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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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don't ask me why

Becky invited others to do same self-interview that she did, so here's my version.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Maine, and then lived in New York City for about a decade. Because of that, and because I'm a Gemini, I often feel like a small town city boy.

Tell us your latest news.

Our latest Timothy James Beck novel, WHEN YOU DON'T SEE ME, will be on the shelves very soon. The process of having a book published takes a very long time, but it feels like we just finished writing WYDSM. I'm also contracted to write my first novel by myself. I'm excited, but also nervous about writing an entire book on my own.

When and why did you begin writing?

Ever since I was a teenager I kept a journal. I guess I felt as though there were things I couldn't say out loud, so it was better to commit them to paper. I looked back on some of the earlier volumes and I used to sit in public places and write about the people around me, or where I was, and I often wrote that I should write a story about this person or that place, or whatever it was that interested me. It took a long time, but now I am.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When we started to submit our first manuscript to agents and publishers, I wanted so much for it to be published, because by then I started to consider myself as a writer, and I wanted validation. Now I know that you don't have to be published to be a writer. Believing in yourself is the most important thing.

What inspired you to pen your first novel?

My friends, definitely. Our first Timothy James Beck book was born out of a tandem writing exercise. It was something fun to do, a way to entertain ourselves and each other. After we'd assembled ten or twelve chapters and friends outside of our writing group had read it and said they'd wanted to read more, I was glad because I definitely wanted to write more.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

I started to read when I was very young. My mother insists that I was three years old when I learned how, and that I went from talking to reading. We would go to the library once a week and I was allowed to choose what I wanted to read on my own. Nobody ever told me I that I wasn't allowed to read certain books--I don't think I even knew that certain books were banned until I was around eighteen years old, now that I think about it--as a result, there are too many writers and books that I've read to name any one that may influence how I write. I don't know that they would anyway, because I think the only thing that really influences how a writer writes is a deadline.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

I'm not sure. I try to write about people that I would want to know, or places that I would want to live. I suppose I had an idyllic upbringing in that I could leave the house, ride my bike all over town, and my parents never had to worry about someone kidnapping me, or that I'd do anything too dangerously foolish. We lived in a rural community where your friend's parents had an interest in your life and general well-being, almost like an aunt or an uncle might. We could romp in the woods, or skate on ponds in the winter, or play in the fields, creating our own imaginary universes, and I suppose I put that kind of idealism in what I write, where good people do exist, and happy endings are possible.

I rely a lot on my friends, so that tends to be the general theme of anything that I write; that your friends can be your family.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes. My style is known as Tardy.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

I really don't know. There are so many sub-genres that I don't really know what I write. Is it contemporary fiction, gay lit, romance, or all of the above? I have no idea. I just write what I feel like writing and let somebody else decide all that. Honestly, I feel like my writing career is only now taking root and starting to grow. I'm still seedling, and hopefully have a lot of potential to write all kinds of stories. Get back to me on this question.

How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

Truth be told, writers usually have little control over things like titles and cover images. Our first novel was originally titled QUEEN OF CLUBS, but was published as IT HAD TO BE YOU. Either one works, for different reasons. Our editors have always asked us for our opinion, though, and we go back and forth until everyone is happy. The only time I remember being adamant about our title was for THREE FORTUNES IN ONE COOKIE. For some reason the publisher wanted to take out the word "in" and replace it with a comma. We put our foot down, because it would've changed a potential reader's perception of what the book is about. Plus the entire novel was driven by the main character finding three fortunes in one cookie. Seemed like a no-brainer to me.

Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

As the wise and extremely handsome Morrissey said in his song of the same name, "Hold on to Your Friends."

How much of your novels are realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?

I write fiction. Anything is possible in fiction, so realism isn't my upmost priority. That being said, I love it if and when someone says that they relate to characters or places that I've written. Luckily, I don't write horror. I always try to toe the line between reality and imagination. If I'm writing about New York City, then yes, I'm not going to make up a new borough or write that the Empire State Building has been moved to Harlem. But why not make up a fun place like Club Chaos and put in the village, or have a Drayden's department store open in Manhattan? Certain life experiences will definitely be written about. For example, I sold shoes for five or six years, so why not make Derek a shoe salesman in SOMEONE LIKE YOU? I wouldn't base a character entirely on anyone I know, though, or write an event that happened to me or anyone else word for word. I don't think that would make for an organic story. And I can't afford a good lawyer.

What books have most influenced your life?

Did I die? This seems like a question for the third act, and I hope I'm there yet. I don't think any one book has influenced my life, really. But, there was a moment in high school when we were studying short story writing and our teacher had us pull three different collections of stories written by three different writers from a pile of books. One of the collections that I unwittingly selected was FAMILY DANCING by David Leavitt. Not too long ago I thanked the teacher in person for including that collection, because I read it and thought, I'm okay, which was a huge revelation for me at that time. If there was gay fiction, there were gay writers, and a whole world beyond the cow town where I lived where I wasn't going to be a freak, and everything was going to be okay. We've had readers write to us and express similar feelings about what we write, and that's one of the reasons why I do what I do.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

John Steinbeck. He wanted little more than to be a good writer, and to write about the world as he saw it. I think that's a good goal.

How does your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

The encouragement and support that I get from my family and friends is wonderful. I'm quite fortunate in that regard.

Do you see writing as a long- or short-term career?

Long-term. I hope there are publishers who share that opinion.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?

No. My editing skills aren't that refined yet.

Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?

Please, keep reading!

I'm not sure I have much wisdom to impart, but if I were to share anything else it would be this: you can do anything, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. But, you have to believe in yourself. Whenever anyone says, "I wish I could be a writer," my stock reply is, "Then be a writer." It's up to them to understand that I'm not saying, "Then go to your computer and start typing," and that what I'm really saying is, "Then be a writer." You're not going to get anywhere by sitting around and wishing. Nobody is going to tap you on the shoulder with a sword and dub thee Writer. You need to do that on your own and believe it. Do you want to be a concert cellist? Buy a cello and start practicing. A rocket scientist? Start studying. A millionaire? Call me.