Timothy K. Kiarie
Land barriers are no object to an interview with an author! I spoke to Tim recently about his latest work and his pen name Kim T Carey. Tim has published several works under his pen name and has now begun publishing under his own! Let's see what Tim has been up to!
Hi, Timothy welcome to the Author of the Week interview, let's begin with you telling us a little about yourself.
I am 60 years old, living in Nairobi, Kenya where I was born and grew up. After high school, I worked in an international bank for seven and a half years, then pursued a career in IT rising to Customer Support & Training Manager ( I enjoy solving software problems and coaching adults in IT). Since 2007 I have tried my hand at MLM (offline and online), forex trading and writing. In point of fact, I've written since 1993 but not seriously. Only in 2016 did I launch 'Mile 327'. I have lots of travel stories about overland journeys I have done, piles of erotica and other scribbling sitting on my hard disk.
What got you into writing?
When I took a journey, I wanted to record it in writing. Thus it was like taking it twice over without paying the subsequent times!!
Then in 2008, I read a guidebook on London. I felt I knew that city, then thought, 'someone should write such on Nairobi, little thinking that 8 years later that would be 'MOI!'
It sounds like your travels heavily influenced you. What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing?
I wish I could get it down as fast as I think; typing is so slow! I love revising what I have written; sometimes I wonder if it was truly myself.
Ah, you must be one finger typing lol. My hands fly across a keyboard! Who is the worst villain you’ve ever written, and why?
A sleazeball who hit upon women at funerals. He preferred that they be recent widows.
He sounds dreadful! What is next on your list to write/publish?
A panoramic historical novel centred on my village near Nairobi, from the dim history a thousand years ago to the present when high-rise dwellings give the lie to the moniker 'village'.
That sounds really interesting. Who is your favourite author, and why?
Isaac Asimov from whom I learnt Astronomy but who wrote superb science fiction (I, Robot; Second Foundation; and lots others.
Arthur C Clarke of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and its sequels. Both wrote sci-fi that was so like known science, only a little exaggerated because they were both highly qualified in their fields. I could include James Mitchener.
Who encouraged you the most to write?
I guess it was my childhood friend who was a retired teacher at the time. He nudged me towards reading, and also speaking good English. Another was my teacher in the final year of primary school. In high school, my English teacher stoked the fires. Finally, it was Robert Greene's book 'Mastery' which shocked me into connecting me to what he called 'primal inclinations'. I realised mine was the written word. I wish I had read him earlier, say my teenage years!
Are you as avid a reader as a writer?
I am an eclectic reader of books on astronomy, physics, mathematics, computing, psychology, music. I read historical novels, erotica and many others which I lay paws on.
Basically anything of the written word! What’s your favourite genre?
Currently, I read more of erotica in eBook form
Do you listen to music when you write? Or can’t you stand background noise when writing?
I would have BBC FM radio in the far background, but music is distracting.
If you could interview any famous author who would it be and why?
All of the abovementioned are no longer with us.
Tell me a secret that none of your fans know!
My sexual fantasies know no boundaries. From the Queen to relatives to unknown people (sometimes even men!) Fortunately I never try to live them out.
Tell me what your main character would say about you!
Probably be very confused as to who this old codger really is!
Lol Timothy, at least it isn't mean. Finally, any words of advice?
Writing is lonely work. During the writing phase, your spouse may not see anything physical and term it 'useless'. But one needs to keep the main thing the main thing: writing. It not even about the money (welcome though it is!)
Thank you, Timothy, for talking with me today! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next! To keep up to date with Timothy please follow him on the following links