Tim admits his decision to write extreme horror, “… Was kind of by accident. My first three books were more mainstream horror. Then I read Off Season by Jack Ketchum and loved it. I wondered if I could write something like that, so I wrote Family Night and to my surprise it was quite popular. So I stayed with it. Plus it was so much fun to write without feeling like I had to hold anything back.” And holds nothing back he does. Everything from killer clowns to cannibal ladies, Tim has managed to keep his writing on a plane that equals some of the most popular published authors out there.
“Perks is having 100% control over our work, rights and no middlemen to take part of your money,” explains Tim, “Also I make all my own decisions and don’t have to pitch anything to anyone. The readers are the ones who decide if a book is good or not. Not a board of douche bags. Downfalls is you’re a total one man show. So you are responsible for everything and it can get overwhelming sometimes. Then there is the stigma. Despite all the progress there has been made in the industry regarding indie authors, there is always going to be a segment that sees us as hacks and will refuse to recognize us. That’s fine with me. I mean it can be frustrating at times, not being accepted by your peers. But I also see publishers going out of business and leaving authors to scramble to re-home their books. I will never have that issue. So the positives far outweigh the negatives.”
With his business ducks all in a row, Tim reflects on one of his many career highlights: “Last year Alamo City Comic Con was like winning the Super Bowl. I sold around 100 books; I did a panel in front of around 60-70 fans I didn’t even know I had. And at that same weekend Bernard Rose, the director of Candyman, came by my table. We chatted for a long time about books and movies, then he bought all four books of my April Almighty series. I mean it will take a lot to beat that weekend.” Undoubtedly a weekend to remember, and Mr. Rose made an excellent choice with the April Almighty books.
Now for the most important thing: what kind of music does Tim Miller listen to? “I listen to a little bit of everything, depends on my mood. I could listen to Slayer one minute then Taylor Swift another lol. But I am a long time, old school Metallica fan. I've got a Spotify playlist with all kinds of crazy stuff on it, but I often go back to Metallica’s Live Shit: Binge & Purge. I saw them live in San Diego in 1994.” Metallica and Slayer – no wonder Tim is so cool. Despite the Taylor Swift, Tim Miller, you ROCK!
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