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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy

  • Be sure to read our review for “Eye” here at OBS.


eye-tim-blackSammy: Have to ask, have you been in a hurricane? You write about it so well I will be super surprised if you haven’t.

Tim Black: Yes, I have been in three in the last ten years.

Francis and Jeanne in 2004 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  Lost the roof with Jeanne.

Sammy: Will there be a second book? I would love to read more about this world you have created and see what happens to the characters.

Tim Black: There is indeed a sequel with the working title Intelligent Design. I am currently touching it up a bit.

Sammy: Can you tell us what you are working on next?

Tim Black: I just finished an historical novel set in 1942 about a Nazi spy who lands on Jupiter Island in Martin County, Florida (where I live and where “Eye” is set).

Sammy: This story has very sharp edges on which side of the fence people landed on. 

“The first group believes that God has intervened to save them, while the second group believes there is a scientific reason for their circumstances.” Which side of the fence would you lean on?

Tim Black: Well, I’d rather like to duck that question as I believe the sequel will answer it and to answer it now might give away the plot of the sequel.

Sammy: What is your favorite book as an adult?   

Tim Black: There are so many.  I really enjoyed From Here to Eternity by James Jones.  I also loved On The Beach, Earth Abides and Alas, Babylon.

Sammy: I really enjoyed the history peppered throughout your book. Was there a reason behind the times you choose to interlace within the story?

Tim Black: I taught history for 25 years and history always seems to find a way into my stories.  I think I lace my stories with history because there is still a good deal of the teacher in me.

Sammy: There were wonderful light things but also some dark things that make a person think and wonder….What is one thing you would like people to get from reading your book? 

Tim Black: That human beings have the capacity for both good and evil; that theme will be further developed in the sequel.  And, as the Bard once wrote: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”  The universe is just as endless as man’s imagination.

Sammy: Thanks again for the opportunity of reading your interesting and thought provoking story.  Keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.