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Author Interview: Jim Lindsey     April 12, 2012 By 

Our interview today is with Jim T. Lindsey the author of The Flaw in the Fabric a time travel story with a twist, mystery, and suspense all rolled together into one book. Before we get to our interview here is a brief description of The Flaw in the Fabric: Raymond Kidd has beloved wives in two lives, but with the “flaw in the fabric” of time and space sending him back and forth between them, enjoying their company has become like a game of musical chairs, in which he is never the one who gets to sit down.

His current life seems hard, with a failing marriage and a failed bookstore, and then he’s cast back to the past where he’s a failed ship’s captain fresh out of the madhouse. He returns to present-day Halifax as a man with a mixed identity, stuck with the responsibility, assigned him in his passage between lives, of serving as a guide for the dearly departed.

He would like to just be in love. Instead, in this first Lost Souls story, he has to: Play host to two quarrelsome brothers who have come back to life after 200 years, get out of jail twice, fight off a gang of swamp spirits, conjure a vision with a glass of morning dew, rob a grave in the night in the rain with a broken shovel, & Rescue a girl from a demon. (Among other things) Heartfelt, hilarious and haunting all at once, The Flaw in the Fabric will take you places you have never been. You may find your way back on your own.

Interview with Jim T. Lindsey

How long have you been writing?

I published my first short story in my elementary school’s literary magazine. I believe I was in the sixth grade. That works out to something in the way of decades, or a long time.

What have you been writing over the years?

Almost everything. Fiction, poetry, journalism, technical writing, and now a book about a spiritual path.

Do you have a favorite type of writing?

Some favorite types, perhaps. I certainly prefer fiction, poetry, and rowga to journalism andtechnical writing.

When was The Flaw in the Fabric published?

March 2011. My sister, Leigh Anne, had just started an independent publishing company and convinced me to bring it out as an ebook first. It’s turned out to be a good decision. We got a print publisher within two months of The Flaw becoming available, we’re making steadily increasing sales, and the audiobook is coming out next month on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. People can even hear the first part of the book on Podiobooks.com.

About the audiobook coming out in March – what made you feel like you could record your own audiobook, and what was the process?

First and foremost, a love of reading aloud and a talent for rendering character voices. Then some attention to elocution and a few years on the stage. Then a good microphone and a whole lot of hours learning how to use it and Audacity (the recording software). Then the patience to thoroughly edit the recordings and find the right music for the intro, outro and background.

What is Snapshots from the In Between, A Companion Volume of Verse to A Travellers Guide for Lost Souls about?

The Lost Souls fictional series looks into what it is like to be stuck between lives. Snapshots are poems about the same thing. Little cameos, sometimes by actual characters from Lost Souls, sometimes not, but always with that haunting quality of no longer being either here or there. Perhaps you have experienced this yourself, even though you are alive at this point and seemingly know exactly where you are.

What’s your writing education and experience?

I have an M. A. in Creative Writing from Boston University, was once runner-up for the United States Poetry Award, have been a reporter for three newspapers, have had four books of poetry published (counting Snapshots), as well as several short stories, and have been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Centre.

Tell us more about your blog “Rowga – The Yoga of Rowing.”

Sitting meditation came into being at a time in the world when people were mostly always physically busy. To actually sit down and do nothing but be with one’s mind made a contrast that brought realization. These days we are mostly always sitting already, involved in endless thinking and getting no exercise at all. The body is the temple that bears the crystal ball of the mind. If we let it fall apart, the ball falls into the dust. We have to take care of our bodies. Rowing on the ocean gives us meditation, exercise and (yes, I’m not afraid to say it) fun at the same time, and is affordable because rowing vessels are inexpensive, and good for the earth because no engines or exhaust fumes are involved. The blogs, which will become the book, lay out the actual method for accomplishing this.

What’s your advice or tips you can share to aspiring writers to help them finish their work & get published?

Have confidence and get feedback. Don’t bet the bank on your book just because you would like to be an author, but because there are indications you have what it takes. Get your friends to review, enter competitions, do readings. If you really are good, it will become evident. Don’t depend totally on what you hear, but don’t bull your way ahead either if you haven’t really got what it takes. As to how to finish, you’ve got to love your book, and you’ve got to trust the process. I never worried while beginning my Lost Souls series whether I would have anything to say in the morning. I just woke up, picked up my notebook or my laptop, and waited for my characters to get something going. And they never let me down.

I understand you are a Buddhist. How long have you been one? And what is it you have taught/teach?

As an actual Buddhist who has taken refuge, 26 years. I teach openness, spaciousness, and relaxation. I teach that everything you need you already have.

Why Nova Scotia?

I wanted a place to settle down where I could afford to live by the sea, and because it was said to be a good idea by Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan teacher who came to America.

What can you say to those who wish to learn how to meditate?

Try it before you buy it.

What’s one Buddhist teaching that you can share?

You will never change your mind simply by thinking about it. You have to actually take the time to make friends. Mind is not just thoughts. You have to go beyond concept, beyond self, and there you will discover freedom from delusion and compassion for your fellow beings.

There are Japanese and Tibetan Buddhists and a variety of areas of teaching within each. Which one are you involved in?

My root guru is Tibetan. However, he said we live in a time when it is better to unify than divide. He took us straight back to the teachings of the Buddha, beyond sectarianism.

Read more about The Flaw in the Fabric on Amazon.

Visit his website: http://JimTLindsey.com

Find him on Facebook:  http://on.fb.me/wkTT5V 

Follow him on Twitter: @Jim_Lindsey

And on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/JJTuTr

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