About me

Let me begin by saying I hate writing bios about myself. I’ve had to do it a few times since I became an author, and it doesn’t get any easier.

It would be nice if I had somebody else to write it for me, but sadly I can’t afford such luxuries yet. I suppose I could have written it in the third person, talking about myself as if I were not me…but I am me so I just couldn’t do it.

DJ Tim

Anyway, I was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island. I’m old enough to remember Get Smart, The Flintstones and Hogan’s Heroes when they were on in prime-time. I moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 2006, and then to Flagler Beach in 2019, and I love it here. Before I moved, my older brother suggested I visit Florida in August to make sure I could handle the heat. I told him if I never have to hear the words “the high temperature today will be six” I can handle all the heat in the world.

I am the fifth child of seven, I have a sweet tooth (at least that’s what people tell me – I don’t see it, myself), I’m a Libra and I’m left-handed (all the great ones are!).  My favorite movie is Jaws, I believe that Adam West is the ONLY Batman and I think shoes and neckties should be issued only as forms of corporal punishment.

I love music – all kinds of music. Having four older brothers, all teenagers during the sixties, I was raised listening to The Beatles. I was the only kid in the 3rd grade to know who Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimi Hendrix were.

I am a lifetime member of Red Sox Nation (sort of mandatory if you’re a member of my family). I have played just about every sport you can play at some level or another. I hold a Black Belt in Kenpo (Nick Cerio’s Kenpo – Rest in Peace Professor Cerio) and I taught martial arts for two years before moving to Florida.

In 1992 I read a small article in the local paper about an organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind looking for volunteer puppy raisers. It took me all of about 12 seconds to decide to call the number and for the next eight years I raised and socialized puppies as potential Guide Dogs (part of the story behind the “Blindogg” moniker).

I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, but it wasn’t until 1988 that I actually tried to write something. It was a story called Full Circle and I managed to write about 15 chapters before I put it aside (temporarily).

About a year after I moved to Florida I had a dream about two old friends. It was, like most dreams, very bizarre. The next day I couldn’t get the dream out of my head…it was such a strange little vignette that I felt compelled to figure out “the rest of the story”. When I got home that night I sat down in front of the computer and began writing the story down. I began with the words “The whole thing started with a dream.”

Six or seven months later I had a first draft and after a year it was a completed manuscript, which would become my first novel, Living the Dream.

Before it was even published I began writing my second, Water Hazard, and I haven’t stopped since. I have even completed (re-written is probably a more accurate word) Full Circle!

Let’s see…anything else?

I can’t think of anything else you’d be interested in knowing about me – but then again I can’t imagine what I’ve said so far keeping you on the edge of your seat either.

So if there’s anything else you’d like to know feel free to ask – I don’t have too much to hide! You can find a few different ways to contact me on the contact page.

101 responses to “About me

  1. Considering you don’t like writing bios you did very well. It was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. Left handed people are in their right minds. I’m left handed as well. 😉

  2. Becky

    You’re AMAZING – and I’m soooooo VERY proud of you!

  3. I am not surprised in the least that you are a left handed Libra. (I’m a lefty Pisces–so we’re practically cousins) You didn’t mention your architectural background–which says so much about you! You’re a creative yet concrete thinker..which is the perfect combination for a good writer–structured,analytic thought blended with a drive to create. Looking forward to that next book!!

    • Perse Show

      What architectural background are we talking about? Please elaborate, blog author! You mentioned writing books…are they available for free anywhere?
      I’m especially interested in your answers because I’m a bit of an architect myself, and definitely a book writer, as you can see by my blog.

      -Perse

  4. Tim I so remember you and I taking a ride to cumberland farms the night we all played Risk, and you telling me about Full Circle, long before you moved or even thought about writing the way you do now. You have been an inspiration to me, YOu have come a long way kid!!!!

  5. Don’t apologize, Tim. There’s no need. You wrote a fun biography and I feel like I have a good idea of who wrote it, so mission accomplished! Now, as for your choice of who is your favorite Batman…

  6. Hi Tim – thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow. I happened upon yours through our mutual blogging friend, Armand, and liked your current post. Looking forward to hearing more of what you have to say in 2014.

  7. Victoria

    Awesome to connect with you! I love visiting Florida!

  8. I enjoyed your bio, and I’m so impressed that you fostered puppies as potential guide dogs–and I enjoyed the story behind your name. (Btw, Pagadan is a character in some of James H. Schmitz’ SF stories.).

  9. Love your website and your blog! I love how dreams become real when we decide to make them happen!

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  11. For someone who hates to write bios, that was a long one! 🙂 That said, I enjoyed it! I too am left-handed (indeed, all the great ones are), enjoy the heat immensely (115 is nothing to me) and can quote the entire movie of Jaws. You talking about porkers? Cheers!

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  13. Clearly we’re from the same milieu, plus we’re both left-handed!

    My only gripe is that you’re a Red Sox fan. I’m from St. Louis. 😉

  14. Another lefty—yay! Thanks for following my blog, which brought me here. Love your bio, and I look forward to reading more of your writing.

    • Hi there! I was reading another blog post yesterday (don’t remember where) and I liked a comment you made on it so I went over to your page…and here we are! Great to meet you!

  15. Hi There, Thanks for the follow your about me is very interesting and I hope to check out more of your posts soon! : )

    PS: I am left handed too! 😀

  16. Hello! Always happy to meet a fellow lefty!!

  17. I enjoyed your ‘about me’ and I’m amazed by how many books you’ve actually written without publishing your first one. Keep up the good work.

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Interesting ‘About’… Raising guide dogs has to be very rewarding when you see how your work has helped someone less fortunate.

    I agree with your statement: “It’s this simple – you will never get more out of writing than you are willing to put into it.”
    As Steven King said, “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

  19. Hey Tom…you sound like a born writer…a man who just had to write, because it came so naturally…if you’re anything like me, writing makes you bubble with a strange happiness and you’re a much better person for it. I know I get mean and grouchy when I refuse to express those themes, dreams, etc….finally, thanks for FOLLOWING my blog….this way we can stay in touch…Om from south India.

  20. Just FOLLOWED your blog….

  21. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the recent blog follow. It led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    How nice to meet a fellow New Englander (I hail from Boston myself), and a fellow Red Sox fan. Do you miss our lovely New England winters, now that you are living in Florida?

    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

  22. I’d be lying if I said I missed N.E. winters! Although I do miss springtime – it was always my favorite season. Here in Florida we only have two seasons…Summer and pre-summer!

  23. nerdycanuck

    Thanks for following my blog! Looking forward to seeing more posts and agree Adam West is the only batman:)

  24. Hi Tim,
    Thanks or your follow and I am also left-handed 🙂

  25. silverliningsanddustbunnies

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for the follow! Appreciated much. I am a lefty who was converted to a righty back at a time when they thought that was the thing to do. Messes the brain up. Anyway, I like your BIO, and look forward to spending more time on your blog.

  26. Thanks for the follow-I follow back. You have wonderful stories-congrats on the books. I’ll look for them. Very cool about the puppy raising. Thanks for sharing your dream and the love of music. It’s interesting how music is a backdrop for so many our stories. Also thanks for the article on Indie publishing-great info. Here’s to writing and more writing!

  27. Nice to meet you Tim. Thank you for the follow and I look forward to reading your stories and blog. Thanks again ~

  28. Thanks very much for the follow! It’s nice to meet a fellow Red Sox fan. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  29. Looking good, friend! It’s a new Tim, for a new era!

  30. Great to hear about your work socialising guide dogs. I am now working with my 4th guide dog, Trigger. I have great admiration for those who look after guide dog puppies. You must have become very fond of the dogs and found it difficult to give them up at the end of your time together, Kevin

    • I always grew very attached to my puppies, especially after 14 months, which led to some separation anxiety – but the pride of accomplishment quickly trumped the sadness of giving the dog up!!
      Thanks for the comment, Kevin and best wishes to you and your dogs!

  31. Thanks for the like and the follow. I’m a dog lover as well. My dog Touch is my only companion. She hates it when I leave, wants me to come back, and is glad to see me when I do–like a good Hooker.

  32. Hi! Nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog, and I look forward to learning more about you through your posts. And hugs for working with guide dogs – – – check out the right side of my blog – a couple of wonderful site links there to learn about PTSD dogs for wounded warriors. Best, Leiah

  33. Tim, thanks for visiting my site and choosing to follow along.

  34. I, too, am left-handed, all my best friends are Librans, and I take it as a personal item of faith that Adam West is – absolutely – the ONLY Batman.

    Thanks for following my blog. I like what you do here, and look forward to visiting often.

  35. Hi, Tim! Just dropping in to say thank you for visiting my blog, and for the follow! Your ‘about’ page is great, and I will be following your blog…look forward to reading more! Wishing you a very happy New Year! 🙂

  36. Perse

    Hey, I hope you don’t mind but I nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award. Don’t feel obligated to accept if you don’t want to. You have a great blog here. Here’s a link to my post on how to accept:
    https://perseshow.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/nominated/

  37. Thanks for the follow. I hope you enjoy my future posts.

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  39. R J Madigan

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the follow. Following you back now. Looking forward to sharing ideas.

    Thanks

    Rae.

  40. Thanks for the follow Tim. I really enjoyed reading your bio. I think it’s wonderful that you train guide dogs! I have to admit though, the perfect Batman for me will always be Christian Bale 🙂

  41. Your life sounds like a book. 🙂

    Born in S. Florida, I now live in North Florida, but lived in several different states first. I watched Star Trek when it first appeared on TV but rarely watched Hogan’s Heroes. My mom was a secretary in an Arizona POW camp & considered it an insult to the sacrifices of our soldiers. Later, when I read her account of what happened in the Papago Park POW camp “great escape”, the real reason became clear.

    My books started out from recurring dreams, too. If you took a poll, how many authors do you think would say the same thing?

    • Many writers say writing is their dream, and I think many of them owe it to a dream!
      Is your mom’s book available? It sounds fascinating…I’ve always loved stories about WWII.

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  43. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Tim. I hope you have found lots to entertain you and perhaps made some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for some time check it out again! Good luck with your novels and projects. Regards Thom.

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  45. Psyched that you are following me! Glad you took the time to write your own bio else I might have believed you’ve come from a long line of ummm, well…bakers. Based on your first hand knowledge of The Flintstones, you might appreciate checking out 50 Years Revisited One at a Time easily accessible on 50Figment.

    I’m going to have to add all of your books to my reading list. Cheers!

  46. Thank you so much for visiting and following me and Millie. 🙂 I sympathise with the bio-writing reluctance – I hate writing them as well, and I haven’t done half as much with my life as you have with yours!

  47. PS – I also agree with you about Batman – Adam West IS the only one.;)

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  49. Perse

    Consider yourself nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Accept or don’t, it’s all up to you. Either way, congratulations. 🙂
    https://perseshow.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/versatile-blogger-award-again/

  50. Murf

    So have the Bakers formally taken over Palm Coast, or is still being adjudicated??
    Keep smiling

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