Tim Martin lives in the Monarch Mountains outside Sandpoint, Idaho —about an hour’s drive from Washington, or Montana, or Canada, and a long way from the Iowa farm where he grew up.
Tim relates well to dogs and cats, fly-fishermen, cold beer, hot coffee, dead spots in cell coverage, and people who care enough to listen after they ask a question.
His first novel, On Death and Flying, was inspired by real-life friends, who adopted two abused children. Tim continues to have a deep-seated belief that life is unexplainable magic and everything works pretty well when you don’t try too hard. He is at work on his next novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have friends who have adopted abused sisters, taken away from their deviant parents by the state.
My friends sacrifice to help these girls, and the grim reality of birth parents who make a choice to do what they did to their own daughters made it impossible for me not to write this story.
We all face choices of standing up and making a difference. These situations are rarely as clearly wrong, or as dramatic as child abuse, but as right and wrong continue to blur, justice and doing the right thing become blurred as well. Civility and ethics erode. People-to-people interactions become shallow and our lives are lessened because of it.
I would not suggest anyone take the drastic measures Chip Crandle deliberates in On Death and Flying. But everyone should make a stand for right and wrong and live up to that stand before they reach a point where it is too late, and too inconvenient, to make a positive difference in their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The marketplace is crowded.
My stuff is hard to categorize into any one genre, (read difficult to commercialize).
I wanted to see what people, who didn't know or owe me anything, would have to say about my stories.
So I just decided to get it out there myself.
And I have learned a great deal, about a lot of things; much of which I had not expected.
Chip Crandle, a man drowning in regret, must do one unquestionably good thing in order to regain his lost ability to fly... and earn a second chance at making life count. But to his horror, doing the good thing could mean murder and leaving everything he's ever known behind. Chip journeys from terror to bliss and Idaho to Oklahoma as he strives to make a difference before it's too late.