Meet the Author: Tim Gabrielle

Thank you so much for the Q&A, Tim! Best of luck with the release of your debut novel, THIS LAND OF MONSTERS!

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I think that the thought of writing sometimes exhausts me but it’s more of an issue of my overall laziness, lol. Once I’m in the groove with a good project, I’m energized.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Television/movies. When I decided to fully dedicate my time to getting This Land Of Monsters published, I dumped all my shows. I loved all the superhero shows on tv but the problem was I was watching two a night, on top of all the other stuff I watch. It’ll bankrupt me creatively if I’m not careful.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I always joked with my wife that if I ever did, I’d write under the name Del Flannigan. I don’t know why, the name always made me laugh but it also sounds legit, lol.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I’m a huge Marvel fan, always have been, so I love the idea of everything being connected. Monsters is connected in subtle ways to my second book I’m working on. My third book is a little too grand of a story to be connected to the first two but I still may try something.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
It’s yet to be determined but anything having to do with my trip to Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta this October. It’s a Walking Dead convention and that crowd is gonna love my book...assuming they stop and grab a copy.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I don’t know if it’s considered under appreciated but I’d say Salem’s Lot. It’s my favorite book in general and as they keep churning his books out into tv shows and movies, I always wonder why they haven’t redone the previous versions with today’s standard of filming. When you think Stephen King, everyone always thinks IT, or The Stand, or Misery. I find Salem’s Lot is often left out of that conversation.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Jeff Goldblum

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have one book that’s going through its second round of self-edits and also a third book that I’m currently working through the first draft. I’ve never been much of a short story writer but I’ve been feeling pulled in that direction lately.

Stop thinking every other writer is better than you...
— Tim Gabrielle

How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
I’m still a part-time writer but I dedicate a lot of my free time and energy towards my writing. At some point in the near future I would love to be working in downtown Detroit at a writing gig while churning out novels at the same time, but for now the insurance world needs me.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop thinking every other writer is better than you and just get the damn thing down on paper.


ABOUT TIM

I'm a married father of three beautiful children, living in Ontario, Canada.   I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Loudoun County, Virginia, so I'm a southern boy at heart, but that same heart lead me to Ontario where my wife and her family have always lived.  

I've considered myself a writer for a long while, even though I fell into the trap a lot of writers do...talking about writing far more than actually sitting down and churning out pages.  It wasn't until my thirtieth birthday that I started to take my writing seriously.

I write mostly horror/suspense, taking inspiration from the great Stephen King (I float just like the rest of you).  As a child of the nineties, I draw heavily on the slasher/horror movies from that decade, using anything from Scream to the Nightmare on Elm St. movies for inspiration.  

Follow Tim online at the links below, and check out his exciting
Young Adult post-apoc zombie thriller,
THIS LAND OF MONSTERS, on his website.

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