Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Nathan Timmel. Nathan has written the book, We Are 100.
First, let me thank you for joining me. I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?
Oh boy… that should be an easy question, but the truth is, I don’t remember. It’s just something I’ve always done from childhood. Ever since I could ham-fistedly grab a crayon, I was scribbling out words, then sentences, then paragraphs, and finally stories. So, I can’t really pinpoint a time when, say, my version of a John Keating inspired me, or the first story I ever wrote, because it’s been so long. I’ve just always been someone who has tried to get my thoughts out of my noggin using the written word.
Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?
Professionally, I’m a stand-up comedian. I stand on stage and yap funny stuff into a microphone.
My wife and I love stand-up comedy. I have to confess I googled yours and found myself laughing.
So what led you from comedy to writing?
But, being a fella with thoughts that aren’t always humorous, I needed an outlet for things that wouldn’t get a laugh. We Are 100 became a conduit for thoughts of mine that wouldn’t work in a comedy club.
What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?
Because I’m a comedian, writing is my hobby. I spend a lot of time sitting in hotel rooms, and use writing as a way of being productive. Instead of watching TV, or drinking, I pound away at the keyboard.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?
I guess the only thing I would say would be to write, write, and then re-write. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you hunker down and try.
What is the best advice you have ever been given as a writer?
I had an English Lit. professor in college that explained that there was an audience for everything. Everything. Just because one person doesn’t like your story, doesn’t mean another person won’t love it. So, write the stories you want to write; don’t write what you think other people want to read. Don’t chase an audience, create it.
How many hours a day do you write?It varies… I write when I have an idea. I’ve never written for the sake of “getting my reps in.” If I have nothing to say, I’m not going to force it.
What is your favorite part about writing?
The editing. While I enjoy barfing an idea out onto the page, to me the real fun is going back and honing it; making the words crisp and pointed.
What does literary success look like to you?
The simple act of accomplishment is a form of success. You finished something, which is fantastic. When I finished my first book, I had a thousand people tell me, “Yeah, I’m thinking about writing a book, too.” That was over a decade ago, and only one person followed through. It’s one thing to fantasize, and another to put in the effort. So, if you write a book, that’s success right there.
Please tell us about your current release.
Can you read / provide us with a small excerpt?
What exciting story are you working on next?
Right now, I’m focusing on my recording my seventh stand-up comedy album. After that, I have another nonfiction work bouncing around my noggin.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jon Krakauer, Michael Lewis, and Malcom Gladwell.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I don’t think Michael Perry’s Population 485 is widely-enough known. It’s really worth a read.
Any plans for the upcoming holiday?
I plan on telling the world that my book would make a great Arbor Day gift. Take that, trees!
What part of writing and publishing was most difficult for you?
Oh boy… I’d have to say the most difficult thing was getting the margins correct. Every time I uploaded the book, a glitch in the system would add page breaks where there were no page breaks, words would get cut off…
Translating a Microsoft Word Doc into a publishable book is a pain in the tuckus.
But it’s worth it in the end.
One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?
Add your links here again
The book is available on Amazon, found here…
Or you can always click through my website, at nathantimmel.com