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Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Getting to Know Tim Young
Tim Young the person:

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Caring, Funny, Sensitive

2.     How do you think others would describe you?

Caring, Funny, Intense

3.    Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.


4.     Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.


5.     What is your most precious memory?

Being at the summit of Alta in Salt Lake City the morning after a 2 ½ foot snow storm

6.   What is your most embarrassing memory?

Addressing my high school prom date by her sister's name

7.     If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Writing/Playing music

8.     In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

 Here lies Tim Young, he's finally settled down.  While we always marveled at his uncanny ability to jack up low percentage shots on the basketball court (year after year) - we realize that he never gave up hope that they would actually go in.

 May he reunite with the friends (both 4-legged and 2-legged) that brought him so much joy on this plane, and may we all smile just a little when we think of him.

Tim Young the writer:

9.  Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

My first book came as a result of a 5-hour creative purge wherein I could not write everything down fast enough as it burst from my mind.  I knew then that my life would never be the same, providing I could ways to tap into that creative river again...

10. What is going on with your writing these days?

As I type, nothing.  I am working 90-100 per week and horribly out of balance.  This is part and parcel of paying the price (literally) for my creative endeavors.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

To publish one book every February

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Nothing is really typical.  I try to keep my antennae up and write things down when they come to me.  I listen to music at a low volume when I feel that all the ideas are "out" and it's time to put things into a form or shape.  Stream of consciousness and then organization/clarity/focus.

13. Why do you write?

I write because I enjoy it and enjoy when others enjoy what I do.

14. What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Impossible to narrow it down to one.  John Irving, Maya Angelou, Stephen king (for the pleasure he quite obviously takes in his twisted thoughts)

15. How do you define your writing?

I write children's books about dogs.  When I think of dogs, I think of children.  It all works in my head.

16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That my work was clever, imaginative, funny & warm.

Tim Young the details:

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Murphy's Safety Songs Safety Tips for Tots and "Spots"

Champion Sleeper! Saving His Family, One Snooze at a Time

20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

Murphy's Safety Songs - Dog care and safety through music and art

Champion Sleeper! - Fun, silliness and love!

In conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

I think my work is what it is.  It's hard to describe the joy of my particular creative process.  I am fortunate to work with great people (Illustrator Tom Price and Editor Jill Ronsley, Musician John Nooney) and a small but dedicated peer group.  I do what I do because I can't imagine NOT creating.  I am only sorry that I didn't find this part of me earlier in life...

Posted by joyceanthony at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 29 January 2008 12:03 AM EST
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