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Timothy Louis Baker grew up on a farm but in the mid 70's when he was 16 years old he sort of opened up the door out of the house all by himself and after a short time nobody really ever told him when to come and go anymore. He learned the using of drugs from others who he thought were like him. He hitchhiked to Florida and back four times before he was 18 years old.
That habit of deciding when to come and go as he wanted extended throughout his 20's as well. He hitchhiked not only to Florida but also to places within backwoods, wilderness and mountainous areas where he learned even more about the crime and drug world.
In 1989 he spent most of living on the road and in the streets as he hitchhiked from Florida to British Columbia, Canada where he spent two months on a secluded wilderness ranch then from there all across western North America. By the time that trip was over he grew tired of living on the road and streets. He came home and settled down in his own place, got married, had a child and later divorced. All the while he was totally involved in the crime and drug scene and finally became so involved by those who sought his life, conspirators that actually wanted to murder him.
He has written three separate autobiographical works about his life,
Where North Meets South and East Meets West, An Experience Heaven Sent and My Life's History in Poetry that are all available on his blog.
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"What I find the hardest part of my writing is developing a plot is getting it to stick together while you hold the thoughts and concentrate to get them written down."
"I pride myself in these two thrillers because they are written so realistically that they could have happened or might, will have happened in reality on the earth in real life. Nothing about either one of them is provably unrealistically conceived of."
He has also written two ficton mystery/thrillers
Fantastic Florida Fun and Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street. In addition he authored another title concerning mountain men, pioneers and Indians from the 1800's to current day times Wilderness Generations.
Where are you from? Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in Celina, Ohio but when I was 16 years old I started hitchhiking taking off and going where I wanted to and whenever I wanted to, some very faraway places whenever I wanted to. Although I did manage to return to the farm in time to help get all of the farm work done when it needed to be for many years, as long as I was needed.
Tell us your latest news?
The last great news I received in my authorship was that my publisher had arranged a deal with the Taiwanese mobile companies that included both of my books as e-books: Fantastic Florida Fun & Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street. That was my first big breaking news as an author and I believe it will make me a lot of sales in the future of 2012 possibly into 2013.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as an amateur in 1989 but I eventually got serious about it and traded the typewriter for a computer around 2001 and then I started writing seriously although it wasn’t until many years later I got published for the first time.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I was a writer the first time as soon as I finished an autobiographical piece about my entire life but I became an author in 2008 when my first autobiographical condensed work was published.
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What inspired you to write your first book?
My life had been so interesting so far when I was about 29 years old that I thought it would be a good idea to begin writing about it. After I was into writing as an amateur for several years I was a firm believer in myself and my writing. When I became serious about writing a few years later I finished one of the rough drafts that later when I condensed it became my first book. My first book was a smaller version of a full-length edition of my autobiography
Where North Meets South and East Meets West.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I think every writer asks this question of himself at one time or another and I think each author’s style is a little bit unique from everybody else’s.
How did you come up with the title?
My titles are all alike, in that they describe the general idea of what’s inside the books. I make them that way when I choose them to be the titles of my books. You can read the title on the front cover of my books and together with the rest of the cover art, you can about decide if you want to open the book up or not.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My two novels that I want to focus on for the rest of the interview are
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street and Fantastic Florida Fun. They both deal with crime and drugs and although they are both about the crime and drug worlds, even though they both romanticize those subjects to the hilt, I don’t recommend that anybody follow those routes in life just because of what I wrote. Instead let the reader whoever he or she may be and whatever they may be about and then use what I pass down as they want to. Then I have no say about that.
How much of the book is realistic?
I pride myself in these two thrillers because they are written so realistically that they could have happened or might, will have happened in reality on the earth in real life. Nothing about either one of them is provably unrealistically conceived of. Either one could feasibly occur as in the case
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Fantastic Florida Fun or as in Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street could take place futuristically right here in reality in life.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No the experiences and events in these two novels concerned are not in life and are all fictitious about imaginary characters.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The books that have been the most influential in my life are two novels written by the same person
Call of the Wild and White Fang. I read those two books when I was younger as a teen and then again when I was a young adult and those are some of the most persuasively influential years of most people’s lives.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That author who wrote the two most influential books in my life, which was of course, Jack London because he helped me to become prepared for life as it turned out to be for me.
What book are you reading now?
I am just about to begin
The Partner by John Grisham. I have it sitting on my desk facing me, waiting for a chance to turn the cover page again. I have looked at it but I’m waiting for the right moment to be in just the right mood.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I don’t know about ‘new’ but I want to read Cormac McCarthy’s
The Road and the Sunset Limited. The author and his titles are pointed out as likeness in a review of my Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street.
What are your current projects?
I have a historical piece on hold that I started a few years ago but it’s a matter of when will I have time and energy to complete it. However in book marketing I consistently have new projects coming up and when they are done more come into play so that there’s always something keeping me occupied.
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Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Why?
My buddy that takes me to work, giving me a ride on his way there, he works there too. He’s a few years younger than I am and he has managed to help me keep thinking young. Last year before my birthday I was telling him and others that, "I’m 52 but I work like I’m 25 and that’s not just at work on the job, I live like I’m 25 too."
Do you see writing as a career?
I hope to make it my lifelong career and write books as an author until I’m well advanced into my years and can’t possibly complete another full work.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Fantastic Florida Fun is everything I wanted it to be with nothing in the writing that I would like to change. I think of this from time to time and believe it or not it makes me feel good to think that.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In 1989 I began an attempt at the very first and the crudest of the all the rough drafts that I had for an autobiography. It was a few years later that I started writing with a little more dignity devoted to that project.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Some Sing Song Way
is about a main character who is a man from Missouri back in around 1850 who falls in love with a beautiful girl that ends up getting pregnant by him and then breaks his heart. He buys a Conestoga wagon and heads west into the great west only to become sexually involved with a girl from the wagon train and in turn become accosted by the girl’s husband and simultaneously the muleskinner of the wagon train. They both become captured by Indians taking him and the girl and others for slavery. He escapes and returns to civilization but he always meets up with more Indians and finally becomes affectionately joins to a tribe and marries into it. He will eventually meet his first love at a PAGE 6 TURNAROUND MEDIA LITERARY REVIEW
trading post and he will sometime after that he will have to make a decision of which family to stay with, the Indian people or the White woman that he had adored so much in his youth. Then tragedy strikes and he loses some of his sanity. Staying out in a log cabin recluse through a winter, he decides who his best friends are and who are not.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Actually my knowledge of the genres makes it typically easy to do my work except holding the plot together start to finish.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
The Monkey Wrench Gang
by Edward Abbey is my favorite book by my favorite author because I got so much pleasure reading that title over four times. It was about the same general subject area that I fashioned my life after later that I adored it back in the late 70’s and all along I had dreams of going out into the mountains to live and survive for months frequently. That book made me think while I was incarcerated and helped me know what to expect in some of my future after that. Even if it wasn’t what everybody else wanted for me.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t even own a car and the transportation. However, next year 2013, I plan on having a car and yes, I intend on driving many miles for book signings and other events.
Who designed the covers?
The covers were totally up to my publishers although they did ask me if I wanted to make specific requests.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
What I find the hardest part of my writing is developing a plot is getting it to stick together while you hold the thoughts and concentrate to get them written down. With everything just so, everything in place where it’s supposed to be, everything the way it should be to make it the very best writing on the plot that there can be, is what it takes to get published and
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become an author, an expert on the story line you have created and written down. To me, anything less is unprofessional.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
What I learned from my books was all about writing and literature. I had the knowhow for story telling so I simply had to do it in writing now. I’ve likewise learned a lot from publishing and marketing. I have the basic knowledge but I have to develop it, refine it and complete each line. I have to call on inner resources constantly and put them to the best use as I possibly can.
What led to your decision to self-publish? Did you try the "traditional" route first?
I thought that traditional publishers queried by letter would be the way to go so I tried that for a couple of years. I mailed multitudes of letters to I don’t know how many publisher’s addresses I had gathered on paper written down at the library going through volumes. I got very few responses and only two ‘maybes’ that later declined.
There’s many author blogs on the internet that warn writers, like you, regarding the pitfalls of self-publishing. Did these sites have any bearing or impact on your choices? Do you spend any time monitoring these sites?
After making some mistakes, now my first rule of thumb is to try and find out for myself. Just because some people make complaints for others to see doesn’t mean it won’t work for me.
What has been your marketing strategy? Can you comment on why you have been successful and why other authors fail?
My marketing progress is simply following what my nose tells me. Sometimes I can spot something that will be right for me and the way I know is because I can ‘smell success.’ However I don’t think something will work for everybody all of the time and I think that is where some people fail in life, not just in writing, is because they think that everybody else did it and so should they.
Describe your relationship with your publisher. What were your expectations and were they met? Any compromises? How would you evaluate the return on your investment?
My publisher’s personnel and I are normally on good terms. All of my expectations they offered in writing in my contract and by websites I could visit to learn about the marketing of my book once it was published
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were honest attempts by my publisher to help me get my books where we could both make money from them, my publisher and myself.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you already know and even if you have to learn about it as you go along by reading or other research, write what you know, know what you write and you’ll save yourself and your editor some headaches.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you like what you read about me and if you like my writing then please tell someone else so you can help me get off the ground as an author to your liking. I write with you the reader in mind, so please help looking out for my back too.
Timothy Louis Baker has lived a widely varied life fading both in and out of the crime and drug world. He has published five books. Timothy currently lives in the small town of Paulding, Ohio, where he works at a machine service shop. Contact him at his website or blog:
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street Blog Talk Radio
The Books of Timothy Louis Baker
Fantastic Florida Fun
After a violent altercation with his stepfather, Mark Mitchell flees from Indiana to sunny Florida. While traveling there, he picks up hitchhiker Melissa Monroe and they become girlfriend and boyfriend. Telling her his story, she suggests that he come live with her and her father and work at the family orange grove. Instead of picking oranges, however, Melissa’s father, Al, enlists Mark in criminal activities well hidden under the shelter of the legal grove business. Heavily connected to the crime world, Mark is dragged in deeper and deeper; yet he tells Melissa that he would never turn her father over to the law. But then, Mark discovers evidence suggesting an incestuous relationship between father and daughter. Melissa cannot recall what is actually occurring because Al is doing something to alter
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her memory of the affair. Astonished and angered, Mark intends to take revenge on Al, who has now gone too far.
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street
By Timothy Louis Baker
At four years old, Kevin Gregory Wilson became a criminal on the streets of New York City. A planner, he began to organize a terrorist army when he was 10. By the time he was 40, Kevin was the most powerful man in the world and the huge amount of money he gained through organized crime allowed him to finally build his army.
Kevin’s army is now ready to launch an assault on U.S. military bases. Will the government discover Kevin Gregory Wilson’s New Army in time to stop it? Or will he overpower the U.S. troops and then the entire world to rule it as a criminal empire?
Crime and Drugs on Trip City Street offers a chilling scenario, one that could possibly well happen in today’s world of billion dollar money transfers that occur in the blink of an eye.
Where North Meets South and East Meets West
By Timothy Louis Baker
I thought about the beautiful Indian girl that had picked me up while I was hitchhiking and delivered me to another spot several hundred miles away from the spot from which she had picked me up.
Lying in the bed on top of my sleeping bag, I remembered how lovely indeed I had thought she was. I lay there awhile and thought of that beautiful Indian girl. I ended up in the experience I’d thought I would have. I was in bed having sex with Lisa in Heaven. There was a baby in the shack with us, our baby, half White and half Indian. Everybody and everything was there in that Heaven and lived perfectly forever with no evil. Her children of this earth were with somebody else who were their parents in that experience as were many people’s children and parents. Looking at and feeling what was there at the time of this experience reflecting I drew this conclusion.
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I noticed a baby half Indian and half White that was our baby in a basket at the end of the bed. I noticed that the shack was repaired to modern living conditions with plumbing in full working order in the sink that had a few moments before been rendered useless unhooked.
The cooking stove was in full working condition, the table cleared off and a radio playing soft rock and roll I think was sitting on it. The windows were fully glass and I’m not sure that there was even any glass in all of them at all before when I had been in this world.