Every day in the Isolation Tank is spooky, but Halloween adds an extra kick of creepy. Tack on Tim Meyer, and you’ve got a terrifying treat. So sit on the edge of your seat, grab some candy corn, and enjoy.
Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?
I’ve been obsessed with the art of storytelling since I can remember. I remember being really into comic books when I was younger. In grade school, I used to draw my own—simple, three-page story arcs, which I shared with close friends. That sparked my interest in writing. As I got older, I experimented with screenplays and short stories. Eventually, I took a swing at writing a novel. Writing has become a daily routine and I continue because I’m passionate about it.
If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)
Awesome question! Stephen King’s IT, Robert McCammon’s Swan Song, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 because the irony is too good to pass up and, you know, it’s a great book!
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?
The most challenging thing I wrote was Demon Blood: Gateways. It was the second book in the series and I had reached about 60,000 words when I realized the plot wasn’t going anywhere and the story had gotten away from me. Simply put, I thought it sucked! I nuked that manuscript. It killed me throwing away those words, but you have to do what you have to do in order to tell the best story possible.
What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?
The word Irregardless because it’s not a word.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?
Oh, geez. This is one of those pick-your-favorite-child questions that are nearly impossible to answer. So I’ll cheat and pick two. Ritchie Naughton from my novel In the House of Mirrors would be one. To date, it’s the only novel I’ve written in first-person. I had fun getting inside Ritchie’s head and writing his cheeky dialogue. Another favorite is Soren Nygaard from the SUNFALL novels, a post-apocalyptic series I co-author. Soren is cunning, manipulative, and devious. He’s so much fun to work with. I always look forward to writing his scenes.
Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?
I can’t recall anything specific. I find the woods generally creepy. I’d say half of my stories have at least one scene that takes place in a forest or wooded area. And bad things tend to happen there…
What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?
About ten years ago, when I started to get serious about writing, I wrote a short story with the intent of getting it published, with no clue as to how any of this worked. I remember the story had to do with werewolves, but I can’t recall much else. Anyway, it was complete crap but I didn’t know it and sent it off to some publication whose name escapes me. The editor emailed me back and politely told me it was garbage. He also wrote me several paragraphs about what made it garbage and how I could improve as a writer. At the time, I didn’t realize how outside the norm this was and never properly thanked him. I’ve never received such a detailed rejection since.
How did you get that scar?
Which scar!?!? This scar? The twelve vertical inches of dead skin running down my leg? Hm, that’s a long story, but all I’ll say is it has to do with the state of Louisiana, a couple of bottle rockets, and a steel pipe sticking out of the ground. And stitches. Lots of stitches.
What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?
It would probably change constantly, but right now – Sabotage by the Beastie Boys.
Promote yourself and/or your writing
My Amazon author bio states I write “horror, mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers, although he prefers to blur genres and let the story fall where it may.” I love writing and telling stories and connecting with other writers and interacting with fans of my work. I enjoy good beer, bold coffee, and an occasional all-you-can-eat sushi feast. Above everything, I love my family, my wife and 18-month-old son, Jack. They’re my world.
As far as my work, my books are available online at every major book retailer. You can check out my Amazon page here, where you can read samples and grab a few stories for free. I also have a few books available in audiobook over at Audible.com. I’m all over social media – you can keep in touch over on my Facebook page, Goodreads, Twitter @timmmeyer11, and my blog. You can find info on new books, appearances, contact information, and giveaways at any of these places.
Whew! I’m out of breath!
Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?
Let’s see – you can purchase any of my books wherever books are sold, or you can email me at tfmeyer3(at)yahoo(dot)com for signed copies. Also, I just booked my table at Scares That Care Weekend: Chapter 4 in Williamsburg, VA, which will take place in July 2017. For those of you interested in hearing me and a few writer friends get silly, I also host a TV/Film podcast called Couch Warmers! You can find it in iTunes or Stitcher radio.
You ask a lot of good questions! Thanks for letting me ramble!
Thank you, Mr. Meyer, you’ve been a sport. You’ll find that your exit might be a different kind of sport…perhaps a rousing game of hide and seek with the resident spooks? Or a round of dodge ’em with the scorpions if you take a wrong turn? If you follow the map I scrawled on your hand in watercolor marker, you won’t lose your head. Happy Halloween!