Interview with Timothy Smith

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Long Beach, California in a blue-collar/middle class neighborhood. My mother was able to purchase the house after my Dad's death with his brother, my uncle Forrey's GI bill loan. The neighborhood was stable, full of kids and kind of like an extended family.

As a teenager, I began to daydream of escaping dull monotony of daily life at home and school. Coming of age in the 60's was a key to my sense of not fitting in and wanting to make something different of my life, not the work-a-day examples that my upbringing provided. I wanted more from life than a job, a family, a house.
When did you first start writing?
My first recollection is that I started sometime in my mid-20's. I did not write in school, not creatively at least, and begin with poetry, which is my first love. I wrote then to understand myself, to help find my way through a fairly serious, undiagnosed depression that followed a divorce and dropping out of college. I wrote primarily about relationships, as my orientation to the world has been primarily through that lens, and because I had trouble staying in them for any length of time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is the bringing to light the mystery of my father's death in a military plane crash, and its profound effect upon my brother and I as his sons. Its a timeless tale, with better makers such as John Darnton and Michael Hainey having covered similar grounds in their memoirs of sorting out their fathers' lives and deaths. My story is unique, I believe, in the uncanny way in which the truth finally was discovered, and the events that leading up to the final trip to the place where he perished along with all but two of his crew.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I thought it was a simple, quick and effective way to get the story out there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Its created system where people like me can reach a wider audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Self-discovery and what I learn about the world.
Published 2013-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Finding Fred
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,700. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Things change in an instant. One minute a family is whole, the next it is completely and irrevocably altered by tragedy. At the age of sixty-two, the author and his family come to grips with the loss of a father and its profound effect on the lives of his family though a set of remarkable circumstances.