Tim Baker

Why do you write?

It’s something I’ve never really asked myself – I’m not big on self-analysis. I prefer show to tell.

Is writing your first love or do you have another passion?

I don’t think you can write without having many passions, but my very first love was reading.

What was the first book that made you cry?

My mother reading me “Goodnight Moon”, because when it was finished, it meant visiting time at the hospital was over.

What is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Never knowing how the novel is going to end until it’s completed.

Name a fictional character you consider a friend.

Jay Gatsby, because he throws a great party and always picks up the tab.

Did getting published change your perception of writing?

I was unprepared for the level of proof-reading that being published entails. It’s for this reason that I don’t read any of my books once they’re published – I’m already ready to move on to the next one.

Who inspires you and why?

Lately, it’s been our 17 year-old rescue cat, whose combination of tenacity and serenity is a marvel to behold, and my son, whose talent and dedication to theatre is inspiring and reminds me of the transcendent power and importance of youthful passion – something that is too often ignored.

Which book deserves more readers?

“JR” by William Gaddis because it so brilliantly anticipated contemporary America, and “A Game for the Living” by Patricia Highsmith for its intense psychological mood.

Do you have any friends that are writers? If so, do you show each other early drafts?

I don’t have any close friends who are writers, but I do have very close friends who are jazz musicians but no, I wouldn’t show them early drafts because I want to keep them as friends!

Who or what are you most excited to see at Newark Book Festival in July?

I am really excited to meet Nick Quantrill, a very generous and talented writer who is a Twitter friend but whom I’ve never actually met. I’m also looking forward to visiting the castle!

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