Today’s post is for Tim Hemlin’s People in Glass Houses . We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with Tim. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
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CANDIDATE FOR MURDER
While congressional candidate Chip Gunn sweet-talks power brokers at his Houston fund-raiser, all hell breaks loose for catering chef Neil Marshall. In the kitchen, Gunn’s guard is stabbed, and Neil’s assistant is found gripping a bloody knife, swearing she never used it.
But when the victim vanishes, Neil and his friends become ensnared in a lethal mystery where innocence offers no protection . . . and where people in glass houses never throw stones, but shoot to kill. . .
When you walk into a room what do you notice first? Second?
I notice people first, particularly women. The color of her hair, blonde as corn silk, red as sunset, dark as obsidian with coffee streaks, and whether it’s short or long, curly or straight, covering her shoulders or up so I can see the delicate almost girlish strands on the nape of her neck. Are her eyes blue as the Colorado sky, emerald green, chestnut brown? Do they sparkle and does her smile light up her face when she looks at the person she’s with? Is she wearing an ankle bracelet? A red dress? A ring? Or perhaps a gold cross and a high collar? Is the room large or small? Are there books? Pieces of art? Is the furniture heavy, delicate, functional or for show? And I also notice doors. I always have an exit strategy.
How would you change the world? The things around you? The people around you?
As a poet, I think I have something worth saying that perhaps might make people think differently about a subject. I don’t have a problem speaking my mind or calling people out when I think they’re full of it. As a matter of fact, I have a bad habit of jumping into the middle of anything if I feel someone’s being treated unjustly.
How do you learn best?
I learn best by doing. I’m a hands-on guy. I’d rather try something and fail than watch or be told about it. Maybe that’s why I’m a good cook. I’m not afraid to deviate from a recipe. Same with writing. It’s more fun to cross lines than follow conventionality.
What are your goals in life?
I used to think I wanted to be a college professor and a writer, which is why I’m in the creative writing program at the University of Houston. After kicking around with C. J. McDaniels and Linda Garcia, though, I’m beginning to like this PI game, despite everything I’ve been through. I guess that goes back to learning by doing. I like action. I don’t sit still very well.
What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?
Running, drinking beer, baseball, snooping, and cooking. Right now I have a part time job as a chef, but someday I want that to be a hobby.
Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride. He has published in poetry journals, anthologies, and magazines–most notably in Ellery Queen. Currently he has six published novels, two short stories and is included in an anthology.
By day he is an educator; however after teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master’s degree to work and is now a high school counselor. In addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman. He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.