Interview with Timothy Graves

"Greetings everyone. My interviewee for today is an author who's nnnnnnot a self-proclaimed writer. Am I right in this?"
"Indeed you are."
"And why don't you proclaim that you are indeed, a writer, you being an author and all?"
"Because I don't care much for labels."
"But I heard you talking to someone earlier that you were indeed a writer.."
"You are correct as well. I said that because it just makes for an easier conversation. But, make no mistake, I don't truly consider myself a writer; I'm ultimately just someone who loves to write."
"A little birdie told me that you actually obsess about writing. Is this true?"
"Hmm, well, I'd be lying if I said I didn't."
"Hehe ok, next question: So how did it all start? When, in your life, did you start becoming more of a prolific 'writer'?"
"Hmm well, it would have to be when I met a rapper at the place I was working at at the time; which would be, gosh, over ten years ago. We became friends, I started writing 'raps', and the rest is pretty much history."
"Ah, well then my next question naturally follows: what cultivated the 'writing' part of your writing, meaning, when did your writing take a new direction, away from song writing or 'raps' as you've put it?"
"Well, to be honest, I truly don't know when exactly, I just know, that through the writing of music, my mind began opening up, thinking about things I normally don't, namely situations, especially ones that would turn me on in some way or another."
"Are you referring to stories such as 'Nightmare on My Street' and 'Freedom'?"
"The same. Impressive, you're not looking at a cue card are you? I'm not seeing one from this angle but still..."
"Hehehe of course not! Upon getting ready for this interview, I read some of your work and those were some that sank in. Please, continue."
"Hehe alright. Well, funny you mentioned 'Nightmare on My Street.'; to my memory, that is the very first short story I wrote since writing music."
I wouldn't have guessed. Some of your work that you've published already, namely in your compilation, are some rather controversial subject material, if not the subjects themselves. I ask, where do you get your inspiration from to write such material
"Well, if I've not stated in another interview, I get much inspiration from history, from historic figures; however, if it can be believed, most of my inspiration comes from, well, me."
"Would you care to elaborate on that?"
"Without going into too much detail, I feed off of my emotions, my fantasies. I think of a subject that would solicit a strong emotional response that resonates with my twisted imagination, and through my pen so-to-speak, I let said emotions do the talking."
"Some of these works, I understand, are quite undermining to yourself; meaning, you show how vulnerable you are by revealing such taboo, emotionally charged works."
"One must be willing to risk themselves, in order to achieve something great."
"I've heard that you're fond of quotes, who's that one from?"
"I don't know if anybody else has said it before, it was just my own honest response."
"Well, if no one has, it has been documented now that you'll take the credit for it."
"Hehe, well, uh, thanks."
"Sure thing. So, a question I'm sure that's been on some people's minds is, what's your favourite work and why?"
"Oh gosh, uhh, let me think for a moment here. There's so many that I've written that nurse the wounds spot-on or give me a severe case of the ghostbumps that I honestly don't think I've ever chosen one.....Hmmm well, I know I'm eating up our alotted time so, I'm going to have to go with ‘The Many Adventures of Tare Krook.’"
"...And care to give us a reason as to why, if possible?"
I: "Well, if you don't mind my possible rambling. The story started off as a curious joke; to make a story out of a Haiku format of five-seven-five syllables. I couldn't have made them each genuine Haiku's themselves because had I followed that, telling a coherent story would have been exponentially difficult, if not impossible. So as I was writing this story, I simply wrote jokes that I felt were funny only to me. I don't write a lot of humourous material because, well, I'm more impassioned by its opposite.
Anyways, I had finished the first part of it, with already having the second part in mind for some time, but I just never knew how to go about it; I had only written that introductory poem at that time. So before I even began writing for it, I researched and found a free-distribution copy of the Inferno on the internet. Keep in mind, that I had somewhat of a general idea of how the story went; that Dante, in the original, was lead down the circles of hell by a guide whom was the roman poet, Virgil. Knowing this, I had already picked dear Edgar to be my poet as the guide for my main character.
Well, irony, it turns out, played to my favour when I did my reresearch on Edgar and found that he and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow had a bit of a historical feud, which in turn, the source material that I had been using to read from, was none other than Henry's version. I can't ever seem to not smile when I think of those two now, which, my funniest part in the Inferno, still remains as Poe calling out to Henry, 'Ye didactic scum!' Perhaps I digress, but the reason why I picked this story, as a whole, as my favourite is because it was the most research intensive of my works. There were so many historical figures, though paling in comparison to the original's count, that I've gotten to know. I even had the opportunity to pick those that were past Dante's time, and personally select them to what I felt, was the appropriate circle. I mean, I've nothing against Ralph Waldo Emerson; I like him as a writer actually, but it was funny to me to send him to hell despite.
Speaking of sending to hell and the main point of the why explanation, is that, I took the opportunity to send myself to hell, and not only this, but to actually interact with the poet I hold of highest esteem, the inspirational Poe. I was very thankful and honoured, to have had said opportunity to do this, and if I were truly able to meet one person from the past, it would be likely dear Edgar, and I'm sure we would be drinking together through the wee hours of the night."
"Now I know what you meant by 'possibly' rambling, but this is what an interview is supposed to be for, to listen to what you have to say. You seem to know yourself quite well if I might add. And did I hear you just a moment ago say 'reresearch?'"
"Well enough I suppose. I think of myself generally as a quiet person, but if we're on a subject that I have quite an interest in, I kinda need to be told to shut up. Hehe and indeed you did; I tend to make-up words from time to time."
"I couldn't help but notice that you stressed the word 'jokes' in your 'ramble', aside from the obvious finger quotation gesture of course hehe. Was there a reason why you did so?"
"The reason being, was because apparently whenever I'm told a joke, the majority of the time it goes over my head, or I see what they were trying to get at with it but don't find the humour in it because it was poorly thought out. I can continue on about this, if you'd like.."
"Again, this is your interview.."
"You are quite the reasonable interviewer if I may say so. So, back to my 'not getting' the jokes, let me give you this particular example since it's the first thing that came to mind. I was given a T-shirt that said, 'Save Water, Drink Beer'. Now this may sound clever and that a beer drinker such as myself would appreciate such logic. But, once again, my brain gets in the way and shows the irony of such a statement by proving to me that the logic it professes is actually quite contrary to itself.
I don't know if I've stated before that I brew my own beer, but from the knowledge that comes with, I can realize that the statement is false. Let's say, we have a five gallon jug of water that we want to 'save' and instead choose to drink the five gallon jug of beer. But, in order to have had that beer available in the first place, it needed to be brewed in which more than five gallons of water would have been needed to keep up with the five gallon level due to evaporation from said brewing process. So, in truth, we're not saving water by drinking beer, we would be saving water by not making the beer in the first place, hence why the shirt's saying makes no sense at all.
So, this is what typically happens when someone tells me a joke. I'm supposed to laugh, but I see it as something that was poorly thought out and only caters to those that don't pay attention to what they are actually hearing. So I ask, do most jokes only cater to the stupid? Because that's how I honestly feel I need to be in order to actually appreciate and 'get' said jokes. Ok hehe, my rant's over."
"I didn't realize you were ranting, I figured you were just proving a point."
"Hehe yeah, the point is is that I suck at getting jokes."
"Hehe, have you always been this honest?"
"No, not always. When I was younger, I've done my share in stealing and trying to pull one over my parents. But now, it's part of who I am. I have always found speaking the truth to be easier than lying. In fact I'll quote a movie that has actually solidified further my ability, my resolve to speak the truth: "Speak the truth, always, even if it leads to your death."
"And what movie is that from?"
"A very influential Ridley Scott film called, "Kingdom of Heaven."
"And would you go so far as the quote imlplies?"
"Implies? It plainly states and indeed I would, I do, everyday."
"That's pretty intense there, Mr. Graves. Now to wrap up our interview here, there have been quite a few, myself included, that wondered where the inspiration came from for your novel, Terrestrial Sundown.
"The inspiration for this novel came from chiefly, three different sources: The first was from the anime movies of Vampire Hunter D, the second is from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and thirdly, and more profoundly, Frank Herbert's DUNE Chronicles. It was Frank's books that inspired me to write a novel and approach it the way that I did. I'm sure you'll see the resemblance now that I've revealed this to you."
"And also, since you're from Las Vegas, did you get the names Aria and Delano from the casino and the soon to be made casino respectively?"
"Well, to answer that last question real quickly, no. I decided upon those names years before those aforementioned casinos. I'll say, early to mid 2000's is when I found and chose said names."
"Well Mr. Graves, it has indeed been a pleasure spending time with you this night. Are there any final words you'd like to share with us?"
"Likewise my friend. Certainly, be on the lookout later this year for my fourth book, aptly named, 'Death a side and Genocide.' It is another compilation of my most daring and personal of my work."
"Well, there you have it. Mr. Graves, mysterious and in his own words. Thank you for joining us in this interview of this up-and-coming 'writer'. Goodnight."
Published 2016-10-29.
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Books by This Author

Terrestrial Sundown 3196 A.R.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,420. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A water nymph named Winter, sees the plot against her father in her dreams and fears for his life. She tries her best to warn but is too late to save her father, the Vampire King Ian, from the claws of the Banshee Queen, Aria. Winter is a half-breed, who joins her half-human brother Delano, in a quest to rescue Ian in which they travel to the most dangerous known planet, Earth.
Death A Side And Genocide
Price: $24.99 USD. Words: 16,260. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
This special compilation is Timothy Graves' most chilling, most revealing of all his work. Saying anything else, would be revealing too much....
The Living Grave: A Compilation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,910. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
A collection of works that the author has bled and accumulated over the years. Short stories, poems, dialogues and perhaps more make up this concoction of a book. Timothy himself truly bids you, the reader, to enjoy.
The Many Adventures of Tare Krook
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,990. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
The unofficial sequel to Dante's Inferno. It might make you laugh, it might even solicit a tear, but undoubtedly, it's one hell of a ride!