Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sleeping Dogs Lie by Tim Holcombe

Tim Holcombe
I am sitting on my balcony in Orange Beach watching the waves roll it. The weather has been gorgeous and the atmosphere enhances my writing and my editing. I also brought a couple of books to read, one of which was published in 1957 and it is a science fiction book. It is called STAR BORN. I find it amazing how well the author wrote his words to paint a picture of an unknown galaxy and aliens. 

Today's author is a traveler in a sense because he loves to go cross country in his RV and write. There must be something in the air for us authors and our sense of adventure and traveling. Now let's meet today's author. Tim Holcombe is a full-time RVer. While traveling, Tim writes about his alter ego, Panama Parker, in the Panama Parker adventure series. His latest book, Sleeping Dogs Lie is now available as are his other books on Amazon in paperback, and for your Kindle device.

  1. Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
    I was raised in Marietta, Georgia. I'm a bona fide southerner, with an affection for magnolia trees, mint juleps, and college football. I share a love of travel with my wife, Marina, and we meander the roads of America in our RV, searching history, culture, quirkiness, and inspiration for the next book.
  2. What inspired you to author this book?
    My love of adventure and RV living is my inspiration. Sleeping Dogs Lie is the latest book in my Panama Parker Adventure series. Panama is my alter-ego, and a full-time RVer, constantly seeking adventure, while dodging trouble-filled obstacles, seemingly at every turn.
  3. Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
    It's a simple cover which corresponds with the theme of the book. Panama uncovers closely-guarded secrets about his family's past, and when his research leads him all the way to Alaska, he encounters a lot of detours. On one occasion, he is advised to simply let sleeping dogs lie. Naturally, he doesn't.

  4. Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
    I love southern humorists, such as Lewis Grizzard and Jerry Clower. Among writers, I enjoy the early works of Stuart Woods, Nelson Demille and Ken Follett. I think my style hopefully combines enough drama with humor, to hopefully keep the pages turning.
  5. What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
    Book marketing has a fairly impressive learning curve. It takes a lot of work to be successful, particularly for independent authors. The actual writing is, for me, the easiest part of the process. I'm fortunate to have a terrific editor and marketing director, who also happens to occupy the other half of our annual tax return (which she also prepares.)
  6. Tell your readers about your book.
    Sleeping Dogs Lie is the fourth volume in the Panama Parker adventure series. After his last living relative dies, Panama inherits his boyhood home. While going through some boxes in the cellar, he discovers photos which reveal the possibility of a relative he never knew existed. His search takes him all the way from Georgia to Alaska, in search of his uncle. His trip is filled with all sorts of problems. What he ultimately finds, changes him forever.

  7. Who is your target audience, and why?
    My target audience is anyone who enjoys a great story, complete with a few laughs, a few tears, and enough drama to keep you engaged. The Panama Parker series isn't gratuitous: there's no blood, gore, sex, or offensive language. My target audience enjoys this, I believe, and they know they're getting a fun, wholesome read, while still managing to press all the right buttons.
  8. What do you consider your greatest success in life?
    Three beautiful young ladies, and one very handsome young man. Can you top that?
  9. What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
    I think I'm pretty good at the development of my characters, as well as plot twists. Other than that, I'd say my unique southern flair, and my determination to write an engaging novel without being gratuitous.