Quarantine (Author Interview)


Quarantine looks like an exciting start to a sci-fi trilogy.  Can you tell us a little about Christopher?

At this point in time, Christopher is a middle-aged man. However, due to a life-extending retrovirus, developed by his wife long before they were married, he appears to be in his late twenties or early thirties. In the early 1960s, Christopher discovered a counter-intuitive principle in the nature of gravity that allowed him to manipulate the force and direction of the weak force. Christopher, and his three closest friends from high school, parlay this discovery into a space drive that uses no rocket-based propulsion and a ship capable of leaving Earth and traveling out into space. This ability allows Christopher, his closest friends Horace (Peanut), Riley, and Chuck, to live out one of their dreams from high school. That is the ability to live lives without the influence, prejudice, racism, and ongoing potential for violence their terrestrial Black cousins face from whites in the United States every moment of every day.

Personally, he's exceptionally bright, somewhat reticent, but utterly devoted to his friends who are as close to him as life-long family.

Can you tell us a little about the world and setting in Quarantine?

The world isn't much different than the one we live in now. Nonwhites still face the challenges that have existed on the North American continent for over 400 years. The political situation in the U.S. is in turmoil because everyone on Earth knows about Christopher's community of space-faring African Americans and the fact that the technologies, medical advances, and their ability to travel the solar system will never be shared with anyone on Earth. This sets up a dynamic tension that amounts to a de facto state of war between the all-black colony and the United States military.

What inspired you when writing Quarantine?   

Beijing Vampires (Author Interview)

Beijing Vampires looks like an exciting vampire thriller.  What can you tell us about Red the main character?
Red is a lovely, caring girl who is enjoying life in Inner Mongolia. During the Qing Dynasty, she is sent to Beijing to serve the Emperor, and is based in part on Zhenfei, the First Consort, or wife of the Emperor.   She is pure and has powers to fight the powerful Vampire that has arrived from Europe.  As fate has it, she can see vampires, and her unusual abilities and goodness threaten the vampires, and chaos develops. 

What inspired you when writing Beijing Vampires?   

I started this story in the middle, with a vibrant scene in a bar.  Likely there were a few beers in me at that bar when I wrote the first scene.  The historical setting came later.  One of the problems is that the characters are based on people I knew and I kept adding more details over time.  I couldn’t get the story out of my head until it was published.

Any chance this will be the first of a series?

I will let it rest as some of the scenes were hard to write and gave me nightmares.  Let’s just say that I put aside many chapters and stories to get to this shorter version focusing on Red. 

How did you come up with the story in Beijing Vampires?

This evolved over quite a long time.  It started as just a few scenes and characters in present day Beijing.  I wrote more about the villains, vampires, parasites sucking wealth and goodness out of others.  I taught economics and studied finance and started to consider flipping the rules upside down.  I sprinkled some economic and finance puzzles in the book for the reader. 

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Beijing Vampires?

I tried to make as much authentic as I could while adding the fantasy figure of a powerful vampire on top of the real world.  I visited every location, and most modern scenes are authentic.  Some of the military scenes with the US and Chinese military took some time to refine and do justice to the soldiers and Marines.  I modeled the main Vampire after Bram Stoker’s Dracula, who had many business capabilities.  I also did a lot of research into the economics and historical elements found in the story. An odd thing is that some friends who read this had no problem with the concept of vampires in Bejing, but found discrepancies with some historical locations and street names.   I decided not to describe the characters in too much detail but to let the readers use their own imagination of visuals and images. 

The Dawn of Unions (Author Interview)

The Dawn of Unions looks like a fantastic fantasy adventure. Can you tell us a little about the book?
            So, the Dawn of Unions serves as a reader’s first foothold on the world of Skolf, and by extension, into the series, “The Cycle of Bones.” Skolf is a world that exists very clearly in my mind, and I’m excited to bring the proverbial “monsters in my head” to readers. As a setting, Skolf has a ton of cultural, linguistic, economic, and magical detail. The truth is, however, that it doesn’t matter how many languages, cultures, magic systems, monsters, or machinations exist in a given world. While everyone wants that rich detail, too much detail given too fast can actually be a barrier to reading.
With this first book, it was important to me to pick a place, and people who were comparatively isolated. I wanted to find a little microcosm, a little slice of the broader world, the larger story to come. The events in a sovereign county in the comparative middle of nowhere seemed like the right place to begin. A single village in that county – the village of Westsong? That seemed to be just about the perfect fit.

How many books are going to be in the “Cycle of Bones” series?
            That’s an excellent question. The answer is, honestly, I’m not entirely sure. I know the road, as it were, and how it ends. It’s the details along that road which are still a bit blurry for me. Yeah, that was a blind joke. Getting to journey’s end could take as few as three novels and one novella, but might take a bit longer. I write reasonably quickly, though. Knowing the world so well makes that process easier.

What inspired you when writing The Dawn of Unions?
            Certainly there are a ton of authors who have inspired me over the years (King, Tolkien, Hamilton, Crichton, Sanderson,) but that just scratches the surface. As you know, I’m legally blind. While that’s been the case from birth, my condition’s degenerative. That means that as time has passed, I’ve had to give up activities I’d previously thrown myself into with all the zeal and abandon that time, effort, and my body would allow. I spent about a decade fighting Western martial arts heavy combat. Full armor, swords, spears, crossbows with blunted bolts, etc. I went all over the country doing it, met some remarkable people, learned a lot, and ultimately fought beside, trained, and led people on the field. None of this was scripted or choreographed, it was all spontaneous. While this particular martial art, like most others has regulations and safety requirements, it was dangerous, unpredictable, exciting, demanding, and very nearly the most fun I’ve ever had. When my vision loss meant I had to retire from that particular activity, I was gutted.

The Noise of War: A Tale of Ancient Rome (The Sertorius Scrolls Book 2)

The only survivor of a brutal battle, driven by a desperate need to see his family again…

Rome, 105 BC. Quintus Sertorius fought while the enemy slaughtered 90,000 of his brethren in the city’s bloodiest defeat. Battling night terrors and survivor’s guilt, he vows to preserve his beloved Rome and embarks on a covert mission deep into enemy territory.
Sertorius grows his beard and disguises himself in the garb of a Gaul, all the while his stomach churns with fear of discovery. But in order to gain vital information about the invaders, he must sink deeper into their ranks. As he uncovers the depths of the barbarian’s depravity he alone will have to rise to Rome’s aid.
Will Sertorius avenge his comrades and reunite with loved ones, or will the next massacre mark the end of the Republic?
The Noise of War is the second book in the best-selling Sertorius Scrolls historical fiction series. If you like vivid backdrops, the courage of conviction, and a fight for survival, then you’ll love Vincent B. Davis II’s compelling saga.

Buy The Noise of War to don your armor for a heart-pounding adventure today!

Lady Capers (Author Interview)

Lady Capers looks like a great short collection.  How many stories are included?
Thank you.  I hope readers enjoy it.  Lady Capers is a trilogy of three unique women.  I wanted each story to provide the reader with a break from their daily trials, but not be so large that the manuscript feels like a homework assignment.  What adult wants to do homework after a long day at work?  Three stories made sense and interior designers say to group objects in odd numbers.

How did you come up with the stories in the book and any plans for a series of shorts?  
Each story was created as a single, stand alone story at first.  While they don’t contain actual historic events or people from real life, there are small pieces of myself in each story.  For instance, Mary Jane smacks her head on the freezer door handle while looking for the Thousand Island dressing.  Honestly, I’ve never had the dressing as I’m allergic to eggs, but I did once bang my head looking for leftover tacos.  With Emily, she receives a notice for jury duty.  When I received one after voting in a primary election, my imagination went a little wild and created her world.  And, yes, I called in for that jury duty, but never had to report.  Lastly, with Anne, when she is waiting for Alexandre to pause his work, I mention Anne’s leg pain due to being crammed in the womb a little tight.  I still cannot sit on my legs today as I think my c-section was a week late too and I was also out of real estate in the womb.

Funny you should mention plans.  Mary Jane Keller is by far the most memorable character I’ve written.  She goes from social butterfly to worrier to needing a tranquilizer in less than five minutes flat.  There are so many stories and novels in my future plans.  Mary Jane just might get her own book.

The Price of Time


Would your character change ...
if you had all the money in the world?
And all the time?
Would you become a better person?
Or worse?

Imagine Agatha Christie meets Michael Crichton in a fast-paced, philosophical mystery thriller.

There’s a secret in Silicon Valley. A discovery. An invention. One so startling and surprisingly sinister that it needs to be concealed—at any price.

Tim Tigner takes a step back from his bestselling Kyle Achilles series to introduce Zachary Chase and Skylar Fawkes in a fresh standalone novel that’s bound to keep you glued and guessing. With secluded meetings, sudden disappearances and strange murders; secret agents, skillful assassins and sexy locations; The Price of Time is packed with fast-paced action and first-class intellectual intrigue.

Propelling the thrills and perched at the middle of the mystery is one of humanity’s great questions: Would finding the Fountain of Youth be a blessing?

Prepare for sleep-deprived nights and skipped chores while repeating the phrase: "Just one more page."

"Tim Tigner is the antidote of Dull." —Steve Wilson

"Clever to the point where you can't put the book down.” —Maryellen Crane

"I defy anyone to anticipate his plot twists." —Henry Shop

"Still trying to catch my breath. He is a superb storyteller." —Amy Peck

"A thinking person's thriller." —Glen Robins

Amazon named Tim Tigner an All-Star Author in December, 2017 and every month since for being one of the most popular authors on Kindle.

His books are recommended for fans of David Baldacci, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Nelson DeMille’s John Corey, Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, Mark Greaney’s Gray Man, Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport, Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon, Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan, Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath, and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon.

Sow the Wind: A Political End-Times Thriller (The Whirlwind Series Book 1


God has called James.

But he is a reluctant prophet.  Why him?  Why now?

He ignores God's appeal.

Lawlessness rears its ugly head in every corner of America.

It pervades society.  It corrupts politics.  It invades the church.

James' wife, Janna, is dying of cancer.

That for him is a greater priority than heeding God's call upon his life--despite his being a pastor of a failing church that has been infected by the lies of Satan.

The election year of 2028 is upon the country.  A progressive Administration is set to become more radical.

Only when James joins forces with another pastor are his eyes opened to the danger of America becoming an Islamic stronghold.

But his life turns from difficult to intolerable.

Christian persecution rivals Nazi treatment of the Jews in the 1930s.

Violence and anarchy, fostered by the government itself, are on the rise.

Whether he wants to or not, James must confront this situation.

Nothing goes right for him.  Then God makes it impossible for James to resist Him any longer.

Lady Capers (Publication Review)

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Lady Capers

I love short stories! With a busy life and schedule, a collection of good, quirky short stories is just the break I need when I get a moment to relax. Lady Capers is just such a book. This is a lively read with three quite different tales. The protagonist of each is a woman whose personality or ethos you may see in a friend or relative. No superheroes or vampires here, just regular people with regular problems. It’s how they see the issues and how they handle the issues that are interesting.
First up is Mary Jane, who is still traumatized by a social incident that happened years ago. But she lives for the calamities that seem to pop up in her life. She doesn’t actually yearn for them but seems to thrive on them to my eyes. Her long-suffering husband tries to manage her hysteria and drama, but she’s like a runaway train car teetering on the rails.
There wasn’t a simple, ordinary life event Mary Jane couldn’t turn into a twister of worries ready to destroy peace on Earth and melt the polar ice caps to room temperature water. Retirement from her position as the assistant manager at the local clothier, Antonio’s Department Store, and taking residency in the 55+ community of Beacon Acres had only accelerated the volume of invented catastrophes.
The second story is about Emily, a businesswoman whose career path takes a wrong turn. The third is about Anne, a professional chef who has to make big decisions regarding her career, and since a handsome repeat customer begins arriving every Tuesday, her love life.
Making his plate, Anne tinted in recall of their first encounter as she counted the minutes to see him again. In fact, she had spent extra time on her appearance before her shift. Their interactions were professional—well, at least her side, but Anne knew Tuesday would bring a sensation of electricity. To be fair, the cuisine profile did trifle with language. But Anne loved Tuesdays.
The stories are lighthearted, not heavy reading; they are perfect for that diversion you need sometimes. The author, Nina Szudzik, writes, “This short story trilogy is designed for the pace of life, a quick respite from endless bills, household chores, and responsibilities.” I recommend this book for any reader who loves light, humorous tales.

My Way To You (Creek Canyon Book 1)

A woman’s journey through tragedy leads to the discovery of love in a novel about hope and survival by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.
When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.
Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.
As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new.

Sin (Author Interview)


Sin looks like an exciting story. Can you tell us a little about Jerry Kinkade?

​Jerry is just an average guy, who tends to get kicked around by fate. His luck seems to have just dried up at age 12 when his parents died in an accident on a camping trip. Although he is a genuinely nice guy, he bounces from job to job never seeming to find himself.

How long did it take you to write Sin?

Around a year.

How many books do you plan for the series?

I have three other books planned so four total, I am currently writing the second.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

I have always enjoyed writing, seeing the characters come to life in my head as I commit them to paper to share with others.

How did you come up with the story in Sin?

It started as an idea about a homeless old man who makes a deal with the devil and was going to be a dark humor/horror short story. The story began to bounce around my mind like a pea in a tin can and evolved into a much lighter and funny story.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Sin?

Besides editing, working out time jumps but it was good practice since time runs differently depending on where you are in the second book.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Read, cook, play games on pc, paint or draw.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

I’m on Goodreads but I don’t currently have a website running.