Novel-in-Progress Long-listed for Historical Novel Society New Novel Award

August 21, 2018 § 4 Comments

Pleased to note that the Historical Novel Society has named my novel-in-progress, The Confession of Michael Martin, to the Long List for their 2018 New Novel Award. This is a great honor, and I take it as a positive sign for the ultimate success of the book, which I’ve been working on for a number of years but very few people have read. The HNS listing reads, in part: “A novel of adventure, friendship, and immigrant life inspired by the true story of early American outlaws, intriguingly different from Hollywood mythologies.”

Collection is a Finalist for the American Fiction Awards

July 28, 2018 § 2 Comments

Honored, humbled, and very pleased to note that A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing has been named a finalist in the short story category of the 2018 American Fiction Awards! The book also made the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Awards Grand Prize Short List and was a finalist in the short story category for 2017 International Book Awards. Earlier versions were shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. 

Links for ordering the book in paperback, digital, or first edition hardcover here. Coming soon: audio version!

Collection shortlisted for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award

May 16, 2018 § 2 Comments

Pleased and honored to announce that A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing has made the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List, and received an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category!

From the prize website: “The Eric Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st century (with permission from the Eric Hoffer Estate) to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit.”

The collection is now out in paperback. Read reviews here. Click here for info on how to get your own copy.

Main Street Rag Reviews A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing

May 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

CvrMSR_Sp18_FB-200x300Very much enjoyed the new review of the collection by Evan Williams in the Spring 2018 edition of the venerable literary magazine Main Street RagIt’s not available on-line, but here’s an excerpt:

“Each story is an exercise in high adventure. Cessna prop planes, dugout canoes, rattletrap sports cars, and hipped-out VW vans transport characters across America to Grateful Dead concerts, and up the Amazon River in search of a new species of frog. The author’s attraction for the outdoors in inescapable, with each installment a trip to another country, or occasionally, a mind trip on LSD . . . Weed writes as a realist, never coddling his stars. Teeth are kicked out, and hearts are broken. Perhaps gritty is the optimum word to describe his treatment of behavior and consequence, where even the innocent are not insulated from the impact of their decisions, nor the decisions of unkind others. In A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, no one is granted immunity from life . . . Provocative and memorable, this collection strikes all the right chords.”

You can see how this is a review to make an author happy. The collection just came out in paperback: click here for instructions on how to order!

Paperback release, Douro River, Eastern Cuba, and other news

April 24, 2018 § Leave a comment

Dear friends,

9780997452877-JacketGrayAFG2.inddIt’s been a year since the release of A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing in hardcover. This is just a quick post to let you know that the paperback launches today! It’s a nice little book I think, and I’m pleased to report that since the hardcover release there’s been plenty of good news. It’s been shortlisted for two international book awards (one of which is still in process—please keep your fingers crossed), has resulted in a lot of good press including interviews on both Vermont and New Hampshire Public radio (links to both podcasts here), and has continued to garner favorable reviews.

Another bit of news that I’m thrilled to share is that I’ll be starting a job this June on the core faculty of a new low-residency graduate writing program: the “Newport MFA in Creative Writing,” based at Salve Regina College in Newport, Rhode Island (and Havana!). This is the brainchild of my friend, the brilliant Ann Hood, and it’s an exciting new venture in the writing world. If any of you’ve been contemplating a writing MFA, I highly recommend that you check it out!

IMG_3138The coming year is also shaping up to be exciting in terms of travel: I’ll be the National Geographic featured lecturer on a new Douro River cruise navigating from Porto, Portugal, to Salamanca, Spain and back (Sept 23 – Oct 3). I’ll be leading a new off-the-beaten-track program in Eastern Cuba in collaboration with my publisher, Green Writers Press (Nov 5 – 12). And in May, 2019, we’ll be offering the fourth annual Cuba Writers Program in Havana and one other Cuban destination (TBA).

If you’re interested in any of these and/or in other adventures in the months and years to come, you can find details and keep track of evolving dates here. Maybe we’ll see you out in the world! (And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like explore ways to organize an affordable custom trip to Cuba.)

IMG_3215Here’s a photo I just took of the new paperbacks.  If you want to get your hands on a copy, now’s an auspicious time to buy one! A wave of purchases around the release date can trigger algorithms that can make books more visible to the public, which is of course extremely helpful for ambitious and little-known authors such as yours truly (as are reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, by the way).

As always, thanks for being out there. I’m deeply grateful for your friendship and support. Please don’t hesitate to send a note if you want to run something by me or simply catch up. Meanwhile, here’s wishing you a happy and productive spring!

Warm regards,

Tim

A few scenes from the Pearl of the Antilles

March 28, 2018 § Leave a comment

Hey everyone,

Thought I’d share this link to a few photos of seascapes, landscapes, and cityscapes from the recent Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Cuba trip! These were taken in Havana, Trinidad, Cienega de Zapata National Park, and the Bay of Pigs.

If anyone’s interested in exploring ways to get down to the island in the next year or so, don’t hesitate to click here and/or get in touch.

Tim

New piece on rule-breaking for writers up at GrubWrites

March 28, 2018 § Leave a comment

“There’s an unwritten rule that dreams have no place in fiction. Perhaps you’re aware of it. No? Then maybe you haven’t taken enough workshops. It’s pretty high on the list of fiction-writing no-nos.”

grubstreet-logoClick here to read my thoughts on why fictional dreams AREN’T actually forbidden, and other thoughts on why breaking the rules is an essential skill for writers . . .

Will Poole’s Island named to list of Best Young Adult Historical Fiction Books

February 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

DSC04038Honored to be on this list, which also includes Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793, Christopher Paul Curtis’ Bud, Not Buddy, and Ann Rinaldi’s Numbering All the Bones. An excerpt of the review on Homeschooling Teen website, the list’s publisher:

“This novel has everything a teen could hope for in a historical fiction book, including elements of magic, a journey across the sea and enough conflict and suspense to keep the pages turning. Moreover, the novel provides excellent, although indirect, commentary on current events.”

Find out everything you need to know about Will Poole’s Island here.

Cats & writers essay at LitHub

January 10, 2018 § Leave a comment

“The Half-Wild Muse: On Writers and their Cats” is up at Literary Hub. It was a fun essay to write and I hope fun to read as well. cat-on-computer

More from me on writing and the writing life here.

“Tower Eight” nominated for a Pushcart

December 8, 2017 § 3 Comments

Pleased and very honored to report that Green Writers Press has nominated “Tower Eight” for the 2018 Pushcart Prize!  “Tower Eight” is the story of a pair of teenage misfits who do LSD and put themselves into various dangerous situations in rural New Hampshire, establishing a tight friendship as they hurtle toward a tragic end. IMG_0750

It’s the second story in A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, published in hardcover in April, 2017, and coming out in paperback in April 2018. (An excellent stocking stuffer, by the way. Just sayin’.)

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