Bio: Author Tim Tindall
I’m an artist and a writer from St. Louis. I’ve always been a fan of old movies and horror. I lived in L.A. for a while and got to work on a movie as an assistant to the director. I published a children’s picture book and now this book. My next book after this one is about serial killers.
What’s the story about?
The story is about betrayal and revenge. It starts off in the 1700’s. A judge is on his deathbed surrounded by friends and family. They bring in a sin-eater so he can die cleansed. A sin-eater is someone who absorbs someone’s sins through bread and wine. The judge’s sins are so horrible that the sin-eater won’t absorb them. So, they decide to pawn the sins off to the town’s homeless drunk. Little did they know that he would see the visions of the sins and one of them is related to him. He snaps and attacks everyone in sight. They carry him back to the judge’s house and perform an exorcism on him, but it goes horribly wrong. He gets sucked into a mirror, the mirror turns black and the room becomes quiet.
Years later a young woman’s grandmother dies and leaves her a dresser with a black mirror. She is distraught that she didn’t get to say goodbye to her Grandmother. Her friend who knows a bit or two about ghosts tells her about communicating with the dead through black mirrors. They decided to do a seance to reach her, but instead they unsuspectingly release an evil to be known as the Sin-eater.
Where did the idea for the story come from?
I was actually outside on a cold rainy night. The street lamp was the only light in the distance. A swing started creaking and the story just unfolded in my mind. I’d even go for walks at night and see a road with the trees hanging over and I’d picture a scene and think, “Yes, this would be perfect”.
What is it about the story that inspired you to write the book?
Really it was just about wanting to share my idea, share my story. Everything came together smoothly. Even though it’s horror and there are deaths and terrible things happen, it’s quite beautiful.
How long did it take to write?
The story was in my head for a year. I had to change a key part of the story when a movie came out with a key part of my story in that movie’s plot, which happens a lot to me with ideas. I take it as a good thing though. But the story had to change and took off from there. It actually became better and more unique.
What makes it stand out among others?
First off, the deaths. They are original. Think of deaths that were handed out to people who were accused of and convicted of being witches. I wanted to make a story that people would be drawn to. Something new and fresh. Characters you can relate to and care for, not just random victims. Even the antagonist. I want the reader to be torn with their feelings about him.
Is there anything you would change about it?
As of now I can’t think of anything I would change, but anything can happen. If something comes up that would make the story better, then I’m all for it. I have key items and story lines that are set in stone, but other things I am open to. You have to be open to new ideas to make things work. If you go in saying “no no no,” you can hurt yourself and your idea. What makes sense to you may not make sense to others.
What is your favorite horror book?
I don’t have a favorite really. It’s not fair to choose one, haha. I have to say that I love Christine, but I also like books about real instances too, like Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places. That’s real stuff. I lived in a haunted apartment for a year. Do you know how it feels to be making chicken alone and then a pair of legs just walks down the hallway? That is horror.
Who is your favorite horror writer?
Present day you have to go with Steven King. All of his books that became movies and cult classics are amazing. I’d also have to add Edgar Allan Poe. His stories stay with you. As you read it strikes something inside you and you want to keep going. He died a fitting death. He has been gone for about 167 years and he’s still in the spotlight. If you strike a chord with people over many generations, you did it right.
Would the book work as a movie?
Yes, it would and that is the plan in the future. The whole story plays out like a movie. That’s the way I’m going with the art direction. I grew up watching Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Vincent Price, Cary Grant and the Universal Monster movies. The cinematography was different back then. Zoomed in shots to make the scene more dramatic, the angles and dialogue were strong. Having a 10-minute scene in one room but you’re drawn into it. I see those movies as comics in a way. Taking that long scene, showing the most dramatic shots and views, the most important lines and putting them on paper. Every panel has to be important.
Well, my final thoughts are for everyone. If you have an idea or a dream, go for it. If you believe in yourself, you can make it happen. There may be doubt in the back of your mind, but instead of thinking “what if this fails”, change it to “what if this succeeds?” I never thought I’d get the chance to make a horror book. Now I’m working on other books too, but I made that chance. I even created a children’s picture book to help kids learn and even to use as a self-therapy for autism and more.
The feedback I get from families make it worthwhile. I get to meet new people doing the same thing and we trade ideas with each other about our own projects and even about collaborating on future projects. So, just put yourself out there, believe in yourself and try. It could change your life. If you don’t know where to start or you want to try or anything you can write me on my page. I will always help people who need it. If I can be the stepping stone to get you going then I will do it.