Title: MONEY, FAMILY, MURDER
by Timothy Patten
Publisher: TMP Novels, LLC
Publish Date: July 14, 2015
Meet The Author
TIMOTHY PATTEN is retired, grew up in Highland Park, Illinois and graduated from University of Miami, Florida with a BBA and MBA in marketing. He volunteers and supports a few local charities in Orange County, California. Tim and his wife, Kathy live in Irvine, California for over twenty-seven years with their grown children and golden retrievers.
It developed over the last few years, but when I was in college it was different because you had a certain subject to report on depending on the class I was taking at the time. Creating a novel from scratch is a unique project to undertake in your middle years. As I got older and after watching hundreds of films and TV shows, I felt like I could accomplish something in writing.
What is it about the mystery-thriller genre that you find most appealing?
The unknown of what people might do to benefit themselves at the expense of others. Whether it’s stealing money or murdering someone in your way. Inthis case, you really don’t know until the end who did it and why which to me makes it moresuspenseful.
Where did your inspiration for the book come from?
Primarily from watching TV shows and movies in the theater like NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds or books that become movies like American Sniper or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. My wife and I have seen several movies in the last year like Selma, The Birdman and The Homesman where we either walked out of the theater in the middle of the movie or turned off the Pay Per View because it was either boring or too crazy. So I guess that I am in a new phase in my life where I want to try and create a book or storyline versus just being the viewer or reader.
Who / what are your biggest literary influences?
I’d say it’s Tom Clancy for a while because of the novels that he wrote which became movies like The Hunt For The Red October or Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which are more military subjects. My Dad was a Marine in the Korean War and was stationed in both New Orleans and Camp Pendleton and we watched a lot of war movies growing up because it was part of the culture at the time after WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War eras. I missed the Vietnam draft by less than a year and my wife and I still like watching war movies.
What did you enjoy most about writing MONEY, FAMILY, MURDER?
Watching the faces and hearing the comments from my family and friends after I gave them a copy and they read it because I never wrote a novel before and didn’t tell anyone about it until after our daughter was married in January. I didn’t want to spoil her special day and I knew that it could wait to quietly announce it.
What is the number one thing you want people to take away from your novel?
To enjoy the mysterious, thrilling storyline. I also want for them to pick in their minds who would be the actors and actresses playing the characters if itwas a movie.