He was originally supposed to be visiting Judith over at Musings and Ramblings today
but she is taking a little break from blogging and I am happy to fill in for her.
So let’s get to know a little bit about the author behind the
pages of Dead Stock: A Bert Shambles Mystery.
When I graduated from grade school I was voted “heaviest smoker” by the class. I had never smoked a cigarette in my life.
2. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Play with my son, who’s 7, or cook, or take in some art at one of NYC’s many wonderful galleries.
3. How did you choose the genres you write in?
Mystery has always been my favorite genre, and I liked cozies from early on because I’m not a fan of violence or graphic sex in books. Well, sex is okay, but definitely not violence.
4. Is there any particular author or book that has influenced you or your writing?
My favorite writer of all time is probably John D. MacDonald, with Lawrence Block, P.G. Wodehouse, and Dawn Powell close behind.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Once I wrote to an editor about this brilliant story idea I had. His response, and I quote, was “ZZzzzzzzz.” As for compliments, a gal on Goodreads once gave an early book of mine a low rating and said it was boring, but ended the review with, “…but I couldn’t put it down for some reason.” That was kind of awesome.
6. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
Picasso, because he’s Picasso. Maybe Orson Welles, just to hear him speak.
7. You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?
A Martin guitar, an oil painting, and a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes.
8. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why?
I’m proud to say that I don’t know enough about celebrities to answer this!
9. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Chocolate chips. Anchovies. Homemade pea soup.
10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
He Did It All For Love.
Summer or Winter? Summer!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee!
Cake or Pie? Cake!
Car or Truck? Car!
Print or Electronic? Electronic!
Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
The older I get the more I realize that the hippies were right: all you really need is love.
Thank you Tim for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend a few minutes with us.
About Tim Hall
Tim Hall has had a long and varied career in the underground and independent press as a journalist, author, and as co-founder of the Outsider Writers Collective. He has collaborated with many illustrators and fine artists, including with Emmy Award winning artist Dean Haspiel on “The Last Mortician”, published by Tor.com in 2010 (link here). Tim grew up on Long Island, where his Bert Shambles mysteries are set. He lives in New York City.
Now let me tell you about Tim’s book!!
A Bert Shambles Mystery
A Brand New Series
Published by Cozy Cat Press (September 28, 2013)
Paperback: 200 pages
E-Book File Size: 740 KB
Meet Bert Shambles, a perpetually confused young man whose life mirrors his surname. He is stuck back in his suburban Long Island hometown, enduring a three-year suspended sentence for an act of chivalry gone terribly wrong. He works part-time at a church thrift shop and makes extra money by selling “dead stock”—vintage clothes that have never been worn—to a local boutique.
On a routine pick up for the store, Bert learns that the widow of a recently deceased pro golfer is offering a reward for the return of her dead husband’s favorite putter—and an even bigger reward for proof that her husband was murdered. Bert jumps at the chance, and soon finds himself being chased by a violent, van-driving maniac, romantically involved with a mobster’s daughter, and quite possibly being set up to take the fall by his probation officer and crazy ex-girlfriend. As the forces of good and evil close in around him, Bert must race to clear his name and discover the truth so he doesn’t wind up in prison…or worse.
Filled with twists, turns, and unforgettable characters, and propelled by a truly lovable hero and wicked sense of humor, Dead Stock heralds the arrival of a wonderful new mystery series.
Thanks to Tim I have a signed paperback
with a corrected manuscript page tipped in to give away
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