Tim Mcbain is an ambitious and driven writer, and is the author of The Scattered and the Dead. Quite rightfully he admires some of the most talented authors in the business, such as George R.R. Martin. Like a lot of fiction writers he finds that the make believe world he creates often makes more sense than the real world. And I for one, second that!
Tim’s a busy man so I was honoured to get the time to interview him.
1.What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the audiobook for The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1), writing parts of the sequels in that series and polishing the final book in the Awake in the Dark series. I also can’t stop daydreaming about a series I probably won’t get to work on for a few months.
2.Can you tell us a little something about it?
Well, I think The Scattered and the Dead (Book 1) is a good mix of disturbing and stimulating story. Our early readers have responded strongly to it. I’m excited to see how the general public reacts.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I think there are a lot of tangible reasons I could give — it’s an effort to communicate, a way to connect to people, a way to make money. But really it’s like explaining why you dream when you sleep. I feel like I’m always trying to organize the meaning and lack thereof I find in life — both at once. Sometimes it comes out in a philosophical way, sometimes in a spiritual or animal way. Somehow, fiction became a place to do that, and now it often makes more sense to me than real life, which is weird.
4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
I like coffee. I write better when I first wake up in the morning. I’m too tired to be self-conscious, I think. I sit in the dark and the weirdest things occur to me and make me laugh. It’s fun.
5. What is your favourite book?
That’s a tough one. I think the single biggest inspiration was The Collector by John Fowles. It’s really disturbing, but the psychology is so intricate and interesting. It clicked with me. I like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck a lot, though. That might be my favorite.
6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?
Which career I admire, or which career I dream of attaining myself? I’ll take it the second way. I had no particular interest in genre fiction and had barely read any until I read George R.R. Martin’s book. Now I write genre fiction full time. But it’s hard to picture becoming as successful as he became in these last few years. So instead I’ll go with Roger Zelazny, one of GRRM’s friends. He was a very successful and beloved science fiction and fantasy author. Pretty prolific. He died in 1995. A dedicated group still love and read his stuff, but he never quite broke into the mainstream in a Stephen King or George R.R. Martin way.
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
It’s hard to pick just one annoying quality of mine. I have so many. Sometimes I take off my pants and shake my genitals at my writing partner. I actually don’t find it that annoying, to be honest. I guess it’s more of a hobby than anything.
8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
Yeah. I guess twitter is a pretty good place to see how annoying I am: http://twitter.com/realtimmcbai
9.What are your writing plans for 2016?
My writing partner and I are going to release a book every 60 days this year and beyond.
10.And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?
I’d never had them before, so I went and bought some after you talked about them. They’re weird. I can’t imagine wanting to eat them very often. The middle is excessively squidgy. It’s troubling.
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It was awesome to interview Tim. He’s a talented writer and an ambitious one and I admire ambition in people. Plus, he’s never going to try and steal my Jaffa Cakes! Thanks for taking the time Tim!