Today we have Timothy Cavinder sharing a bit with us his book, The Finding. 🙂 Welcome, welcome.
The city of River’s Edge has been quarantined due to a rodent borne rabies outbreak. But it quickly becomes clear to the citizens that the infection it is something much, much worse than rabies…
The townsfolk are attacked and fed upon by packs of the living dead. Labeling the infected residents “bees” for their tendency to travel in swarms, Gavin and Benny attempt to survive the chaos in River’s Edge while making their way north in search of sanctuary. No one knows what waits outside the quarantined zone, but Gavin and Benny know that to survive, they must escape.
Reena Jacobs: Two books under your belt and one on the way. Tell us about your most recent publication.
Timothy Cavinder: The Finding — There are a lot of emotional damaged people in The Finding. People who have been seriously let down by others throughout their lives. In the course of the book they are looking for someone or something to fill that great void. What they end up finding isn’t what they expect. I enjoyed writing it because life is like that, moving through all the disappointment hoping and looking for something or someone to make us feel complete, but what we end up finding isn’t always what we expect.
RJ: Life often does seem like a quest to find someone… or something. Web designer? Lots of fun! Did you design your cover? And if so, how were you able to apply your skills as a web designer to the task?
TC: I didn’t design the cover but I hope do that for a future book.
RJ: The color scheme is beautiful, by the way. Dark but still hopeful. I stopped by your blog and see you’re reading The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman. With your life being so busy, I imagine some of his techniques have been beneficial. Which ones have you been able to apply?
TC: It is a great book with lots of ideas beneficial not just to the business world but life itself. One is his idea of MIT: Most Important Task. He writes that we shouldn’t treat everything on our to do list as equally important. In the morning make a list on a 3X5 card of two or three tasks that will make the most difference, keeping this separate from our normal to do list, work on these MIT’s first thing in the morning. Set a time frame say I’m going to accomplish my MIT’s today by 10:00 a.m. Treat this MIT list as something that HAS to get done, no interruptions, e-mails and phone calls can wait. It works well and what a great way to deal with the rest of the day knowing you knocked out your MIT’s already.
RJ: Sounds like a smart plan. I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in the not important/not urgent tasks… or even procrastinating until the important/not urgent tasks become important/urgent tasks. 🙂 The MIT list seems like a good way to get the important tasks completed without becoming overwhelmed. How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?
TC: There’s always a good deal of it in the stories. I have drawn personality traits from people I have known or from family members even.
RJ: All the world’s a stage, right? 🙂 What’s the hardest part of the writing process?
TC: Finding the time and some place quiet. My children are young and I am always interrupted by such things as a broken crayon or somebody isn’t taking turns. As such, I try to work in the morning which means telling myself I don’t need that hour of sleep. The other part that is difficult is I am not real patience with myself. If I have an idea I want to express I want it on paper and perfect right now. But life and writing isn’t like that.
RJ: How about the easiest?
TC: When ideas pop into my head while I’m doing something else. I think Okay I can use that.
RJ: Hopefully you’re not like me and forget by the time you get it on paper. 🙂 With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?
TC: I tend to want to rush things. Not there there is a lot I would change but I have to remind myself to make sure I know what I need to know, that the writing is really the best it can be, before moving on to the next step. I’m really happy to be where I am in my writing and publishing this is an exciting time for people who love words, be it writers or readers.
RJ: Definitely. Do you have any advice for other writers?
TC: Close your eyes, think of someone you don’t know, imagine their facial features, their personality, what they do for a living, what they think about often, where they live, what they want from their life. Dwell on that for a minute or two and know that someone just like this is probably out there somewhere right now.
RJ: Anything special you’d like to say to readers?
TC: If you read The Finding and post a review on Amazon I’ll find a way to get you a doughnut and a cup of coffee.
RJ: Now you’re talking! What are you working on now?
TC: Dream Dots is a mystery in which the clues come through dreams. The main character has to connect the dots(clues) to solve the mystery. He believes he is being lead to discover something extremely valuable only to be surprised that it is something else, something he never imagined. And a love story breaks out too. I hope to have this out in 2013.
RJ: Many thanks for stopping by.
About the Author
I graduated from Indiana University with degrees in English and History. I have worked in factories, warehouses, as a news reporter and as a chef. My latest endeavor is that of a work at home father, designing and developing websites, writing fiction, and raising two children all the while attempting to hang onto my sanity. The Finding is my third work of fiction.
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