Born May 11, 1948 in Orlando, FL. Tim grew up in Long Beach, California attending Millikan H.S. and Long Beach City College. He attended U.C. Berkeley majoring in Philosophy and graduated summa cum laude from Long Beach State with a BA in that discipline. He also holds a MS from Chapman University in Organizational Development.
Tim has lived and worked in many places. His broad and eclectic background provide the background for his writing and commercial endeavors. Able to bridge distances between individuals and groups, he is sought after as a advisor/coach/consultant by leaders seeking experienced counsel.
Tim began writing poetry in 1975 and has published several volumes as well as having contributed to anthologies. As well, he is co-author of The Limerick Homer (the Iliad and Odyssey in limerick form) and The Greatest Little Transformation Book You'll Ever Read. Different Waters is his latest work of poetry available from Owl Oak Press.
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.
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.