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April 2011


my (our) books

Fool for Love When You Don't See Me

Someone Like You I'm Your Man

He's The One It Had To Be You

The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica Best Gay Erotica 2007

Best Gay Love Stories: New York City Best Gay Love Stories 2005

Three Fortunes In One Cookie The Deal


If you have any of the above books and would like them signed, mail them to:

P.O. Box 131845, Houston, TX., 77219.

Please include three dollars for return postage.

Send email to timothyjlambert@gmail.com

Warning: This blog may contain homosexuals which in the states of California and Maine have been alleged to destroy the sanctity of marriage. Read at your own risk.


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I love getting email from our readers and answering questions about writing, publishing, and life in general. Recently a reader named Jim stumbled upon the Timothy James Beck books and contacted me to tell me how much he enjoyed our novels. As he's moved from book to book, Jim has sent me emails to tell me what he's liked and related to in our stories, and today he sent me a bunch of questions. They're good questions, some we get asked a lot, so I asked Jim if I could answer them here in a sort of interview. Jim said that would be fine, so here we go.

Jim: Hi, Tim
Tim: Hi, Jim.

J: Sorry you were awakened early this morning.
T: So am I.

J: Do you stay up late to write? Watch tv? Go out into the friendly nightlife?
T: Yeah, I've always liked to stay up late. Even when I was a kid I felt like I was missing out on something when I was supposed to be in bed, asleep. Writing late at night is good, because there aren't as many distractions. But no, I don't go out very much. My friends sometimes call me Boo Radley.

J: I'm halfway through He's The One and will probably order It Had To Be You today, since I couldn't find it in the bookstore. It's amazing how easy it is to get into the characters. You were right, I don't think I have lost anything by reading the series backward. Is there a fourth book coming?
T: Yup. WHEN YOU DON'T SEE ME should be on the shelves this September. We start our first round of copy edits tomorrow. I'm wicked excited.

J: I read your segue over to Rob's blog. Surely he was exaggerating a bit about a gay romance novel only selling around 9000 copies. I guess my naivety assumed each book sold into the hundreds of thousands.
T: Rob wasn't exaggerating at all. Whenever I see percentages or lists of numbers I start to hear "The Farmer in the Dell" in my head. I'm horrible with math, so I just tune it out. I couldn't tell you how many copies we've sold—I could look it up in our paperwork, I suppose, but that's not my main focus. I write because I like to tell stories, and luckily the publishers that we work with feel the same way. Would I like us to sell a lot of books? Of course! But we can't afford to hire a publicist to tell people how to think about our books.

J: I think I should send an email to Oprah and mention your series for her book club.
T: Go for it! Good luck with that. I've never really paid much attention to the books on Oprah's show. Do they ever discuss genre fiction? Jennifer Weiner's right, genre fiction gets such a bad rap. I can't imagine Oprah holding up a Jennifer Weiner novel and waxing rhapsodic about "chick lit," much less one of our books. I think we'd do better to somehow "leak" a photo of Jake Gyllenhaal reading one of our books.

J: You're too freakin' cute with the frisbee. (I will with hold any other comments. lol) Rex is cute as well. So what do you do besides write? Do you date much? I'm sure you get asked out a lot, especially from your fans.
T: Oh, lord....people sometimes assume that what writers write is akin to what their life is like. I hope not! Otherwise, most horror writers would be locked up. I'm very low key. I like to paint. I like to pretend I have a green thumb, like Daniel in the TJB books. I don't get asked out much at all. Maybe if I left the house, that might happen. I haven't been on a date in years, but I'm okay with that.

J: Where is your family from? Do you see them much?
T: I grew up in Maine, and my family still lives there. I don't see them as much as I'd like. Maybe if we sold more books, I could.

J: You refer to the compound. Do you have separate living quarters from Becky and her husband?
T: A long time ago, in the AOL chat room where the TJB writers met, Becky and I used to joke about starting our own cult as a money making venture. Becky called it the Cult of Tim, or some such nonsense. So when I moved here, the joke evolved and Becky's house became compound. And yes, because it's my cult, I have my own living quarters, in a separate apartment behind Becky's house.

J: Which character are you most like in the books? I won't say who I think since you know the characters much better and I may offend. I do think Becky and her husband sound like Sheila and Josh though.
T: That's a good question, because it's very difficult to answer. Every character has a certain quality that I can relate to, or have related to at one point or another in my life. But choosing one of them is tricky. Honestly, I might have to say Blythe, because she's passionate about her art, does her thing, and makes no apology for the way she lives her life. And she lived in squalor, until Adam and Martin took her away from all that.

J: That's probably enough questions for today. Have a great one and get some rest tonight.
T: I'll try! Thanks for letting me post these questions, Jim.