Author Interview: Tim Tharp

The Book Monsters are happy to welcome Tim Tharp. Tim is the author of BADD and The Spectacular Now, which was National Book Award finalist.

Ceejay has never been pretty or popular, but she knows who she is: she's younger sister to Bobby, the most charming bad boy in town. Bobby's a bit wild, but with his big heart and sense of fun, everybody loves him. And nobody understands Ceejay like Bobby.

Now, Ceejay can't wait for Bobby to return home from his tour in Iraq. But then he turns up unannounced and seems to be avoiding his family. And he's so different. His wild streak has become reckless. His sense of fun has become desperate. And seeing this, Ceejay's own tough shell begins to crack. How can she believe in being strong when her hero is broken?

As she tries to get Bobby back, Ceejay begins to reexamine her family, her community, and everyone in her life. What she finds is that true strength is not quite what she thought it was.

Describe your book in five words or less.

Courage, humor, perseverance, and love.

How did the idea for "BADD" come to you?

The idea for BADD started with the image of a man flying a homemade airplane. From there I worked backward. Why was he driven to build the plane? What was he trying to escape from? Who would tell his story? The answers to those questions helped me build the story, which turned out to be much different than I first expected.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing "BADD"?

There are always a variety of challenges when writing any novel, but for this one, the main challenge was writing from the point of view of a girl who was very stoic and did not like to talk about her pain and did not want to admit that her revered older brother was in pain. It would have been much easier to have a character who was very open with her emotions, but it wouldn’t have been true to the story.

What's something surprising about yourself that most people wouldn't think true?

I am my own imaginary friend.

What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?

I’m always writing something or at least working on new ideas. Sometimes the ideas turn into novels and sometimes I have to stop and turn to something else. Right now I feel like I’m heading in the right direction with a new idea but need a little more time to make sure. Like BADD, my next novel will probably take a serious theme and add some humor to the story. Only this time, I feel like adding a lot more humor.

Want to find out more about Tim and BADD? Visit him at:

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Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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