Wading Through Quicksand
By Tim Smith
I’m often asked where I get the ideas or characters for my stories. There are a lot of real life experiences in each book, and some hit closer to home than others. When I wrote the romantic comedies I borrowed heavily from my own battles in the relationship wars. Many of my characters are based on people I know – just don’t tell them. Very often I’ll read or hear something interesting then ask myself, “What if this happened…?” This was the starting point for one of my books, where the lead characters end up in The Florida Keys at Christmas unexpectedly alone. The same thing had happened to me once, where my traveling companion had to bail at the last minute and I ended up going by myself.
No matter what type of story I’m writing or where it takes place, I strive to make it as atmospheric as possible. I love it when a reader tells me they felt like they were in the scene with the characters. I use realistic dialogue, writing what I hear people say on a daily basis. I also take great pains to craft characters with human flaws and quirky personalities, to make them step off the page. I’m not a fan of cardboard characters and heroes who come off as perfect.
Tim Smith is the author of seven novels, from thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He recently released the romantic intrigue novel, “The Bundle” through eXtasy Books. He is also an award-winning freelance photographer and when he isn’t pursuing these two passions, he works in the human services field as a case manager for adults with disabilities. His website is www.timsmithauthor.com.