Thursday, August 22, 2013

Interview with Tim Baehr



Tim Baehr submitted an interesting story to Silly Tree. We hear about people preying on the poor all the time, but not quite the way Tim’s main character does. At least she cleans up after herself.
We hope you enjoy the interview with Tim Baehr as much as we did.
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1. When did you start writing professionally?

1968

2. What inspired your story for the Silly Tree anthology?

I used to volunteer at a weekly supper for street people. I've also had some experience with 3 different Hobart sanitizers. I wondered what would happen if one of the volunteers was not what she seemed.


3. What is your favorite genre to write?

No favorite. I've done sci-fi, romance, detective, general fiction, fantasy.


4. Tell us about your story in the Scared Spitless anthology.

Ana, a volunteer at a church-based soup kitchen, is drawn to a handsome man who seems funny and kind, and just the type this mousy, plain woman has been looking for. At some point, she took over the story.

5. Do you have advice for other writers? 

Make your readers see, hear, and feel your story; for shorter pieces, try to start with a bang and end with a twist; do research if necessary, to make sure your setting and physical objects and any historical events are accurate; follow submission guidelines to the letter; make sure spelling, grammar, and mechanics are perfect. Even more important: have a first reader who pulls no punches and can tell you what doesn't make sense.

6. What books or authors have most influenced your life?

Lord of the Rings, Hardcore Zen, The Essential Rumi, Elements of Style, Ishmael, The Story of B.

7. Would you like to share a bit about your current work in progress?

I'm starting to revise and perhaps extend about 75 flash fiction stories. I'm also working on a revision of a self-published book, Practical Zen: An Introduction. I'm trying to find time to compile an anthology and to do some translating (Spanish poetry).

8. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

Seventh grade.

9. Where did you hear about Silly Tree Anthologies?

Creative Writers Opportunities website.

10. Where have you been published? 

Early years were all work-for-hire in educational publishing or staff positions in high-tech doing user manuals. Fiction has appeared in Bacopa (Writers Alliance of Gainesville), Soundings Review (Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Freeland, Washington), Tawdry Bawdry (website), Earth Vision (website at Heijira), Reflections (Senior college, University of Southern Maine), and monthly essays on my website (www.menletter.org).

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