Some testimonials from mentorees who have worked with Tim.
‘Tim helped me to find direction and to develop the themes within the ‘A Line of Blood’ that were already working; he was also very clear about the plot elements that he thought needed more work. No one enjoys receiving criticism, but Tim’s suggestions were clear, and accurate, and to-the-point. He was never prescriptive: we worked together to find out what I wanted to do with my book. I started out very cynical about the idea of mentoring: my novel is a much stronger novel for Tim’s involvement. I’m extremely grateful to him, and would recommend the experience highly.’ Ben McPherson Author: A Line of Blood (Harper Collins)
‘I always knew I wanted to write, but I couldn’t find a voice. I didn’t know how to plot, I had no idea about structure. I was spewing dishonest rubbish. For ten whole years, I wrote into an abyss of rejection. No one else could have taught me what Tim did.He showed me the bigger picture. He showed me how to find my voice. There was one particular lesson of Tim’s where the entire novel writing process clicked for me. A short while later, my dreams of being signed to an agent came true. And I’m so happy to say that with Tim’s guidance and wisdom, my debut novel is being published next month. Without Tim’s words, I can safely say I would still be flailing around in piles of rejection slips. So if you are looking for a mentor that will get you out of that, you must call him. But be prepared. He will challenge you. He will make you look at things in a different light. It will be hard. But so, so worth it.’ Rebecca Thornton Author: The Exclusives ( HarperFiction)
‘Tim’s special blend of rigour and empathy make him, in my experience, an exceptional mentor. My manuscript was transformed, thanks to his combination of creative input and assiduous critical insight’ Lord Michael Wills MP
‘It is a privilege and pleasure to join the chorus of aspiring writers who sing Tim’s praises. I am entering my 40th year as a practicing attorney in the United States but have aspired and dreamed to become a novelist. I am so fortunate to have discovered Tim as a mentor. Tim is insightful, patient, non-judgmental and most importantly enlightened me as to the process required if one is serious about writing. I recommend TIm as a mentor to all aspiring writers and even to already proven authors who are seeking input and evaluation of their work.’ David G. Secular
‘Tim is, quite simply, amazing. He read my work thoroughly and tuned into the big picture as well as the smaller details—and his comments made perfect sense. He knows how stories work. How character and plot and pacing have to fit together in specific ways in order to have a successful novel. I can now see clearly what needs to be reworked, and I have renewed energy to to it. Any writer who is looking for a wickedly smart and insightful reader should contact Tim.’ Stella Sands
‘Tim’s been an oasis for me, and has hoisted me from the parched desert. I am very lucky to have him as my inspiration.’ Nadia Chalabi
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