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[Author Interview] Tim Baird

Welcome Tim Baird

Tim is a fantasy and science fiction author looking to share his wild ideas with the world. He has been an avid reader for his entire life and has always enjoyed writing, whether it be a technical report for work or a fictional story.

He lives in New England with his lovely wife & adorable son. He is an automation engineer by day and enjoy using his skills to volunteer with several youth robotics programs.

His next title is a dragon romance novel, titled ‘The Dragon in the Lighthouse’. It’ll be out in Summer 2022.

You can follow Tim through his social channels:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | BookBub | Website 

1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I am a husband, father, mechanical engineer, and lifelong lover of all things literary. I’m usually reading 1-2 books, writing 1-3 stories, and desperately trying to escape our busy world by disappearing into the woods of New England. I love building LEGOs with my son, playing the occasional video game, and spending time with my family.

My inspiration for writing comes from my experiences in the world coupled with my love of fantasy and science fiction. When I’m out on hiking and camping trips, I tend to take in the scenery around me and try to imagine exciting tales which could happen there or happened in the past to make the scene look the way it is. Especially if it involves dragons.

2. Describe your desk / writing space.
My desk is an old black sheet metal construction that I liberated from the dumpster bin at work. It’s covered in a variety of in-progress projects, bills to pay, and random tomfoolery which should have been put away by then (wip Magic: The Gathering decks, miniatures to paint, or random 3D printing projects).

3. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?
My writing routine would be described as ‘haphazard’ at best. As I work a lot of hours, have a 6 yo, and try to escape the house into the woods to hike as often as possible, I tend to avoid my laptop when I can. But I enjoy writing while I eat lunch and after my son goes to bed. So, I don’t write consistently at the same time every single day, but I have consistent time periods where it does happen, when it happens.

4. How do you come up with the title to your books?
I typically bulletize my story until I’m comfortable with ~75% of what will probably end up happening and then dive in without a title. While I type, I let the ideas/concepts simmer on the backburner and try to think of eye-catching words from the bullet list which might look nice sitting on my bookshelf. I then come up with 2-5 names and check out the Internet to see if that book name already exists or is something close.

Sometimes I sort things out and determine the name right away, and sometimes I end up changing it even after editing is complete.

5. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

My hardest scene to write was probably a drawn-out battle scene at the end of my third book. It involved a real-life mountain top with features that I wanted to get right, several dragons fighting with multiple humans mixed in. There were a lot of moving pieces and it was hard to get everything just right and make sense when read back.

My favorite scene to write was probably the ending of my first book. It involves a battle between the MC in a helicopter against a dragon on Mount Washington. Between the players and my love of the hiking area in question, it was really neat to work through and bring to life.

6. What inspired your book/series?
My series was inspired by two things: my lifelong love of hiking in New England and a trip that I took to Iceland during a semester abroad in college. I was camping on this island off the southern coast of Iceland inside the crater of an old volcano and the beginnings of the tale came to me while I laid there in my tent. I didn’t end up actually starting the story for another decade afterwards as I was pretty afraid to start a book. I’m now working on my 6th book and wish that I had started sooner when I first had the idea.

7. What are you working on next?
I have the concept drawn up for a monster hunting SFF story set in the present time/world. It’ll focus on a strong female character who needs to work through her day-to-day life while also ridding her town of creatures trying to kill her and everyone she loves. It’ll probably feel like a mix between Buffy and Ready Player One.

8. What authors or books have influenced your writing?
My writing has largely been influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien, John Scalzi, and numerous Star Wars novels over the past several decades. I love science fiction, fantasy, and especially stories which blend the two. If you can toss in some good action scenes, character development, and make me fall in love with the MC, then I’ll get hooked.

9. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?
If I could live ANYWHERE, it would probably be Rivendell from Lord of the Rings. If I had to say here in this reality, it would probably be in central/northern Vermont.

10. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal really depends on the day. Sometimes I love a good, juicy slice of brisket off my smoker paired with a nice salad and cornbread, whereas sometimes a simple grilled cheese will hit the spot. If I wasn’t worried about destroying my GI tract and gaining weight, I’d probably eat buffalo chicken dip and corn chips all day.

11. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?
I have a love/hate relationship with coffee but rely on it to survive. However, I do enjoy a good raspberry green tea when it’s cooler out. If I had to choose between wine or beer, I’ll typically go with wine (Riesling or Pinot Gris), but a Gin & Tonic with Bombay Sapphire really hits the spot.

12. Describe yourself in three words.
Lost but focused.

[Author Interview] Heather Rigney

RKB Writes Presents:

An Author Interview with Heather Rigney

Rhode Island fiction writer, blogger, journalist, and art teacher, Heather Rigney has written The Merrow Trilogy–a Rhode Island-based, dark, historical fantasy series about homicidal mermaids, the colonial suppression of women, and a present-day alcoholic funeral director trying to make sense of it all. In 2016, Waking the Merrow, Heather’s debut novel, won the United Kingdom’s Wishing Shelf Gold Award. In 2017, Waking made the top 5% in The Launchpad Manuscript Competition. Her writing has been featured in Motif Magazine, Stone Crowns Magazine, and Avenue Concept Magazine. Until Summer 2020, Heather was a weekly contributor to The Writer’s Blog by Inkitt.

Are your books available wide or only on Kindle Unlimited?

Waking the Merrow is Kindle Unlimited, but the other two are not. Both Waking the Merrow and Hunting the Merrow are Audible audiobooks and Caging the Merrow will be available as an audiobook in early 2022. All of my paperbacks are available in many fine indie bookstores throughout Rhode Island. Twice Told Tales is one of my favorite local bookstores and they’ve carried my books since 2014.

Do you have a new book coming out? If so, what’s the title and when?

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything new coming out soon. Instead, I’m opening a school for writing and art called The Orange Anchor Art School! I plan on teaching students ages 5 – 105 one mile outside Pawtuxet Village in Cranston, RI. To find out more, click here: www.orangeanchorartschool.com

You can follow Heather on her social channels:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Bookbub

  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I have always admired and been in love with the works of both Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter. Ms. Atwood writes about women in a raw, intimate way. She tackles science fiction/speculative fiction with a frighteningly thought-provoking, historically-accurate feminist edge. As for Angela Carter, she was so far ahead of her time. Her dark, erotic fairy tales explored radical libertarian feminism which really appealed to me in my late teens. These fearless women inspired me to explore the many sides of the female POV. I strive to shine a light on what it means to be a woman, to leave nothing out, to include all the beauty, shame, fear, honesty, and brutality.

2. Describe your desk/writing space.

My writing takes place in many places. Coffee shops, airplanes, trains, my car, the couch. I either write on a MacBook using Google Docs or Scrivener or I handwrite in a Moleskin journal.

3. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

When I started writing seriously, I would get up early and write from 5:15-6:30 AM most weekdays. Then, when I stopped teaching to raise my child, I would write while my little one was in school. I would write between 8:30 AM-noon most weekdays and my daily word counts were anywhere from 2,000-5,000 words. These days, I’ve been focusing on opening my school. Once that’s established, I look forward to blocking out an hour a two a day and re-establishing my writing routine.

4. How do you come up with the title to your books?

Waking the Merrow was a double entendre. ‘Waking’ is a reference to both a state of being (as in the awakening of the merrow) and funerals since my main character is a funeral director. The other two books follow suit–Hunting and Caging. A verb before the word Merrow, which is Gaelic for mermaid, indicates what is happening to the fishy characters in each book. 

5. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

Since this was my first book series, the whole process felt arduous because I often felt like a charlatan. I mean, I have a BFA in graphic design! What the hell do I know about writing? However, it seems that I did something right. I wrote the first book in 2014 and it’s still selling! 

My favorite scene to write was the very last one in the series. I remember where I was sitting, Dave’s Coffee on South Main Street in Providence. It was raining and I had just signed a new teaching contract that morning. It was a very bittersweet moment.

6. What inspired your book/series?

I was invited to collaborate on a now-retired, anthology called DIVE. It was a collection of short stories about mermaids or merfolk. Four authors were involved and I wrote a story called Mermaids are Not Nice. That was the birth of both my antagonist, Nomia, and protagonist, Evie McFagan. The short story received a lot of praise and more than one person stated that I needed to expand the world I had created. From there, I thought, I should make a trilogy out of this! I had no idea what I was getting myself into. 

7. What are you working on next?

I’ve started writing about my dad, Ray. He’s quite the character and there are a lot of strange, outrageous, and hilarious incidents that have shaped my life. For example, Ray recently hit me across the face with a walking stick. I think most people would be horrified if their parents assaulted them, but, for me, it’s just another day with Ray. He didn’t mean it, and it really was an accident, but it happened because he was harassing me–and this is Ray’s love language. I’ve got a lot of material to work with. 

8. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

(see #1)

9. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

Italy. Every morning, I would walk into a little village and chat up some old adorable men while sipping a perfect cappuccino. Next, I would go home and paint or write until the sun started its descent. Then, I would walk back into the village and drink my evening wine with the same little old men. This is how I plan on spending my twilight years. 

10. What is your favorite meal?

In order, I would love a dirty gin martini. Oysters on the half-shell. Caprese salad. A glass of El Oso Y La Alemana Toro Red. Spicy squid ink pasta with lots of garlic and seafood. All followed by a perfect chocolate chip cookie sprinkled with sea salt. 

11. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

I do love tea but I’m a total coffee snob. I’m always hunting for the perfect cup of coffee. As for wine vs beer, wine. I used to love beer but then I was diagnosed with a severe yeast allergy. Unfortunately, beer (and even more tragically, good bread!)  has become an unworthy risk. 

12. Describe yourself in three words.
Quirky. Neurotic. Extrovert.

[Appearances] Going to RICC 2021

ARIA goes to RICC!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors will selling books at Rhode Island Comic Con 2021.

Our Location:

We’ll be at tables: 613, 615, 617, 619, 621, 716, 718, 720.

Panels:

There will be two panels featuring our authors.

World Building – Mind Your Myths and Backstory

Rhode Island Convention Center 552

Saturday November 6, 2021 – 11:00 am to 11:45 am

There’s much to consider when constructing a mythical, magical, or futuristic world, and one important factor is the foundation myth or backstory. What does the writer need to know? What does the reader need to know? When do they need to know it? How does the backstory impact the characters and the current events on their world? Join us for a discussion on how to effectively craft a backstory and weave it into your tale. Panel hosted by the Association of RI Authors.

Writing the Other – Creating Characters Outside Your Comfort Zone

Rhode Island Convention Center 552

Sunday November 7, 2021 – 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Writing characters from different backgrounds than our own is both a challenge and an opportunity for authors. In this panel, we will explore the tools needed to write outside our own experiences to create three-dimensional characters. Topics will include the importance of research, the role of sensitive readers, and avoiding harmful stereotypes. Panel hosted by the Association of RI Authors.

Attending Authors

[EVENTS] Virtual Rhode Island Author Expo 2020

The Association of Rhode Island Authors is proud to announce that the Rhode Island Author Expo will be going virtual this year.

The Expo committee has been working hard to learn what needs to be done to put on a free virtual event.

The Rhode Island Author Expo website has been updated with a registration button, panel schedule and participating authors.

The event will be running from 10 AM – 5 PM and will be held on Zoom.

There’re author panels just like in years past along with keynote speakers and this year we’re trying something different with an author kaffeeklatsch, a nice intimate setting to sit down and talk to one of our many local authors.

I hope to see you at the Expo in December where I’ll be on two panels and a kaffeeklatsch.

You can find my schedule here.

[Appearance] Warwick Public Library Meet & Greet – CANCELED

The Warwick Public Library has cancelled the Warwick Public Library’s Author Meet & Greet scheduled for Saturday, March 28th.

The library is adhering to the Rhode Island State of Emergency that states people should stay away from events where large amounts of people may gather for fear of the corona virus.

No makeup date is forthcoming and the library said they will have us back next year at this time.

[Appearances] Boskone 57

Boskone, Feb 14-16, 2020

Association of Rhode Island Authors will once again be at Boskone 2020 this weekend in Boston.

Several authors like Mike Squatrito, Chris Paniccia and Tabitha Lord will be on several panels.

ARIA will also be in the dealer’s room selling sci-fi/fantasy books written by local authors, mine included.

Boskone has become favorite of mine because the con is still geared towards authors, it’s still a small con and it has a great deal of panels for everyone.

Check out the panels schedule here.

7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

The Association of Rhode Island Authors returns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on 12-7-19 from 10AM to 4:30 PM.

135+ authors including Jon Land, G. Wayne Miller, R. W. Alley, Zoe B Alley, John Barylick and more!

All genres represented! Writing panels & speakers!

Raffle drawings!

Santa for the kids!

Free parking and admission!

Looking for a personalized book then here’s your chance to get it signed by the author themselves!

Make sure to check out the Expo’s Facebook page for more announcements and RSVP via the Facebook Event page.

[Appearances] Rhode Island Comic Con 2019

Myself and members of the Association of Rhode Island Authors NecronARIA group a.k.a. the Fantasy and Sci-Fi troupe will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Table 613 – Tabitha Lord, Heather Rigney
Table 615 – Mike Squatrito, Jr. (Saturday & Sunday only), Christa Carmen (Friday & Saturday only), Paul Magnan (Sunday only)
Table 617 – Association of Rhode Island Authors
Table 619 – R. K. Bentley, Angelina Singer
Table 621- Christopher Paniccia
Table 716 – Emily Tallman, Deb Zannelli
Table 718 – A. Keith Carreiro, Coral Isabella Aurora
Table 720 – Russ Chevalier
RSVP on our Facebook Event Page