Author of Gone Pro: North Carolina, published April 2014 / Regular guest on Asheville FM's "Steve Sax Syndrome" / Graduate of the University of Alabama and lifetime Bama football fan
Dozens of profiles, concert, and album reviews published / Local music advocate / Hosted "The Listening Room" radio show on WVRU
Senior Acquisitions Editor at AdventureKEEN / Former Editor of Canoe & Kayak magazine / Published in Blue Ridge Outdoors
Travel pieces published in Suburu's Drive magazine and The Roanoke Times / Motorcycle owner
From entrepreneurs to artists to restaurateurs / Past President of the NRV Elite chapter of BNI, Inc.
Co-author of Weaverville (Images of America), published September 2015 / Familiarity with architecture and antiques / Worked for Antique Monthly and Southern Living House Plans magazines
Copyedited and fact-checked AllRecipes.com, Recipe.com, and BetterHomesAndGardens.com / Former copy chief for Cooking Light magazine
Tim W. Jackson's career in publishing started at age 17, when he began writing sports for his hometown newspaper, The Franklin County Times, in Alabama. He went on to the University of Alabama where he became Assistant Sports Editor for the school paper. Since then he's worked for Southern Living, Cooking Light, and Canoe & Kayak magazines, and is currently Senior Acquisitions Editor for AdventureKEEN. Based in Tuscumbia, Alabama, he enjoys watching sports, playing and/or listening to music, and spending time with his family--wife Taryn, daughter Anna, dogs Holly and Timber, and rabbit Kiwi.
I love music. I enjoy everything from composer Erik Satie to standards and crooners to current artists Having come of age, so to speak, in the 1980s, music from that decade holds a special place in my musical interests. Having grown up near—and returned to—the Shoals area of Alabama, a special shout-out to some current Alabama musicians: Jason Isbell, John Paul White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, The Alabama Shakes, Caleb Elliott, and The Secret Sisters, to name a few.
All-time favorites include The Beatles, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Prince, Hall & Oates, Luther Vandross, R.E.M., Alice in Chains, Beck, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, Lyle Lovett, and Bonnie Raitt.
WHAT I READ
I have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, and nonfiction is pretty much all I read, including books but also a bunch of magazines.
A few of my favorite authors include:
– Rick Bragg
– Bill Bryson
– Timothy Egan
– A.J. Jacobs
– Chuck Klosterman
– Mary Roach
– David Sedaris
– Matt Taibbi
– Sarah Vowell
WHERE TO SHOP
You can purchase copies of my books, Weaverville: Images of America and Gone Pro North Carolina, via online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Powells. As always, I’d encourage you to check with your local independent bookstore first.
Work History // AdventureKEEN, The Asheville Post, The Laurel of Asheville, Radford University, Canoe & Kayak, Cooking Light, Southern Living, Antique Monthly
Some exciting new projects are coming up and I’d love to share one with you here.
If you haven’t heard of DittyTV, then you need to check it out. You can watch the broadcast online at DittyTV.com or via Roku, Apple TV, Tivo, or any of those smart device/internet connected kinds of things. It’s often compared to the Americana & Roots music version of the early days of MTV. It features an array of themed shows that play videos and it has an awesome concert series.
I will overseeing its newsletter, DittyTV This Week, and providing content so check out the website and sign up for the newsletter today!
Facebook reminded me that I received my first copies of Gone Pro North Carolina three years ago today, March 22. And with UNC still alive in the NCAA tournament (whew, that Arkansas game was a squeaker), hopefully Tar Heels fans are still riding a high about their current team and would like to take a look at North Carolina stars of the past. The book features UNC athletes who went pro in any sport. Look for it at your indie bookseller or order it via Amazon.
I co-authored a pictorial history of our town, Weaverville, N.C., with my wife, Taryn. We’re happy to report that the book will be released Monday, Sept. 14. We’re having a release party on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Twisted Laurel on Main Street in Weaverville from 6 – 8 p.m. Taryn and I will be there signing copies of the book, which will of course be for sale. We hope to see you there.
It’s great to see Gone Pro North Carolina mentioned in The Asheville Post. If you see a mention of my book in the news media, be sure to let us know!
And if you want me, Tim W. Jackson, to have a signing event at a bookstore near you, contact the store owners and let them know! Gone Pro North Carolina is a book of the Tar Heel proletariat! Rise up and express your needs! (Or, if you’re really rich, just buy copies of the book for everyone in your country club.)
Just look at this photo. This is a man of the people. Look at that crap on my desk. I mean, a typewriter? And that iMac is like 8 years old. It doesn’t even work anymore. And I had to make that snow globe with a photo of my daughter in it. Can you tell that’s a Tar Heels T-shirt I’m wearing? Anyway, come on folks, buy my book. I need some decent stuff!
You can get a sample of Gone Pro North Carolina at Google Play. In addition, you can also buy Gone Pro North Carolina as an ebook from that site. You should probably buy a for-realz version of the book to rest proudly on your bookcase or coffee table—maybe enclosed in glass or something. But then as Tom Chalmers of the Steve Sax Syndrome radio show on Asheville FM says, “It makes great bathroom reading!” So you may want a copy somewhere near your toilet. Works great in an outhouse, too!
But then what if you don’t want to lug around that book that weighs almost a whole pound? Get that ebook so you can have Gone Pro North Carolina on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device.
What we’re trying to say here is preview the book and then get multiple copies for every possible scenario—and it makes a great present for all your Tar Heel friends and family, too!
The book is finally here! For those who have pre-ordered from places such as Amazon, the book has been delivered. It’s starting to show up in bookstores across North Carolina. It’s time to celebrate.
Join us Thursday, April 10, at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe at 640 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville for the release party of Gone Pro North Carolina, published by Clerisy Press. I’ll have a handful of books for sale for $15. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will continue until around 9 p.m.
So if you’re a Tar Heels fan or a UNC alumnus in the Asheville area, stop by to say hello, enjoy some ice cream (I even hear there will be an ice cream cake!), and maybe even pick up a copy of Gone Pro North Carolina! See you there!
We haven’t gone international, but we have gone inter-state! I’m pleased to report I’ve been invited to appear as a featured author at the first Radford Reads Literary Festival in Southwest Virginia on July 12.
Sponsored by the Radford Public Library, the day’s events will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glencoe Museum & Gallery at 600 Unruh Drive in Radford. The event will include readings, storytelling, live music, and of course, me. More details as they unfold…
Charlotte-folks, you have an additional chance to catch me and get a signed copy of Gone Pro North Carolina! From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, I’ll be appearing at the Books-A-Million at 14151 Steele Creek Road. Hope to see you there!
Tune in to AshevilleFM.org Wednesday, March 19, to hear me on The Steve Sax Syndrome, a weekly online sports talk show that throws in a healthy mix of comedy and music as well. I’ll chat college hoops with Scott Bunn and Tom Chalmers and discuss Gone Pro North Carolina. It’s March Madness, baby!