Interview with Timothy House

When did you first start writing?
I began writing poetry and song lyrics in high school. Fifteen years later I became interested in storytelling and began writing short stories which quickly led to my first novella.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to be creative and getting wrapped up in the story. While you're writing a story you live the life of your characters and become part of the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I wrote was a rhyming story. The first short story was kind of a goofy story about working in the winter and falling on the ice. The first story I published was "Old Man and the Moon," a story that was inspired by Arthur C. Clarke. I wrote the story on a sunny spring day in riverside park in Memphis. The story is very emotional and I was trying to hold back some of the emotion writing in public.
What is your writing process?
The is no set process, it's pretty much chaotic order. Every story or poem has a different process. Poetry just pops in my head and I'll write down something rough. I like to be outdoors when writing, I find it to be inspirational. When I wrote "Love Notes" I wrote it on the beach in Ocean City in Maryland, Liberty Park in New Jersey, Elk Neck Park Maryland, and even in a laundromat in Elkton Maryland while doing laundry . I wrote a good portion of "From My Heart to Yours" in various locations in and around Nashville. I write in my home office too, which is where I wrote most of "Pieces of the Puzzle." Many of the stories were written in the places where the book is set. I believe living in those places while writing about them gives me a much better understanding of the culture and feel of the setting that goes directly into each story.
What do you read for pleasure?
It depends, I read a lot of poetry and I like science fiction. I usually don't read anything while I'm writing because it causes what I call "static." My mind will get caught up in the story I'm reading and I lose my drive writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am working on two new stories off and on and I'll be publishing a new novella in November I finished earlier this year. That book is called "Pieces of the Puzzle" and it's a story about a couple in college who meet years later as they are deep in their careers and the female character Sarah had a daughter who she didn't tell the main character Oliver about but comes to him for treatment of their daughter's cancer. Sarah falls in love with him again and it comes out as they all fight for Christina's (the daughter) life they struggle to become a family. The story is a Christmas Miracle and it's inspiration to never give up.

The next story "Zarna's Discovery" is a science fiction thriller complete with cell regeneration and time travel. Imagine being 75 and all of the sudden having a body of a 25 year old again. After that Zarna learns of a new way of time travel she wishes to go back to her past and learn what happened to the "love of her life" who was murdered and they never discovered who was responsible. She longs to see him again as she is now "young" again, but as she travels back she becomes aware of a dark secret that has been kept from her. Some people will do anything to keep that secret including murdering her. So as she becomes entwined in discovering who murder her former lover she must run for her life. It is an adventure through Europe and the US and also through time.

The third story is another crime science fiction thriller although this story is a novella. In this story a retired detective living in a small Ohio town is asked by the local volunteer police chief to help investigate a body found in the woods. The body was left with no identifying features but he soon learns the identity is one of an inventor who created a device to read minds. This was used as a tool by law enforcement to get the truth but some of them learned how to use the device to manipulate people especially women who the villain uses the device to rape them and they have no memory of what happened to them. This retired detective is forced to unravel this mystery and gets caught up in some of his old cases while investigating this case. He has to work in a corrupt system that is against him and protects the rapist this retired detective is trying to stop. The powers that be protect him to protect the down side of this new piece of technology.
What motivated you to become an author?
The ability to inspire people was the biggest factor. We live in a dark world and often times it's easy to give up hope so I wanted to write inspiring stories for people who struggled through life just like I did. Making them laugh too is very inspiring. Laughter is the best medicine. The other factor is the sure will to write almost like I have to write. I'm happiest when I'm being creative and I would still write even if no one was reading my stories.
How have ebooks contributed to your success?
Enormously! It drove down the start up cost and made it much easier for a small unknown author like me and marketing online gave me the ability to target a specific audience. Being one of the first authors on Apple's new ebook store that accompanied the launch of the iPad was key to getting my books out there for people to read. The fact that people can read a sample of the book first has also been a huge help. 99% of my sales today are ebook sales in over 40 different countries. I don't think that would have been possible with traditional printed books. Smashwords has also been a huge contributor to my success as an author.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm also a musician and songwriter so that takes up a lot of my time. I enjoy hiking and traveling a lot, all of which I write about in my stories. There's always an adventure in exploring other places. My biggest hobby is photography. I love capturing one moment in time and that photo also has a story to tell.
How do you approach cover design?
They say never judge a book by its cover but we all do. It's very important and it needs to be a window into what your story is. The old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is what I'm thinking. How do I get the reader's mind into this story with the cover. As much thought has to go into cover design as the book itself,
What was your greatest thrill as a writer?
Probably several I could talk about but maybe the greatest was the night I first saw my first book "Definitions" on sale on Amazon and I thought, "wow, that's little old me!" I still get chills when I see something I created in the store for the first time, it's the same way with my music. "Definitions" was the first book I published and it was a dream come true the night I saw it for sale. It's a pretty special feeling when you finally realize a dream like that. Traveling to research the places I write about are pretty thrilling too.
Published 2013-09-02.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Pieces of the Puzzle
By
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,930. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
An aspiring doctor and his girlfriend part ways after college. Oliver becomes a leading child oncologist when years later his former girlfriend comes to him with her sick daughter and he must fight to save her and at the same time become a family Sarah always wanted. It is a story of perseverance and inspiration as they all try to put the pieces of their lives together.
Visitors from Yubarri II
By
Series: Visitors From Yubarri, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,340. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Goyo and Robert have been on Yubarri for 40 years. After a dear Moai friend dies they long to return to their home world Earth. Earth has since become a planet ruled by a few who enslave the majority. After the war the people of Earth have chips implanted to be tracked and terminated. Goyo and Robert wish to return to Earth to bring peace and prosperity with Yubarrian technology.
Love in the Big Apple
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Adam meets the girl of his dreams in Paris. They have a romantic adventure through the city and before they both fly back to the US she disappears leaving Adam devastated. Five years later she appears again in front of a cafe in SoHo. He is faced with a choice to go talk to her again and maybe be with her again or walk away.
Island Time
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A man returns from an island vacation to the corporate world and can’t shake the experience. He is stuck on island time where fun comes before work. On a trip to Chicago for a merger he meets a woman with whom he had a romantic adventure with on the island. He quickly decides he wants to go back to the island giving up a good job and wants her to come with him
Whiskey on a Heartache
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A man goes to Memphis to surprise his lover only to find out she has found another man. He returns to his hotel where he meets a blues musician as they begin writing a song about her and his situation. Quickly he forgets his pain and turns into a blues man.
A Modern Day Animal Farm Tale
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Based on, and a tribute to, George Orwell's novella “Animal Farm.” This short story is a modern day look at this legendary political thriller. Cats form a rebel army and fight the Napoleon's Army while trying to liberate Baker's Farm and Manor Farm.
From My Heart to Yours
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,940. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Natalie and Edward meet in Seattle and start a romance. They travel and Edward asks her to marry him. She says yes and they move to Nashville. A ruthless businessman shuts down her research project and they both fight to restart the effort. Edward signs a rock band to a record deal all while helping Natalie as she also faces health problems
A Soldier's Story
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Four vets speak of their time of war in a diner. They later come to the aid of a mean girl who is attacked and help her until she can take care of herself.
Tears of a Green Eyed Angel
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Virginia Perkins is a ghost trapped in Gettysburg who meets a historian who is researching his family's past. He learns of his past and helps her find her way to Heaven
Visitors From Yubarri
By
Series: Visitors From Yubarri, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
An archeologist finds an alien device and soon discovers the story of an alien species that came to Earth long ago
Love Notes and a collection of short stories
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,090. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A life-long love story of a couple who survive through tragedy only to bask in triumph later in life.
Apollo's Flame
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,750. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2010. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A collection of poetry and fiction. Love poetry along with humor and some political poetry. Includes the short story Apollo's Flame
Old Man and The Moon
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 630. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2010. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
As a great inventor passes on his friends and family gather in his hospital room. They speak of his great inventions but he is saddened that they do not recognize the important things in life such as love and guidance. The moon assists him in giving his family one last lesson before he dies.
Definitions: Poetry that defines love, life and beyond
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A collection of poetry by Timothy House