Tim A Hicks


I was born in Stockton, California and graduated from Edison Sr. High, San Joaquin Delta College, and finally The University of the Pacific with a degree in History. I then moved to Boise, Idaho to pursue a Masters degree. While there, I served an internship at the Idaho Historical Museum and was also employed at Boise State University (Student Housing) in several positions: grounds crew, security guard, resident adviser, assistant apartment manager, and finally grounds crew supervisor. I also worked at the College of Idaho as a Residence Hall Director. While at Boise State, I met my wife and I am currently a stay at home father/teacher to two wonderful children. I have also authored two books: The Farm House, which is a ghost story and Building Your Retaining Wall, which is a step-by-step instruction book for....wait for it....building a retaining wall :)

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Once I have an overall idea of a story and have an outline completed, I just sit down and begin to write. However, while I do have a general outline of what the book is going to be about, I don't like to restrict myself to the outline, because once I begin writing, the characters begin to take on a life of their own and I really don't want to restrict them. I discovered that as the story progresses, it goes an entirely different way. For example, in my book The Farm House, I did not know how it was going to end, until I finished the book. .
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in the fifth grade, where my friend and I would have a contest to see how dark and terrifying our stories would be. Over the years, I have made several attempts at writing my first book, The Farm House, but it never seemed to really come together. So, I stuck to short stories and articles. In 2008 I started a blog and had a great deal of fun writing for that and while I enjoyed it, I still had an itch to write that first book. In 2010, I decided to scratch that itch and I made the decision to sit down and write it. A month later, the book was done and I spent the next several months editing it. Yes, it took longer to edit it than it did to write it (a lot harder, too).
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The Farm House
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 51,480. Language: American English. Published: December 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
After Eric and his friend Pam take a trip to visit the farmhouse, they decide to invite a few of their friends and spend their Christmas Break there. As Eric and Pam continue to try and discover their true feelings for each other, the four best friends embark on what they think will be a fun vacation. Yet, soon after they arrive at the farmhouse, they discover that they are not entirely alone.

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