In the world of mystery writing, you’ll find all sorts of characters, settings, and story lines. This week’s featured author takes us into the world of thrillers and crime fiction.
Originally from Warwick, Rhode Island, Tim Baker is an avid dog lover who’s been a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, raising and socializing potential guide dogs. His passion for dogs comes through in his writing, and in his very public support of dog rescue work. Like many of the authors you’ll meet here, Tim’s career path took quite a few turns before reaching the keyboard. After 25 years in architecture and engineering, his path led to short stints in the natural gas industry, construction, and even ice cream sales. He wrote his first novel, Living the Dream, in 2007 after inspiration came in the shape of “a bizarre dream” (his phrase, not mine). Ever since, Tim’s been writing fast-paced, off-beat crime stories set in Flagler Beach and St. Augustine. He makes his home in Palm Coast, Florida.
Here’s Tim, telling us about his work:
Typically my novels are fast-paced thrillers with “colorful” characters, snappy dialogue and a healthy dose of humor. People tell me quite frequently that once they start reading my books they just want to keep reading until they finish. I try (as my hero Elmore Leonard advised) to leave out the parts people tend to skip!!
My books are set in the small beach-side community of Flagler Beach, Florida, and the backdrop of a quaint tourist town is a perfect foil for my off-beat stories. I have a band of recurring characters in all of my books, which my readers have all come to know (to the point where I’ve gotten fan-fiction stories about them!). They may not always operate on the right side of the law, but they always make sure that the bad guys get what’s coming to them!
My work appeals to readers who love a good fast-paced, action-packed thriller/mystery. I’ve had great feedback from young adults to grandparents, male and female. Let me note: while there are a couple of passing references to sexual activity, there are no graphic or explicit descriptions. Acts of violence get the same treatment—enough description to set the scene and nothing more. Overall I would rate the book PG-13 (more so for the “colorful” language than anything else).
You want dogs? During the course of the case Steve finds himself trying to take down a dog-fighting ring.
One final thing that, I hope, will appeal to the dog lovers here: A close friend of mine in Rhode Island runs a dog-rescue operation called Golden Huggs Rescue – I have pledged to donate half of all profits from Backseat to Justice to her organization!
“A unique twist on the typical murder mystery”
Private investigator Steve Salem has learned the hard way that sometimes the law has to take a Backseat to Justice.
Steve is hired by a woman to determine if her husband is being unfaithful. When the husband is executed before Steve’s eyes the widow hires Steve to solve the murder. Once he does, the adventure begins for real when Backseat to Justice takes one of the strangest and unsuspected turns imaginable in a mystery novel. Read Chapter 1 here.
Read the reviews here. Here’s what one reader had to say about Backseat to Justice:
“Greed, betrayal and murder with a bit of homespun revenge thrown into the mix. Add a down and out PI,a mystery female, a marriage built on lies, toss in a few wise guys drop them all down into Paradise and Tim Baker has one heck of a story.”
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To contact Tim or find out about upcoming works please visit his website at www.blindoggbooks.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon. And speaking of Amazon, be sure to check out the special price discounts currently offered for several of his books!
Reblogged this on blindoggbooks and commented:
Thank you to Susan Holmes and the Waterside Kennels Mysteries for featuring on her blog this morning!
Reblogged this on Reading Recommendations and commented:
Here’s an update on what Tim Baker has been up to lately! Tim was previously featured on Reading Recommendations back in Nov. 2013 and you may read that post here: http://readingrecommendations.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/tim-baker/
Thanks for reblogging this!
Visited your page and am now following–nice work there! I’m adding Island in the Clouds to my TBR stack.
Thank you very much, Susan! I appreciate the follow!
Tim, thanks so much for coming by!
I expect some of my blog readers will want to know: what’s next for you?
It was my pleasure Susan, thank you for having me! My latest novel, To Catch a Break, is currently being edited and is scheduled for an August 11th release. The story follows Martin Aquino in his quest for the break he thinks he needs to improve his life. Martin becomes convinced that the witness protection plan is his best chance for a new life…his only problem is that he hasn’t witnessed anything!
Tim, I’ve been asked: who designed your cover? It’s great!
I use a woman from New Orlaens named Keri Knutson – she has done several of my covers and I love her work. She can be found here – http://alchemybookcover.blogspot.com/ – tell her I sent you!!
Thanks for the info–I’ll pass it along!
Hi, Tim. I was one of the people who asked about your cover. It’s terrific. I’ll definitely look up your books. I like thrillers that don’t have graphic violence.
And it’s good to get to know you through Susan’s blog. I have admiration for people who foster service puppies.
Thanks for the post!