Tim Powers is a two-time winner of both the World Fantasy and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Awards and three-time Locus Award recipient. His books include The Anubis Gates, On Stranger Tides, Declare, and Three Days to Never. His most recent novel, Hide Me Among the Graves, is now out in paperback from Corvus at £7.99.
by Tim Powers
I think I first decided to be a writer when, at about age six, I read a book called Timothy Turtle. In retrospect it probably wasn’t a very deep work – Timothy Turtle gets flipped over onto his back, and his woodland friends have to get him right-side-up again – but it convinced me that writing books was just about the finest thing a person could do. I soon moved on to books like Albert Payson Terhune’s Lad, A Dog, and S. J. Finn’s Percy Wynn – which I will insist are deep works! – and then, fatefully, when I was eleven, my mother got me a copy of Heinlein’s Red Planet.
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