7 Questions With Author Tim Mayer
Besides being a professional writer, Tim Mayer is a businessman, scientist, father, husband, and obscure film expert. He’s written over 25 novels (and more novellas that can be remembered) since he began to write professionally 4 years ago.
His favorite writing genres are science fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror. Over thirty years ago he chaired a film society and published Fear of Darkness, a Zine devoted to obscure horror and exploitation movies. He competed in medieval armored combat for twenty years, which ended when the doctor told him to knock it off. He lives outside The City Where All The Brothers Love Each Other.
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In today’s interview, Tim Mayer shares his wisdom with the upcoming writer: writing advice, handling negative reviews and all the research that goes into a novel.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Plotter. I need a set of plot points broken down before I start. In most cases, 1 point = 500 words. If I don’t have those plot points, I get lost. I need to know where the novel is headed and what will happen when the characters arrive at some critical point.
What’s the best advice/feedback on writing you’ve ever received?
You must finish what you start. The world is full of writers who are going to unleash that book on the world someday. I’ve lost track of the people who tell me at coffee shops that “they’ve always wanted to be a writer”. Uh, no they don’t, in most cases. They like to get a paycheck on a regular basis that covers the bills.
What’s your definition of the first draft?
I really don’t have one. I crank out the words on my ‘puter, then go back and pound them into shape. At some point I decided it’s ready and open the cage door. There comes a time where you need to let your Precious go. If you’re lucky, the world will cherish it as much as you do.
How do you deal with negative feedback or negative reviews?
Early on I had some wicked fantasies when I read the them, now I just laugh. Hey, I wrote it and they didn’t. In most cases, they’ve bought the book.
You learn to realize that some people get off destroying other people’s carefully constructed worlds. Also, know that some genres have self-appointed experts who will gauge their review on whether or not the novel is “twue” to what they expect.
Just how much research is there behind a novel?
Depends on the novel. I spent two years on the research for 93 Million Miles to Gotham. I read biographies of all the historical characters. I read two extensive books on the history of New York City prior to WW1.
It helped me in the final visualization. The Internet is a wonderful resource. It still astonishes me the old school paperback writers could knock out novels on a regular basis armed with an electric typewriter and an encyclopedia.
What should readers expect from your next novel?
I have a Weird Western coming out soon. It involves the Old West, Mormons and Werewolves. Can’t say anymore or it will spoil the book. Also, I’m about to get my butt into gear and start on the epic, the big one, the “Monster in the Box” every writer has inside his or her head.
What were some major setbacks of this profession?
Finding the time to write. It’s not easy scheduling out the day to grind-out 5,000 words when you have a life to live. Don’t expect to make the big $$$ the first time your book hits the Internet.
The writer of Psycho, Robert Bloch, once said that every aspiring writer should have a fallback profession. He recommended plumbing as the work was steady and paid well.
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