Today I have the pleasure of presenting an interview with Timothy C. Hobbes, author of many, many things. Let’s take a moment and get to know him a little better…
Timothy C. Hobbs was born on January 23, 1950 in Temple, Texas. His older brother was a lover of horror movies and literature. Tim naturally followed his brother’s lead and was seduced by all things dark and dangerous as well as those “long leggedty beasties” that go bump in the night. Tim began writing horror and supernatural stories in the sixth grade and has never stopped. He currently is retired from his thirty five year job as a medical technologist and lives in Robinson, Texas with his wife Donna, who is also a published author of literary fiction. He has had short stories and poems published in New Texas, an annual literary collection of Texas writers, a short story and flash fiction piece in Dark Tales, a U.K. publication, and a short story in spinetinglermag.com, an on-line Canadian magazine. A recent short story, The Visitor, appeared in the April 2013 edition of SOL: English Writing in Mexico. Also, a short story, Moon in Submergence, was published in the 2013 Sirens Call Publications anthology FEAR: Of the Water. A flash fiction piece, Luna, is scheduled for publication in the spring 2014 edition of the Deep Water Literary Journal. His short story collection, Mothertrucker and Other Stories and a novel Veils were published through Publish America in 2008. His novels The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata, and a novella The Smell of Ginger, were published by Vamplit Publishing in the United Kingdom and recently republished by Visionary Press. Netherworld Books in the United Kingdom published his novel Maiden Fair in 2013. In the Blink of a Wicked Eye, a collection of his flash and short fiction, is due for publication in 2014 by Sirens Call Publications. His new novel Down in the Hollow There will be published in November 2014 by Angelic Knight Press. Mr. Hobbs’ author page can be viewed at Amazon.
Welcome Timothy, let’s get to the questions. Using ten words or less, tell me about The Pumpkin Seed.
Three century rollercoaster vampire ride through India, England, and America.
What song would you want to play during the opening credits of your book were it made into a movie? Why?
Franz Liszt’s The Mephisto Waltz. Besides being one of my favourite classical pieces, I refer to the work in a scene that takes place on a cruise ship.
Very nice! Who would you want to direct the story of your life? Is there anyone specific you’d like to play you?
Ridley Scott for the director. Brad Pitt as the actor because I’ve always wanted to be handsome for just a bit.
Oh I love Ridley Scott! Tell us about your writing process? Are you a planner or a pantser? Do you prefer to hand write your works or type them directly into your word processor?
I keep an ongoing list of ideas. I start with one of those and let the story come to life as I go. I’ve never outlined the course.
I use the word processor. I actually am a hunt and peck typist, so the word processor is a great aid for me.
What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself: something you wish you knew then that you know now?
Be open to constructive criticism and learn to edit and edit and edit. The story may be the art form, but editing is what will propel its success.
Great advice! What are the three books that really inspired you to become a writer?
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Guy Endore’s The Werewolf of Paris
W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage
Now it’s time for the Rapid. Fire. Questions.
- Coffee or tea? Tea
- Cats or dogs? Dogs
- Snow or sun? Snow
- Print books or eReader? Print books
- Nachos or potato chips? Potato chips
- Baked or fried? Baked
- Candy or chocolate? Candy
- Comedy, Romance, or Horror? Horror
- Action, Science Fiction, or Animated? Science Fiction
- Classics or Modern? Classic
- Old World or New World? Old World
- Sweet or spicy? Spicy
- Comfort or Speed? Comfort
Thank you Timothy for taking the time to answer my questions. If you’d like to keep in touch with Timothy, you can find him on Facebook.
Now let’s take a look at The Pumpkin Seed…
“I am a drinker of human blood and an eater of human flesh, a monster dressed in the skin of a man.” So states Charles, the main character of the novel, after being infected with a virus transmitted by an insect vector.
The Pumpkin Seed opens in India near the Nepal border in the late 17th century. A commissioned officer of the East India Company is seeking a profitable new trade route into China. Indian bandits of the Thuggie clan attempt to stop this further invasion by the British and release a plague of insects, which carry a unique virus. This organism not only infects humans, it transforms the chemical and physical nature of the host’s body. Longevity, resilience and the need to feed on human blood and flesh make the host an efficient killing machine, especially in regard to the human race.
The novel follows the characters through 17th and 18th century England and India, culminating in present day Austin, Texas. Set in the orphanages of London and in the vile body snatching trade, a host of characters, who are as despicable as their deeds, search for the truth and a cure for their malady.
The Pumpkin Seed takes us through the vices of greed, hate, love and despair and creates a modern novel that puts colonialism in the spotlight and asks difficult questions about this generation’s guilt for the crimes of its ancestors. This novel is a classic vampire tale with a twist, told beautifully from the point of view of the vampire.