Here is a sample of an exclusive interview I recently did for Novel Ideas as part of the build up to the release of The New Savants: Surge of the Red Plague. Read the entire interview by visiting Novel Ideas. Enjoy!
The New Savants: Surge of the Red Plague: An Interview with Author Tim Flanagan
How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
I enjoy watching people and the world around us. The subject of my latest book revolves around the differences between humans. It annoys me how today’s society seems to expect everyone to conform – act the same, look the same and even talk the same. But I think that’s boring. We should celebrate the differences between us and be honest with ourselves about who we are. The New Savantsis a book about people who are different. Instead of hiding their differences, they are encouraged to embrace them and use them for the greater good. I think human beings have lost sight of what makes us all special. We are not clones of each other with a single mind.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
On the whole, I write books for a younger audience. I have written a sci-fi / fantasy series for teens, as well as a humorous detective series for pre-teens. My latest book, The New Savants, is fantasy but set in the real world, and is aimed at young adults. I enjoy writing for young people – their imagination is more open to suggestion and possibility, which gives the author more flexibility to write about something outside of the mundane world. As a writer, I find that working in different genres is fun to do. Every time I go back to a series to write the next one, it’s like visiting it for the first time. That helps to break monotony and gives me more freedom. It’s like any job – you wouldn’t want to do the same thing all the time. Mix it up to keep it fresh.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I’ve always read a lot. In fact, I can’t remember not reading. It was just a normal thing to do in my family when I was a child, and that’s carried on into adulthood. It would be unnatural for me not to have something to read. I would rather buy books than anything else – Christmas and birthday lists are usually made up of books. It’s finding room for them all that becomes a problem as I still like a real book to hold rather than an ebook.
When I was at school, I enjoyed writing, but my English teacher wasn’t very encouraging. He didn’t like the style I wrote in. It’s only later in life that I have begun to write again, and that was only in response to my son to give him some ideas of things he could draw.
How long have you been writing?
Properly, as an adult, since 2012.
What kind(s) of writing do you do?
My style of writing is fast-paced but visual. I don’t get bogged down with pages and pages of description. I like to keep the story moving and really take the reader on an adventure.