This is an interview I did earlier with Tim Hall and his book, Dead Stock. Since then he has also released the second book in the Bert Shambles Series titled, Tie-Died. Get to know Tim a little better and find out how he relates to his series.
Where are you from?
The Gramercy Park section of Manhattan.
Where did you grow up?
Long Island. I preferred Manhattan.
What interests did you have as a child?
Writing! I wanted to be a writer at age 10.
Who influenced you when you were a child?
JRR Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha Christie. My mom and dad too, of course!
Where do you live now?
Manhattan, Upper East Side.
Do you have a family?
Yes. A wife and one boy, who’s 8. Three siblings, a big extended family of in-laws, and my mom is still on Long Island and doing well at the tender age of shut-the-hell-up.
What are your hobbies besides writing?
Cooking, running, painting.
Is writing your main career and if not how did you choose your main career?
I’m a graphic artist by day, which I fell into because I needed to do something than being a messenger or moving man, which I did in my early 20s. At one job I started teaching myself how to use the small Mac they had in the back room, and it went on from there.
What makes Tim Hall Sad? Mad?
Cruelty of any kind makes me unspeakably sad, so I try to avoid it. Our current political/media culture, that glorifies welfare to billionaires while demonizing the poor and unlucky as “lazy” makes me enraged. When Rupert Murdoch dies I’m going to find out where he’s buried and leave a mess on his grave. I hate bullies.
How did you get the idea for Dead Stock?
It’s based on an old story fragment that I wrote more than 20 years ago, which I found in a box at my mom’s house a few years back and started rewriting from scratch. I don’t remember the inspiration for that fragment, but I was reading a lot of James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Sue Grafton and Lawrence Block that summer, I remember.
Is Bert Shambles anything like you?
Yes and no. I also grew up rather poor, from a broken home, but I was never in trouble with the law or owned a cool car. The most we have in common is that he wants to get off Long Island, just as I did when I was his age. Also, he’s much more genuinely sweet than I am.
How did you hear of Cozy Cat Press?
My agent was trying to sell DEAD STOCK for more than a year, but although the major houses loved the sound of it, they all turned it down once they learned it was a male protagonist—a real no-no in Cozy Land, but also the real why I wanted a male character…I love cozies and just wanted to read something that would appeal to a reader like myself!
What do you want people to know about Tim Hall?
I didn’t do it.
Give us a final statement that sums up your life.
I am truly the luckiest guy in the world, and extremely, absurdly happy. Don’t let the sometimes bristly exterior fool you. I’d live forever if I could.
Tim can be found right here on this blog. Visit our author pages.