Tim wrote his first story – a tale about a girl with round spectacles, a lightning-bolt-shaped scar and magic – when he was nine years old. (OK, so the bit about the scar isn’t true.)
After studying criminology and English literature at university, and working widely and dangerously as a landscaper and labourer, Tim obtained a cadetship at The Sun News-Pictorial. A decade in journalism followed at newspapers including The Age, Herald Sun, The Weekly Times and The Australian.
Journalism saw Tim travel to India, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and throughout country Victoria, covering everything from crime to politics. He won several awards before switching to online media, working briefly as a film reviewer and then as a website editor.
Tim’s first novel, Game as Ned, is a re-imagining of the Ned Kelly story exploring themes such as bullying, difference and injustice. Told through the eyes of two teenagers, the book has attracted rave reviews from secondary students, particularly from the toughest critics of all – reluctant readers. Game as Ned is a Children’s Book Council of Australia notable book (2008), and was long-listed for the Inky and Ned Kelly awards. It was also recommended as a book “useful for therapists” in the 2007 Australian Family Therapists Award for children’s literature.
Tim’s new novel for young adults, Five Parts Dead, was released in August 2010. Reviews have been sensational and at least one school has added Five Parts Dead to their Yr 10 book list with a view to triggering discussions about drink-driving, grief, guilt and truth. Feedback from students has also been brilliant, with many enjoying the mixture of mystery, horror, romance and the supernatural contained in the story.
TIM AT A GLANCE:
Married to the lovely Kristin with two offspring – one dragon and one monkey
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, The Messenger by Markus Zusak; Blankets by Craig Thompson (to name but a few)
Australia: Croajingalong, Vic; Great Ocean Road, Vic; Kangaroo Island, SA; Kakadu, NT; Snowy River, Vic-NSW.
Elsewhere: Kyoto, Japan; Jaipur, India; Yosemite NP, California, USA
Cyrano de Bergerac; The Incredibles; The Matrix; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Three Kings, Up in the Air
Ben Folds; Bruce Springsteen; Coldplay; Paul Kelly; The Waifs; Wilco
Australian Story; Skins; Deadwood; Bored To Death; Friday Night Lights