Tim McGregor is a screenwriter and author, living in Toronto with his wife and children. When not writing, Tim can be found chasing away the nocturnal recycling people who creep into his yard.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Briefly; husband, father, blue collar schmuck, screenwriter (with a few dubious credits), former comic book artist. Terrible singer.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Everyday stuff like spending time with my family. That might sound hokey but life gets awful busy some times and it’s too easy to miss the important stuff.
What’s your writing process like?
Plant butt in chair and apply nose to the grindstone. Once a project is outlined, then it’s really just a matter of putting in the hours every day until you hit the finish line.
If you could no longer write, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be that weirdo guy on the street-corner ranting about the government. Writing keeps me sane so I hate to think what life would be like without it.
Name the first book you can remember reading.
Had to be a comic book. I think it was Doctor Spektor, a groovy ghost hunter type from the 70’s.
What’s currently on your TBR?
Morrissey’s autobiography. I’m curious what that guy’s story is about. I’m anticipating a lot of bitchy complaining. Also, Joseph Boyden’s new book, The Orenda.
In Burned Hands, Old Flames Tilda is a musician who has to come to terms with aging in this profession. Was that emotional aspect hard for you to write?
Not at all. The frustrations she feels at a stalled career is me channeling my own frustrations and conflicts with writing. They say write what you know…
Tilda is a very conflicted character, torn between two men she loves and the love of her music. What do you hope readers take away from this story.
Hmmm. That life is messy and conflicted and happy endings are nice in fairy tales but rarely apply to the everyday world. That relationships can be difficult to sustain and even within happy marriages, the heart can be pulled in different directions.
Out of all your stories, what character resonates with you the most?
Probably Tilda, from Old Flames. Aside from her artistic/career frustrations, she’s conflicted and makes mistakes and messy. That cuts pretty close to the bone.
Someone’s breaking into your home, what weapon do you grab? It can only be something in your bedroom.
Probably the missus. She’s a black belt in Taekwando and not to be trifled with when her sleep is disturbed. A dynamo in a tiny package.
Your television only has one channel that repeats the same movie 24/7. What is it?
Jaws. That would be an awesome channel; all Jaws, all the time.
You’ve given us wolves and now vampires. What can we expect from you next?
Ghosts, I think. I’ve been watching The Dead Files, about a medium who can see the dead. I find her fascinating.
Thank you, Tim, for taking the time to answer our questions.
Thanks for the opportunity!
Places you can find Tim:
New book newsletter: Tim’s Newsletter
Tim McGregor’s Books