Thank you, Tim Marquitz for allowing me to probe into your personal and professional life. I totally enjoyed our time together. This interview took place back in March of this year. I apologize for the lengthy delay in getting our interview posted. You have been a gentleman Tim, thank you for your patience. J
Quinn – Hi Tim, please tell us a little about yourself. Are you married? Do you have any children? Not only an author, you are an editor as well. Would you tell us about the different professions (skills) that you have? Whatever you’d like to share would be awesome.
Tim – Hey, Quinn. Thanks for having me. Well, I’m pretty boring. I write horror and dark fantasy and am working my way toward doing it full time. I’ve a wonderful wife and daughter, both of whom ensure I get as little sleep and alone time as possible, which I’m sure was in the contract the wife keeps telling me about though I haven’t actually seen it.
I do editing on occasion, but I definitely prefer writing. The editing is part of the modern publishing role, an effort to get better at my own writing and further my goal of being visible enough to make a living at writing. As for skills, I’m kind of a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I’ve done a ton of jobs over the course of my life, from retail to fast food, to bouncing to grave digging. At the end of the day, I like making stuff up best.
Quinn - You are very good at making stuff up Tim, I do believe you have found your nitch :) And editing, that is an excellent skill for a writer to process. Unfortunately it’s not my forte but I’m striving to get better which will be a necessity once I launch my new venture into publishing. Belfry Press should be up and running by the end of this year. Grave digger, now there’s an atmosphere that could send a writer’s imagination into overdrive. LOL At what age did you realize you wanted to be an author and why?
Tim - I think I’ve always wanted to be one, but I wasn’t blessed with anything resembling determination early in my life. I used to write stories when I was younger, song lyrics, poetry, and whatever else, all the time, but I was never focused. I don’t think it was until around ’95 that I really took a step back and put some serious thought into the idea that I really wanted to write.
As for why, there’s something primal, something exciting about creating a world, a handful of lives you control in absolute terms. Further still, there’s something fulfilling about having other people enjoy the crap you’re making up. It drives me to keep doing it.