Rusty Trimble is the author of twelve books for children, including eight illustrated books as well as the author of one noir thriller book with more in the making. While his main focus is on stories for children and young adults, he also aspires to be the writer of adult fiction, with his next book, Tammany Hall a story about a true crime writer hired to write the biography of a dying mafia don.
As the father of an Autistic child, Rusty pledges to donate 50% of the profits from all of his books to causes which seek treatment and/or research Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. He resides in San Diego California with his wife Nickcole and his two sons Andrew and Tyler, who figure prominently in all his children's books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in San Diego, California in the Clairemont Area. San Diego is a very vibrant area with almost constant good weather, the scenery is exquisite, just the type of area that would encourage a writer. I believe my schools (Whitter Elementary, Marston Junior High, and Clairemont High School) also helped as I had teachers that encouraged creative writing.
When did you first start writing?
I remember in the 5th grade I tried to write my own sword and sorcery book. It was sometime after reading Piers Anthony's Xanth series and I wanted to write something similar. In Xanth, every citizen has a power, in my story all members of the royal family had some kind of power and the young prince had a power that continued to grow and he had difficulties controlling. He went on a journey to find a famed "wise man" to help him control his powers, but of course the wise man was evil and turned him into an evil and powerful "Mage Knight". The story was (I think) not bad for a 10 year old and I had aspirations for a trilogy, but I realized that my writing was not up to snuff and shelved it. I never got back to it (I got 45 pages in). Someday I hope to return to this story and a young adult adventure. My second I wrote in the ninth grade. It was called "30 Tales of Terror" which was 30 one page stories, many of them inspired by The Twilight Zone, a few of them kind of "alternate endings" of their stories. I turned it into to my teacher Mrs. Owens and she thought it was a bit dark for a 14 year old, but said she liked it. I left it on my desk and sadly it was stolen, but oh well.
I began writing as an adult when my son was born. I began making up stories with his bath toys and he suggested making a book, so I began writing and illustrating children's books with him as the star. 13 books later, here I am, with my first more mature book Tammany Hall in the works too.
Enjoy the first adventure of The Toler Kid, Book 1 of a short story revolving around the story of Johnny Fortune, an eight year old boy and his friend Marie Christine, and his dog Houdini as they seek a lost golden treasure mask. A fun, educational, family friendly story.