Tim Teeter

Tim Teeter

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
July 19, 2006

Q.    Who is Tim Teeter?

A.    Tim Teeter, J.D. is a retired defense attorney from Northeast Iowa. He grew up in the Midwest and began his legal career near his hometown of Charles City, Iowa. I live in San Francisco.

Q.    What inspired you to write the novel SWINGING BRIDGES?

A.    My biggest inspiration was my friends belief in me. They listened to me tell my stories and helped to encourage me to finish my work.

Q.    How did you come about Jackson Wright’s character?

A.    Jackson Wright was based on all of the ethical attorneys that I met through my years as an attorney. A lot like Atticus Finch, I wanted people to know that there are still good attorneys out there.

Q.    How did you come about Steve Jones’ character?

A.    Steve was based on a number of my childhood friends and our adventures. The curiousity of youth.

Q.    Are there any of your personalities traits in Jackson’s and/or Steve’s characters?

A.    Jackson - Is caring, honorable, ethical, hardworking, trustworthy

Steve - Is carefree, young, spirited

Q.    Why did you choose Iowa as the state to tell your story?

A.    I chose Iowa because I grew up in Iowa. It was easy for me to write the scenes because of my familiarity with Iowa.

Q.    How long have you been writing?

A.    I have been writing for five years.

Q.    How many books have you written?

A.    Swinging Bridges is my first published book.

Q.    Are you currently working on another novel?

A.    I have one completed manuscript and I have started working on a second manuscript.

Q.    What message would you like your readers to receive from reading SWINGING BRIDGES?

A.    That life sways just ever so like a suspension bridge.