In the Author’s Spotlight Please Welcome Tim Yingling!

This week please welcome Tim Yingling! Welcome Tim! I’m thrilled that you’ve joined us this week! There’s a lot of questions I’d like to throw at you so please grab a glove lol. Okay, okay, I’m kidding. Let’s begin!
What made you want to be a writer?
– Just constant reading is what did it in for me. Reading all the time, I thought to myself one day that maybe I could do the same thing.
What genre’s do you write or delve into?– My first two books are Action/Thrillers, but the books I have planned out from here on out deal with all kinds of genres. I don’t want to hold myself to one type and become stereotypical. If I would have to say which genre most of my story will deal with would be leaning more towards horror. It’s just building the planned universe I have up to that point.
Tell us about your novel and if how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
– This novel along with my first novel are published through Solstice Publishing and you can find them on there as well as Amazon Kindle and paper version, as well as Barnes & Noble.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author and then become an author?– I have to use the great Stephen King’s quote here. He says, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” A lot of people don’t agree with that one bit, but I have to for one reason. The more you read the more you can learn how to put your ideas to paper. Learn from the people before you and go from there.
What inspired you to write about teens?– High School Hitmen was actually something that I had thought about writing when I was back in high school myself. I told a friend of mine about it and he encouraged me to go for it. Why it took me so long to do is because I was more afraid of failure. Finally, I just said go for it and started to write. It’s not so much about the teen aspect in the story, though.
Did you experience pressures in high school? If yes what were they?
– If a teenager says they do not experience pressures in high school they are not only lying to you but also to themselves. Everyone experiences pressures, it’s just how one deals with them is the question.
What audience do you want to reach and why?– This one is much like a lot of other people. I am aiming for that prime age group of 18 and up. I know that is extremely diverse, but that’s really it. I really want to get those people that are into expanded universes, action, horror, and the likes of.
What kind of impact ‘if any’ do you want your book to have on the next generation?
– I want the next generation to look at me and think about how I got my foot into the door of the writing industry while still being in the military. No dream is too big for anyone to accomplish. There are a lot of people out there who didn’t get their breaks until they were in their late 30s and up. Never stop going for it.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
– The anticipation of waiting for word if your novel was picked up or not. Everything before and after you can take your time on, even though not so much after.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.– I have three kids, one of which is under 1, there is no atmosphere for me. I write when I can sit at the computer and get words on paper.
Do you need special treats or goodies to help you write?
– Nothing of the sorts. I just need my computer.
Which do you prefer the most, traditional or self-publishing and why?– I have tried both and both of them have their pros and cons. But for me, I would say, with the job I have, I would prefer traditional.
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.
– The constant naysayers and critics before you even finish the book. The ones who try to break you down because you want to do something with your life. They need to leave.
Which character in your novel can you identify with most?– Much like a lot of writers out there, I base characters off of people I know. So, the main characters are the ones I most relate to, easily.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?– My family is my only encouragement. I want to make it as a writer for them. They are who I work for.
How do you market your novels?
– Right now, I only use social media. I am trying to email newspapers of places I have lived to see if they are interested in doing anything, but have heard nothing back yet. I wish I could go out and do book signings but I just have no time for that.
Who is the first person who reads your finished manuscripts?– I wish I could say it would be my wife, but she doesn’t read. It just depends on if anyone wants to beta read my latest or not.

Since my blog is part about the supernatural and paranormal, do you believe in the supernatural or paranormal realm? Even if it’s not your genre.– When it comes to the supernatural and paranormal, my wife and I do believe that we have had some sort of entity living with us for a long time. It’s not a dangerous entity, but it’s here all the same.
Do you believe in the existence of Jesus and Satan??– This is going to upset a lot of people I know, but I am an atheist. That’s not to say that any of my books won’t deal with religious aspects, as a matter of fact, an entire serious is dedicated to all the religions of the world. Except scientology, I can’t justify that religion.
What sorts of things do you enjoy when you aren’t writing?– I love to get out and exercise. I’m trying to get five or six miles average a day and hit the gym a lot doing crossfit. Then there is also reading, and I do have a vast collection of movies. I have a wide range of hobby’s to say the least.
Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is. I know this may seem silly but allow your readers to know more about you.– Tuna Fish Casserole is by far my favorite dish, hands down. As far as color goes, I use to love black just because of the absence of light. I dark natured to say the least.
Now a fun game I’ll ask what your preference. Let your readers know what you enjoy.
Dijiorno or pizza delivery?
– Depends on the delivery. I will take Dominos any day of the week. But if it’s Pizza Hut, give me Dijiorno.
Chocolate or Vanilla?– Vanilla
Golf or miniature golf?– I want to get out and Golf every single Sunday, but I can’t really do that trying to afford four kids, three who live with me.
Swimming pool or the ocean?– Ocean, hands down. But I’ll take what I can get.
Sunshine or the shade?– Shade will do it for me.
Gun or attack dog?– Both. I love dogs and I love guns.
What are some mistakes you see author’s make?– New authors, and I am included in this boat, is jumping into the publishing game way too soon.
What are some mistakes you wish you didn’t make when you were a new author?– Like I said, jumping in too soon. I saw a vanity press and thought that would be great. Spent a great deal of money right after I finished my first draft and then they said a little bit down the road to give them something or forfeit my investment. Don’t ever do that.
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors or published authors?– Take your time. That’s it. No one makes the schedule besides you.
Do you doubt yourself at times? When you do what helps you get over the slump?– Everyone has doubts. The way I found to get over my doubts is by starting another story. Once I feel I can get back into the previous story, I’m good.
When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
– I’m only on the third draft of my next novel. I hope to be done with it in the next couple of months and have it out by the end of the year. No guarantees though. But right now, the title is Certain Darkening and it’s more of an Action/Horror than anything. There are other aspects to it, but I don’t want to give it away because it is part of the twist. So far, all of the books I have written, with exception to one (my current WIP), have been part of a wider universe but some of them have their episodic novels. This isn’t one of the episodic novels. It is a stand-alone book that will give a wider explanation to the entire series.

Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
Solstice Publishing:
Twitter: @TimYingling

High School Hitmen

Gosh Tim, thank you so much for allowing us to know more about you. I’d say this novel of yours is a killer!
Everyone thanks so much for joining us on another fabulous author interview. Follow this blog because next time, we have a classy, wonderful children’s book author that you don’t want to miss! Keep writing and reading! Above all, be sober, be vigilant!


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