Today's Sunday Brunch Spotlight is with author Tim Goodwood!
First and foremost, it is a pleasure to have you here. Welcome to Harper’s Sunday Brunch Interview!
It’s a pleasure to be here.
So, can you tell us what makes Tim Goodwood tick? What got you started on the path to becoming an author?
What makes me tick eh? I like to entertain people, make them laugh and appreciate the sillier side of life. Some people think I am quite a serious sort of person but inside my head it’s the complete opposite. I take a while to get to know people and then the daft side comes out….unless its public speaking, then I just open my mouth and it all comes tumbling out and it makes people laugh…..I am comfortable if people are laughing.
I have been writing stories since primary school, it’s how I download my thoughts to keep my brain from getting clogged up.
What are you currently working on? Would you care to share a snippet?
The Accidental Hedonist Book 4 takes place on a cruise ship heading to Norway…Tim got a cheap deal for a last minute booking but it turns out the ship is full of older women….bet you can’t guess what happens!
Do you include some of your own personal experiences in your books or do you prefer to use your imagination?
Some of my stuff actually happened to me….some of it happened to friends and the rest is 52 years of sexual fantasies in print.
Why Comerotica/Erotica? What made you choose this genre over others?
Because I couldn’t write seriously if my life depended on it. In my day job I often have to give speeches and they always come out as comedy…I have a reputation as a “story-teller”. I like to look at life through a distorted lens and make things quirky; life is too short to take anything seriously.
Do you have a specific process or a ritual you go through when sitting down to write?
Not really, it just suddenly hits me, the urge to write that is…I might go 2 months without writing anything and then suddenly I am in the midst of a major creative binge….nothing is ever planned but suddenly an idea, a sentence or a scenario will just pop up and nothing can stop me writing it down and then the rest of the story will just flood in from there….and the next you know it’s 1 am and there are 12 thousand words on the page.
This is why my editors’ keep on at me about “run-on sentences”…I tend to write at the same pace at which I think and I also talk in run-on sentences so it’s really hard to stop writing like that. I used to resent it because I felt it was an important part of Tim’s “writing voice” but I didn’t realize that some people get exhausted reading run-ons, so now I try very hard to write shorter sentences…but I think it’s always going to be the main part of any editor’s work as far as my books are concerned.
Where do you find your inspiration for your plots? Do you have any tricks of the trade you would care to share?
I am a pervert, pure and simple, the girl behind the teller’s desk in the bank might have magnificent breasts or a come-on smile and then the fantasy starts. It might be an idle contemplation while bored in a far-off hotel room. The Accidental Hedonist series started off as the true story of how I lost my virginity and then I threw a few “near misses” into the mix and other teenage fantasies.
If you want a trick or a tip to share then it would be this: Truth is always stranger than fiction and if you are stuck for something to write about then think about real things that happened or just re-hash your favourite sexual fantasy….don’t over-think your writing, keep it fresh and rude.
What is the oddest place/situation where an idea for a book/plot has come to you?
Sitting in the Albert Hall whilst attending the birthday party of a member of the Royal Family.
What makes a book stand out and perk your interest?
“Pace and attack” as my drama teacher used to say….if a book grabs me in the first two pages and charges along until the end I will read it in one go. I like books that start with some strange statement, I like my imagination to be challenged, and my intellect to be stimulated….I also like lots of rude bits but that isn’t mandatory.
We all have our favorite authors. Can you share some of yours and tell us why you like them?
Tim Dorsey and Hunter S Thompson are my favourites. Both are barking mad in their own ways and with Tim Dorsey I just love his characters, they are so deeply flawed as human beings that you just can’t help loving them.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson changed my life at 14 yrs old. In the back it says “All my life spent searching for something I could not name”…..boy did that resonate! His book on the Hell’s Angels is worth a read too.
We all have a pet peeve, care to share yours?
People who litter, I would make littering a hanging offence…I also would quite cheerfully strangle all wife-beaters.
When you’re not writing, what are the things you enjoy doing to relax?
Joe Orton, a famous British playwright from the 1960’s had the best answer to this question, he said “Taking drugs and masturbating”….I don’t do drugs though… :)
I enjoy fishing and riding my Harley, it’s good to be away from cellphone reception and the computer for a few hours.
Thank you so much for joining me here today, Tim. I know my followers will enjoy this spotlight as much as I have conducting it. Good luck on all your future endeavors.
Thanks Harper, it’s been real :)
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The Accidental Hedonist - Part 1
British boy, Tim Goodwood, doesn't know what to make of his ever growing sexuality. Several fumbling encounters with his bum hole lead him on a startling journey of self discovery with the opposite sex in various and completely inappropriate places that lead to serious consequences of a cock-blocking nature.
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The Accidental Hedonist - Part 2
University, the place of experimental sex, sees Tim engaging in frivolous arse activity when he accidentally slips, falling into his male best friend.
The fates have no conscience whatsoever when another cruel twist falls into his lap in the form of a lesbian girlfriend who gets pregnant.
On a bumpy sexual spiral, the ‘Accidental Hedonist,’ is trussed up and spit out by the depravity of society leaving him in serious doubt.
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