PERVERSE by Tim Walker, is an eclectic collection of short, snatched memories and random ideas that tumbled out of a monthly spoken word event called The Innerverse. ‘Perversity’, is an obstinate urge or contrary behaviour; a wilful desire to not conform. Life can sometimes be perverse – full of contradictions, disappointments, grief and sheer bloody-mindedness. But despite this, our sense of what is right and our collective willingness to submit to the rule of law, provides a counterbalance that somehow gets us through.
This collection of verse and prose is a pastiche of life, a nod to history and current affairs, a wistful look back, a hope for better days, and a celebration of life and all its riches…
The hoot of a barn owl was met by the stony glare of a gargoyle, fashioned by medieval masons to guard the holy building from evil. But tonight, they have failed.
A wraith-like figure danced down the aisle, glowing in the cavernous darkness, revenge on her mind.
Orange and yellow flames licked the inside of the monstrous granite cathedral, feeding off rows of wooden pews, torching tapestries and melting lead in stained glass windows that popped colourful shards.
Esmerelda smiled as she skipped barefoot through the barred oak doors, out into the silent square, past the scene of her murder.
A Bite of… Tim Walker
Q1. Why do you write?
I started creative writing in 2013 as a consequence of a long, drawn-out battle with skin cancer. I did an online creative writing course and started writing short stories. Bu 2015 I had enough stories for a book, and put together my first book, Thames Valley Tales, learning to self-publish using the Amazon platform. I write as a celebration of a new lease of life, after fearing my demise.
Q2. Chocolate cake or coffee cake?
I love coffee cake, because my mum used to make delicious coffee cake, a perfect accompaniment to a mug of tea.
Q3. What time of day do you write best?
If I have a book on the go, I often have ideas in the night and wake up with ideas in my head. I find I’m at my creative best in the first three hours of the day. It’s morning for me!
Tim Walker is an independent author living near Windsor in the UK. He grew up in Liverpool where he began his working life as a trainee reporter on a local newspaper, The Woolton Mercury. A media career ensued, including a stint overseas in Zambia.
He started an historical fiction series, A Light in the Dark Ages, in 2015, following a visit to the near-by site of a former Roman town. The aim of the series is to connect the end of Roman Britain to elements of the Arthurian legend, presenting an imagined history of Britain in the early Dark Ages.
His latest book is Arthur, Dux Bellorum, a re-imagining of the story of King Arthur, published in March 2019. Book four in the A Light in the Dark Ages series, it won two book awards in April 2019 – One Stop Fiction Book of the Month and the Coffee Pot Book Club Book Award. The final book in the series, Arthur Rex Brittonum, is due out in June 2020.
The series starts with Abandoned (second edition 2018); followed by Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (2017); and book three, Uther’s Destiny (2018). Series book covers are designed by Canadian graphic artist, Cathy Walker. Tim is self-published under his brand name, timwalkerwrites.
Tim has also written two books of short stories, Thames Valley Tales (2015), and Postcards from London (2017); a dystopian thriller, Devil Gate Dawn (2016); and two children’s books, co-authored with his daughter, Cathy – The Adventures of Charly Holmes (2017) and Charly & The Superheroes (2018) with a third in the pipeline – Charly in Space.