Interview with Timothy Connolly

What do you read for pleasure?
Used to read a lot of Bukowski, Kerouac, Fante, Henry Miller... iconoclasts who fictionalized their own reckless lives. Lately I'm rediscovering the pleasures of genre fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't own an e-reader. Maybe next Christmas Santa will bring one.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Definitely not a Facebook ad. That was one big goose-egg.
Describe your desk
It's made of aged cherry wood in a quasi-Shaker style. Made it myself when I was an amateur woodworker.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Boston and spent my early years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. My family moved to the central coast of California when I was ten years old after my parents became involved with a new-age cult. Did my senior year of high school in Eugene Oregon. After that I went to college in Arizona and Texas. Hard to say how my itinerant upbringing affected my writing, other than it made me averse to owning more than I can fit in the back of a car.
When did you first start writing?
My mother has a "short story" (one page) I wrote at age 7. It concerns a blue whale named Sam who wore a sailor hat. Some whalers spotted him and gave chase, but he led their ship onto the rocks. "They deserved it," said Sam.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had an idea for inverting the traditional good-vs-evil paradigm seen in the meta myth. I wrote it as a screenplay, but Hollywood wasn't interested; so it went back on the shelf. Several years later, I re-wrote it as the novel, "Thaniel's Crossing."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I would have been happy to become an author who pockets a large advance from a publishing company; but alas, that was not to be.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll have to get back to you on that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding that moment when the characters start speaking on their own. Being naturally lazy, I enjoy any creative pursuit that can be undertaken while lounging.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know when they show themselves.
Published 2017-01-25.
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Books by This Author

Thaniel's Crossing
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,970. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
From a peaceful but dying world where all evil was driven out in an apocalyptic war, young Thaniel Kamen is called upon by an ancient warrior to journey through a rift that separates galaxies to a planet racked by by war and environmental devastation. His mission: to face down Margus Dane, a man of godlike power and malevolence, in an epic battle that will decide his fate — and that of two worlds.