Friday, September 25, 2009

Author Fridays Presents...Tim Maddox!

Welcome to another edition of Author Fridays!  Sit back, get comfortable and read about this week's featured author, Tim Maddox!


Tim Maddox is the author of two works of fiction.  The first, "A Memory of Lessons" tells the story of a young boy in the 1960's and his adventures.  It is published by Publish America

"The Summer That Hope Lived", published by Author House

tells the story of a family torn apart by depression and war, and what it will take to bring them back together.


At 41-years-old, Tim loves his family, loves being outdoors, enjoys bird watching and thanks God everyday for his wife and children and the abilities given to him.  He enjoys reading, but would rather write.  "My favorite authors," Tim says, "are Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Wilson Rawls."


In his early 20's, Maddox had a passion for writing.  He wanted to write poetry.  "Unfortunately," he says, "there was a house fire and all my work was lost.  I then lost the desire to write.  Almost twenty years later I had a medical emergency.  While I was in the hospital, the desire came back to me."


"Honestly I don't know how to explain it," he said, when I asked him how he got his ideas for stories.  "They just come to me.  I believe that people of all ages can enjoy my books.  They are written so that children can comprehend them and adults can relate to them.  My hope is that the readers will get a good feeling from the books.  I also hope that the children will learn some good lessons and the adults will recall good memories."


The first thing Tim Maddox would say to any aspiring author would be to, "write from your heart.  Second, find your true style and stick with it.  Third, get the book 'The Elements of Style' by William Strunk & EB White.  The last thing is – if you get stumped don't panic!"


Currently, Tim is working on his third book.  He hasn't decided on the title, yet, but he believes the story is coming along nicely.


When I asked Tim if there was anything else he would like to share with us, he said, "I am also involved in a great cause to help support our troops called 'Operation Desert Swap'.  I will be 'adopting' a soldier and will send him my book along with letters and care packages during his deployment.  You can check for updates about that and my next book on my website


Thank you, Tim for allowing me to interview you and post your article on my blog!  I also have joined Operation Desert Swap and look forward to sending a copy of my book to my soldier. For more information about ODS, go to their website


Thank you for joining me for this week's edition of Author Fridays!  Don't forget to come back next Friday, same place, same time to read about our next featured author, Bonnie Carlson!

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