Sunday, May 24, 2015
Welcome Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR Tim Hemlin!
A huge welcome to Tim Hemlin, this week's Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR!
Shall we delve a bit deeper and find out what Tim has been up to? Yes, let's.
Tim Hemlin is a marathoner, teacher, and has his master's degree in counseling, but his passion for the environment sparked him to write The Wastelanders, a dystopian-clifi published in both e-book and paperback by Reputation Books. He is represented by Kimberley Cameron of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency.
He has also published a Wastelanders short story called Black Silence as a bridge between the first book and its sequel. He is currently in the notes and brainstorming stage for the Wastelanders sequel.
Recently the Muse has kindly allowed him to tap into that creative magic and pen a young adult urban fantasy. If all goes well with the edits and revision, the final draft should be completed by early summer.
Finally, in the late 90s Ballantine published the Neil Marshall series of culinary mysteries set in Houston, Texas. These include If Wishes Were Horses, A Whisper of Rage (nominated for a Shamus Award), People in Glass Houses, A Catered Christmas (the one I most enjoyed writing), and Dead Man's Broth. He has recently gotten the reversion rights and is planning on reissuing them under an elite publishing house out of New Orleans.
Hemingway liked running with the bulls. Tim enjoys running with dragons (that's what he calls his grandkids.)
When asked what he considered important about the stories we create, Tim had this to say:
Stories are what make life new. Each generation defines itself by the layer of tales it leaves for future generations to excavate. We read stories in fragments of cuneiform, in ancient pottery and on the walls of caves. Stories hold time captive, releasing it only when future readers choose to set it free.
I see stories in everything—a fleur-de-lis bottle opener, a scruffy old pair of cowboy boots, two wooden beach chairs facing each other on an abandoned shoreline. Stories are rooted in objects the imagination then takes to new heights. Stories can be simply told and yet so complex . . .
Have you heard the one about the guy who at the last minute decided to wear his cowboy boots when meeting a bunch of friends? Well, crowded around a table at the bar a certain young lady said, “I write westerns and I don’t even know how to two-step. Can anyone teach me how to two-step?” The guy in the scruffy old pair of cowboy boots jumped up and said, “Yes, ma’am, I can.”
And they’ve been dancing together ever since.
Stories are life.
Tims' novel The Wastelanders is a great read. Be sure to add it to your summer reading list.
America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation. Caught outside his spiritual haven when the Cartel moves against the Wastelanders, Joey is aided by Bear, an enigmatic weapons runner, Moon, a lovesick Scrapwoman, and Bernie Hawke, his estranged father. But against the Cartel's military strength, led by the power hungry Rex Fielder, Joey's only hope may be Si-Ting, a young woman with prescient abilities--a woman who not only holds the key to his heart but also to an American conspiracy to crown its future with the withered laurels of the past.
To find out more about this wonderful author you can click on the links below:
Amazon Author Page
Barnes & Noble
Wishing Tim tremendous success and many sales.