About Tim

I was born in Plymouth, England in the late fifties. Dad was an oceanographer, so we moved around a bit. At the age of six, I took my first airplane ride: an Atlantic crossing in a Pan-Am 707. While dad took a sabbatical at Scripps, I attended La Jolla Elementary, where they put me in a remedial reading program. Thank you, Dr. Seuss. I wrote my first story there. We went back to England on the Queen Elizabeth.  During two years attending a public school in Plymouth, I devoured all the Dr. Doolittle and Professor Branestawm books; anything that made me laugh.

We moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba when I was nine. At around twelve, I first handled the controls of an aircraft- a glider at my brother’s club. First deadline: stayed up all night to finish my grade six homework, a mystery story. I still have it. It’s awful. Became a Canadian, and last time I checked, I still had dual citizenship.I paid a visit to England at fifteen, and on a side-trip, crossed the English Channel by hovercraft. By then I was devouring science fiction and anything that looked like it. Around then I wrote my first science fiction story, about a research vessel that retrieves an alien probe from the ocean. I managed a twist on the ending, and the teacher asked me to read it out loud for the class.

I finished high school by correspondence from Cronulla, New South Wales while dad was on sabbatical in Australia. While there I visited the Great Barrier Reef in a flying boat at seventeen. Back in Canada, university didn’t work out. I failed all my science courses, but aced Medieval Literature. It did not penetrate that I was better with words than numbers. I dropped out and learned to fly at eighteen, near Winnipeg. My first writing sale was a humorous anecdote from my flight training days for Reader’s Digest. It made the International edition, and paid $200.

My first flying job was dropping skydivers on weekends. Bonus perk: free jumps. I got two short stories published in CanPara under the pen name Conway Brown, including “Jumping Through a Loophole” a speculative fiction piece that featured a parachutist and an airship.

I spent some years as a seasonal bush pilot, working in Cochrane, Ontario; Thompson and Wabowden in Manitoba, where I met my wife; and La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

When flying was slow, I took a night-school course to learn radio announcing and worked at CJRL in Kenora, Ontario for three years.

I still live in Kenora, but I went back to flying and transitioned from float planes to turbine twins. I mostly fly judges and lawyers to remote communities in Northwestern Ontario. Because flying airplanes is my work, my vacations often involve trips by car. I like food and wine, so I started blogging to share my road trips with like-minded friends. Restaurant reviews became a part of it, but restaurants come and go, so you may find broken links to menus.

I got serious about my hobby of writing science fiction a few years ago. I started taking writing workshops and attending writing gatherings in Kenora and Winnipeg. I adopted the pen name Timothy Gwyn and wrote a science fiction short story that won a prize. The contest was small, but the judge was Robert J. Sawyer, a famous Canadian author of SF. I have completed one novel, pitched it to publishers and signed a contract with Five Rivers. Avians is an SF adventure about girls, gliders and airships, and it’s tentatively scheduled for release in August of 2017. I’m working on a sequel, and I’ve also published a couple of short stories, with more to come. Those years as a radio announcer weren’t wasted; I’m active on the narration team for the podcasts of Antipodean SF.

Many of my vacation trips are now built around a SF conventions, and my travel blog (formerly known as Tim’s Road Noise) has been merged into Timothy Gwyn Writes as the two interests became interwoven.

One thought on “About Tim

  1. Sounds like a kind of life many would envy!! I wouldn’t mind flying around where you do as a passenger, armed with camera and lenses and maybe even a metal detector to use while waiting for the suits to finish their business! Must say, I’ve enjoyed your A to Z series thus far! 😉
    PS – Do let me know whey you find a publisher… I’m also searching! 😀

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