English Alum in the Spotlight: Tim Fitzpatrick

Tim Fitzpatrick
Tim Fitzpatrick

Recently, we here at the Jet Fuel Review hosted an Alumni Author Reading, featuring three alumni from the university where we are based, Lewis University. We wanted to celebrate them not only in that space, but here on the blog, too. First up on the docket is former Jet Fuel Review managing editor, Tim Fitzpatrick.

Tim Fitzpatrick served as Managing Editor of Jet Fuel Review from 2012-2014 and currently serves as JFR’s Head Consultant. He is an avid reader, writer, and Bulls fan. He joined the Jet Fuel Review after its second issue and has not been allowed to leave. He has run a videography company, worked for Jokes4miles doing video work, written as a professional blogger, and currently works as a chef for Wooden Paddle Pizza. He enjoys his coffee black, a good film, the occasional alcoholic beverage, and golfing. You can check out his previous JFR blog “Tim’s Storydome” where he pit novels against their film adaptations.

Below we have a Q&A with Tim:

So, what are you working on?

There are a few short stories that I am working on, but primarily I’m working with some friends to turn one of my shorts into a short film. I’ve already written the script, and we’re aiming to start shooting at the beginning of June.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

Difficult question. I don’t know if I do anything drastically different from other writers. I tend to draw from everything and include a lot of pop culture in my writing. I’m always trying to form connections between characters and readers. Pop culture can be a powerful vehicle for that.

How does your writing process work?

Intermittently. It usually involves me staring at a blank page for too damn long. I’ve started using a timed free write to help get my mind warmed up.

What book might we find on your nightstand right now?

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?

Quentin Tarantino. Not technically an author, but he’s a hell of a writer that can write some seriously engaging dialogue.

What might your personal library look like?

It’s all boxed up at the moment, as I’m moving to a new apartment.

Give us a favorite quote from a book you enjoy.

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” — Valis by Philip K Dick.

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Be sure to check back next week as we highlight our second alumni, Susan Slaviero.

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