenge) is a continuation of the first. Both can be purchased at Fictionwise.com. I have two others in the early stages and one that should be published within the next month or two. The two incomplete ones are Destiny Island and The Mammatus Effect.

Destiny Island is about four people that become stranded on an island inhabited only by a lighthouse keeper, a malevolent spirit and a elemental. The Mammatus Effect is a military thriller based on the war on terrorism.

Farn continues to follow the characters of the first two. However, the group finds itself in a dangerous paradise populated with strange and deadly creatures. The people there possess various powers and have hidden agendas. This time it’s survival in the primitive paradise of Farn.

Farn has been accepted by Renaissance E Books and all five volumes should be on the editor’s desk this week. It is being done in a serial format reminiscent of the days of Charles Dickens and how Stephen King did with “The Green Mile”. Volume one has already been edited and is ready for publication, the other four will be on their way. They will be for sale at Renaissance E Books and Fictionwise.com.

All of my novels can be found at www.scubadoc51.com.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Tim Fisher: My taste in music varies and I listen to what happens to move me at that particular time. The types usually consist of Country, oldies from the ‘60s, New Age and Classical.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

Tim Fisher: There are times when there is no way to keep a story inside. It’s not that I’ve come up with an idea of some sort, the idea is simply inside me and has to get out. When it gets to that stage, I lose sleep, don’t eat well and constantly think about the concept even if I don’t want to. People get real tired of listening to one train of thought all the time. One time I had a guy ask me, “How’s the writing going? Ya working on anything?” When I said no, he said, “I’m having a party for my wife. Would you like to come?” I found out later that if I was working on a novel, he wouldn’t have mentioned the party.

The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?

Tim Fisher: I’m in some of my characters and so are some of my friends and acquaintances. For me, it’s important to write about what I know. That’s why I have the traits of some of my friends in some of the characters. It’s easier to stay true to the character and story that way.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?

Tim Fisher: I have had two people that have been very influential in my writing. The first is Robert Weinberg. Bob has helped me personally in more ways than I can count. He also did a writing class for the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA). He has been selected as one of two winners for the HWA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and it’s long overdue. His website is http://www.robertweinberg.net/.
The other writer is Gary Braunbeck. Gary took a short story of mine (Shadow Play) and stayed on my back to make me more aware of the rules of writing a short story. He eventually got it publishable. However, due to health issues, I haven’t pushed for publication like I should have. Gary was once the President of the HWA and is still an outstanding writer. His website is http://www.garybraunbeck.com/.

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

Tim Fisher: Nope. I was too busy trying to kill myself with sports and driving fast.

What about now: who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read?

Tim Fisher: Probably either Koontz or King. I really enjoy the Christopher Snow books by Koontz and wish he would finish the next.

Hey, let’s get morbid. When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your book/s and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?

Tim Fisher: I know I left him around here somewhere.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now – city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be?

Tim Fisher: I grew up in a small town in the Texas panhandle named Spearman. (It’s the same small town actor Rex Linn grew up in) It’s in the middle of nowhere and flat as a tabletop. It’s also the kinda place you would want to raise your kids. The crime is almost non-existent and everyone knows everyone else. It’s the perfect place to live and I couldn’t leave there fast enough. I was a kid then.

I now live in the Hill Country of Texas near Austin. The town’s the same, it’s just that the name’s different. A week ago I even found two families from my hometown, Spearman living right here in Lago Vista. It’s a small world.

As for where should I live – I’m there.

Do you have any pets? What are they? Tell us about them.

Tim Fisher: Yup. I have two speed bumps (dogs) named Bo and Dusty. Bo is a white Lab/Sheppard mix and Dusty is a Texas Blue Lacey. I love them both more than I could ever express.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?

Tim Fisher: I am extremely lucky in that I have a bay window on the side of my office that I can look out. I live on a cul-de-sac and many times I get to watch deer eating the food I leave them on the yard. I live in a quiet neighborhood of trees filled with birds. The only problem is when the Mockingbirds get possessive and dive-bomb you. Most of my writing is done in my office and the rest is done on the back deck. Like I said, I’m lucky.

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

Tim Fisher: This Dark Time took five years to do from start to finish. I actually wrote over seven hundred pages at first, but when I started making the rounds with it, I was told to shorten it. After a ton of work, I finally dropped about two hundred pages. I think it finished around two hundred ninety.

Is there anyone you’d like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?

Tim Fisher: A woman named Cathy Wells, who I call my sister, has tirelessly read and reread everything I have written. She has given me comments and suggestions, made fun of some of my mistakes and encouraged me all the way. I can’t say enough about her or her husband Dan for being the friends they are. Without Cathy, things would not be as they are.

Anything else you want your readers to know?

Tim Fisher: My website is www.scubadoc51.com. You can find links to This Dark Time and Rebel’s Revenge there. If you don’t want to go there, you can find This Dark Time at http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook34195.htm?cache. Rebel’s Revenge can be found here http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/eBook34789.htm. I have a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/scubadoc51 so please come by and add me as a friend.

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