Interview: Tim Trimble

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Interviews, Sci-Fi
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I recently interviewed Tim Trimble, author of Zegin’s Adventures in Epsilon which is now available (click here).  This is a printed edition of his first two works Zegin’s Infection (click here) and Zegin’s Abduction (click here) with added bonus content.  Tim is my kind of guy, a computer geek who loves to write novels.  We cover everything from why he is Bill Gates writing under a pen name, to the Pythagorean Theorem and why it is utterly useless in real world applications, to who would win in a battle royale hackathon between Turing and Zuckerberg on a Raspberry Pi.  You can find links to his work and contact information at the bottom of the interview.  Here’s how it went:

Will:  Tell me about yourself, where are you from?  Family?  Kids?  Tell me something not on your bio.

Tim:  I was an Army brat growing up with most of my teen and early adult years in Indianapolis. As a teen, I wrote many short stories, which I carried around in a hand-made, string bound, book. I wish I still had it. Those stories were pretty crazy. At 15, I learned to play the guitar and until around eight years ago, most of my creativity was poured into writing and performing music. Every now and then I would crank out a short story and share it with my wife and five kids. (Yes. Five!) Between the music, a large family, and a technical career, we were always very busy, but it was a lot of fun. In 2006 the music stopped due to a brain tumor between my left ear and the cerebral cortex. I had a successful surgery and recovery, with the side effect of losing my hearing on the left. Since I can no longer separate individual sounds and instruments, my musical creativity came to a halt. The blessing however, is my creative juices lead me back to story writing.

Will:  Ok, I went to your website saw your head shot there, and I want you to admit to my audience right now.  I know Tim isn’t your name, you are Bill Gates writing under a pen name, aren’t you?  There’s only one correct answer to this.  Seriously, check out the head shot from his site and tell me I’m wrong.


Tim:  LOL. That would explain the looks I get when I walk around Redmond. While I have a lot of parallels in my technical career with Billy, aside from watching him deliver a keynote speech at a developer’s conference, I’ve not had the opportunity to personally meet him, or take his place. At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Will:  I see that you are a tech geek.  I’m assuming you are great at math.  Tell me when you have ever used the Pythagorean theory in your entire life, other than taking a test.  Keep in mind, two people in my family are math teachers and I plan on rubbing it in their face when you tell me you haven’t.

Tim:  Before I got into programming I used to do sheet metal work. I knew of the Pythagorean theorem and I’ve cut my share of triangles, but I’ve never had to calculate out the squares of the legs. Yes, I was good at math in school, and I once told my algebra teacher that I had no clue what I would ever use it for in real life. His response was, “Trust me, you will.” Oh, if only I knew of Yoda’s voice back then. The first time I cracked open a book on programming it was like a big algebraic hand came out and smacked me. There was the algebra! So, yes, you can go rub some faces.

Will:  Tell me about Zegin and how you came up with the idea for the novels.  What can my readers expect if they decide to purchase your novel?  Why should they read it instead of something else in the same genre?

Tim:  I’ve had a pretty geeky career in programming, computer repairs, and data communications. I wondered what my life would be like if I was a couple hundred, or even a thousand years in the future. That’s when I came up with the persona for Zegin – a MacGyver type character who specialized in fixing computer and electronic systems of space ships. The idea for Zegin’s Infection came up when thinking about what computer viruses would be like in the future. From that came the whole background for Zegin’s universe. His past career in the naval forces, the alien race that painfully co-exists with the terranians in the same galaxy, and some of the political and commercial interests which affects the general population in that environment. Next came Zegin’s Abduction, which is a sequel and goes into more detail about the Sarreth alien race and their conflicts with the humans who moved into their solar systems.

The Zegin stories are not full length novels, but they’re also not short stories. I like to think of them as the story equivalent of television episodes in a evolving season. A person can pretty much digest both stories in under a couple hours. I also aim at making Zegin’s universe plausible. Hard sci-fi as some would refer to it. No mystical forces or fantasy aspects are in the Zegin adventures. Plus, I target all my writing for a young adult, or PG rated readership. It’s my personal belief that crude language or graphic intimacy is not necessary for telling a good story. It should be enjoyable for both a younger teen and for an adult market as well. Many of my readers are not young adults and I’ve received good reviews and ongoing requests for the next Zegin story.

Will:  You probably denied that you are Bill Gates in the question above, but seriously, admit it.  Please.  I need the traffic.  YOU ARE HIM!  Aren’t you?

Tim:  Well, if I was to lose a little weight and get some big circular lens glasses, I could maybe be a doppelganger for Bill. I sure wouldn’t mind his source of income. But, if it helps to drive traffic to your site, go for it! Again, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Will:  What steps do you take when you self-publish?  Do you stay loyal to Amazon?  Do you publish to many retailers?  Do you make your titles available in paperback?

Tim:  First off, I’m a big believer in quality. I have an editor and a artist for my books. I want to make sure I provide a high level of quality with my stories. I want to grow the readership and hear how they enjoy my stories. I used to get a huge thrill from an audience singing my songs along with me. Now I get a big thrill when a reader tells me how much they loved my story and that they can’t wait for the next one.

Regarding distribution, I am currently married to Amazon and CreateSpace. However, that’s going to change in the near future. I’ll continue to rely on CreateSpace for the printed version of Zegin’s Adventures in Epsilon, but Zegin’s Infection and Zegin’s Abduction will soon become available on many other outlets. The goal is to have the ebooks drive traffic to the paperback. This will also grow the readership for the next big surprise for later in 2015. (If the editing goes well.)

Will:  Science wars!  Who would win in a Raspberry Pi hackathon between Alan Turing and Mark Zuckerberg?  Explain your answer.

Tim:  I think Alan would be the best fit for taking the capabilities of the Pi and pushing it to its full limits. Alan would do all he could to fully understand the architecture of the internal workings and squeeze every bit of potential out of it. Mark, on the other hand, is more consumer focused. His approach is more from an application and interface side and how it can gather up a larger market.

Can’t thank Tim enough for being a good sport and answering my questions.  You can pick up a copy of Tim’s works at the links below and please be sure to share this interview on your social media sites to help out a fellow indie.

Bio:  I’m a author, freelance writer, technologist, and software developer – basically a geek who likes to write. I’ve written books for Microsoft Press, Wiley Publications, user guides, and more articles than I can count on all my digits. While the non-fiction writing has been great, my heart lies in the telling of stories.

Some of my favorite authors are David Brin, Orson Scott Card, Alan Dean Foster, Steven Gould, Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony, Greg Bear, Stephen Baxter, Andre Norton, Ben Bova, Ray Bradbury, and Tom Clancy. (Yeah, a crazy mix!)


click here to pick up a copy of Zegin’s Adventures In Epsilon

Contact Tim:

website:  click here

twitter:  click here

facebook:  click here

  1. Azy says:

    A surprise in 2015, eh? That ought to be interesting!


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