Tim Schoonard has served as a professional church furniture artisan and design consultant for over 25 years, whose custom artwork is on daily display at dozens of locations across the mid-west. He is a veteran of the United States Army, a published composer and recording artist, and his work or commentary has appeared in several professional publications, as well as his having been interviewed on Catholic Radio.
Together with his wife and a dedicated group of clergy and lay professionals, in 2007 he co-founded Latria, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation for sacred art and the preservation of Christian culture for young people.
Tim and Connie, his wife of thirty years, are parents of seven children. He writes from their family farm in Michigan.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
It seems like I’m always busy, day and night. I try to write something every day, even if it is just business correspondence, or a re-vamp of something I have already completed. I try to spend at least a few hours a day, every day, writing. The rest of the time, I usually am in my studio working on my latest custom furniture commission or out on a construction project, bidding or designing one, or, when funds are available, working on the on-going renovation of our 1853 pioneer homestead. We like to live a simple, rustic lifestyle, so we cut our own firewood for winter heating and home-can a lot of our own vegetables in season.
I am a very family centered person, and my wife and I spend a lot of time together often taking long walks down the dirt road we live on to the lake, or on the many hiking trails through the woods on our property at Fawn Meadow. We stay very involved in the academics and activities of our young adult kids, helping them as we are able to get established in life. A good part of our family activity has always been worship centered, and we devote a lot of time each day to prayer and church activities too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That goes back a long way. I’m sure I wrote other things before, however my first focused endeavor was attempting to co-write a book when I was 12 years old. It was called The Adventures of Russell and Tim and consisted of several short adventure stories of two young boys that was somewhat a cross breed between the Hardy Boys and the Speed Racer cartoon series. I remember we worked for weeks and had several chapters written, to the surprise and admiration of our sixth grade teacher who really thought we were on to something. The project ended when Russell and Tim went on to different Jr. High Schools and new adventures of their own.
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