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Monster Mash Book Blitz Countdown Event and Giveaway: If Wishes Were Horses by Tim Hemlin
Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride. He has published in poetry journals, anthologies, and magazines--most notably in Ellery Queen. Currently he has six published novels, two short stories and is included in an anthology.
By day he is an educator; however after teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master's degree to work and is now a high school counselor. In addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman. He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.
Q&A With the Author:
What writers inspired you to become an author?
When I was in 7th
grade my English teacher, Mr. Perry Onion, handed out this thick paperback to
the class and at first I groaned. The
Hobbit? What in the world was a hobbit? It sounded dumb. The only books I’d
read at that point had been about sports, and they had pictures, too. Mr. Onion
introduced the book and read the beginning to us. He then told us to take it
home and read the next couple of chapters. I read that and more. I couldn’t put
it down. I decided right then and there I wanted to be Gandalf when I grew up. When
I told Mr. Onion how much I liked The Hobbit, he mentioned there were three
other books like it. My parents were shocked when I told them I wanted to read The Lord of the Rings, and they went
right out and bought me the series. I
read every word. Finding myself in Middle Earth surrounded by all these
fantastical creatures not only made me want to read more, it made me want to
become a writer.
long after being introduced to Tolkien I read Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea.
Quite a different style but it only reinforced my desire to write. Other
authors who have influenced me include Donald Hall, John Gardner, Robert B. Parker, Dashiell
Hammett, Phillip K Dick, Frank Herbert, Stephen King, Virginia Woolf, T.S.
Eliot, Kurt Vonnegut, and the indomitable Henry James.
" Neil Marshall is a graduate student in the University of Houston’s creative writing program and a promising young poet. However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So to make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high society caterer. Just when Neil’s life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect. To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a missing championship thoroughbred, Neil infiltrates the dark underworld of horse theft and illegal breeding. Neil’s friends—his attractive writing teacher, his cooking colleagues, and a freckle-faced teenage horsewoman—offer their support. But their cheers quickly turn to gasps when Neil becomes the hunted."