Today I'm thrilled to share an interview with someone very special to me
who decided to take steps to make his dream come true. It takes courage to put our writing out into the world. Building a
writing career is so difficult, and starting a publishing company is huge.
Tim's goal is to make a difference,
not only his life and the lives of his children, but also to help make the
dreams of other writers come true. In order to do that, he'll need lots of
support. When it comes to supporting one another, there's no better group
than the folks of Poetry Friday. I hope
you enjoy learning more about him, his new book, and publishing company.
Congrats on your debut book,
Tim! Although BLOTS is written for adults, many of the stories told in
verse first appeared on your blog. Tell us a little about who and
what inspired BLOTS.
Thanks for inviting me
here today. The Poetry Friday group has
been a major influence on my writing. The support from this community really
encouraged me to think “maybe I can do this writing thing”. That encouragement
was what I needed to go for it.
BLOTS is a collection
of short stories and novellas that explores different types of ghosts &
monsters. A few of the stories in BLOTS, like BREADCRUMBS and CAMP CRATER FALLS,
first appeared on my blog. These stories
were rewritten for BLOTS to explore the world and characters more deeply. Inspiration for these stories came from many
In BLOTS, each story
has an “Author’s Notes” section where I discuss the inspiration for the story
and talk about what it means to me. I love the behind the scenes work of
authors. In talking to readers, I found
a lot of other people like that too. For instance, in the Author’s Notes of THE
WISP, I talk about the little town outside of Dublin, Ireland that inspired the
main character’s journey. The story behind the story is always fun and helps
the me connect with the reader even more.
Why did you decide to become a
publisher? What is your vision for the future of your company, Making
Adventure. Does your plan include working to publish other authors?
Great question! I
considered traditional publishing but turned to my own company because I don’t
want to just publish books. I see Making Adventure
as a “storytelling company”. Our company mission is: To connect the world
through the power of stories. Written stories are powerful and books can transform
With the rise of other storytelling mediums such as dramatic
podcasts, metaverse worlds and interactive fiction – I believe that books are
part of a broad and growing palette of storytelling. Some stories are best told
verbally, some stories cannot be told by one person (like Dungeons &
Dragons), some cannot be told any way other than a book and some stories can be
lived in virtual reality. Stories can transform us and the different mediums
can create amazing new experiences as well as reach new audiences. I don’t want
to be bound just to books. I want to tell the stories in the medium that best
communicates the story. That’s why I’ve been exploring Artificial Intelligence
voice actors/actresses and metaverse release parties. I talk about these things
on my blog and the lessons I’m learning about them.
On the topic of
publishing and working with other storytellers, absolutely this is part of the
vision. At this time, I’m focusing on adult/YA horror, but I’m also planning a separate
imprint for picture books and middle grade. I look forward to sharing some exciting news
in this area next year.
What are some ways we help support
BLOTS and Making Adventure?
I’m a big believer in
engaging the crowd and building a community. Right now, I’m new and still
working on building a crowd for my stories. The best way to support BLOTS is to
share my website timkulp.com and my Facebook page facebook.com/tkulpwriter
with people who like horror (adult and YA).
The reader who would enjoy
BLOTS is someone who loves Edgar Allan Poe style stories. The gore is
mild, the tone is creepy, the settings are ordinary every day places. Using the verse
format, these stories are spacious reads with a quick tempo. I pictured someone
reading these stories to a group around a camp fire as I was writing them. If
you know this person, or a group of these people, please share my website and Facebook
What projects are you working on
I’m currently working on two novels. I began writing one of them in 2019 and have shared
a good deal about it with the Poetry Friday community. It is a YA horror
novel-in-verse called [dis]CONNECTION. I’m really excited about this one
because it is the first in a series with some amazing characters that I think
readers will fall in love with…or be terrified of in some cases. The other
novel-in-verse is a book that started as a short story in 1998 but has grown in
my mind. This one is adult, but most of the themes are YA friendly. Both of
these books are teased at the end of BLOTS.
Finally, I recognize
that one of the things readers want is the answer to “and then…”. To that end,
I’m working on a serial that will continue one of the stories in BLOTS. This is
still an early project, but I am experimenting with a diary style story that
will be available in parts for the readers.
What is one thing people might not
know about you?
I’m a struggling
reader that has a very hard time going through dense texts. I could plough
through a 1000-page technical manual on how to write software code but couldn’t
push through a 300-page novel. What I didn’t realize is that technical manuals,
especially software coding books, have a lot of white space and monospace text.
This makes it way easier to read. I love books written in the novel-in-verse
format because they would have been the perfect books to build my confidence as
a reader. BLOTS is mostly in verse format because I love to write in that style
and haven’t found enough horror stories in verse for adults.
Thank you for your time, Tim. I'm looking forward to BLOTS and all the amazing plans you have for your publishing company.
BLOTS is available for pre-order on Kindle, paperback and hard cover will be available starting Oct. 22.
Tim is a storyteller, technophile and author of the new horror collection BLOTS. From
B movies to blockbusters, Tim has a passion for horror and exploring
the things that give us the shivers. Stories from authors like Poe,
Lovecraft, Tolkien and King have shaped Tim’s writing style with a focus
on world building and monster making. When not
writing fiction, Tim is a regular contributor to technology publications
on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality. He’s a Dungeons &
Dragons fanboy and enjoys life just outside of Baltimore, MD with his
wife, kids, dog, and cat. Keep up with Tim on his blog https://www.timkulp.comA special thank
you to Bridget for hosting today! She is celebrating the publication of her anthology. Congratulations, to Bridget and all the poets included in her 10-10 Poetry Anthology. I'm honored to be among them!