Friday, April 5, 2024

Interview With Author Tim Schulz


1. What inspired you to write this book?

The book is a start-to-finish memoir of my first trip to Montana in 2019. Toward the end of that trip—while staying in the remote Sportsman Motel in Melrose, Montana, in a room likely inhabited years ago by Jim Harrison—I scribbled some notes on a legal pad, and the nucleus of this book was born. 


2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?

A Cast Away in Montana is the story of my first trip to Montana. Through humorous, insightful, and reflective storytelling, I hope readers will discover the thrill of pursuing elusive fish in stunning landscapes and embark on a profoundly personal exploration of life, loss, and self-discovery. With its engaging tales of adventure, friendship, regional history, and reflection, the book should resonate with fly-fishing enthusiasts and anyone seeking a meaningful connection to nature. Whether you're an angler, an outdoor lover, or simply a fan of great stories, I wrote A Cast Away in Montana for you.


3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

I hope they’ll be inspired to load up their vehicles and embark on their own unique adventure of a lifetime. To paraphrase Muriel Rukeyser, “The universe is not made of atoms. It’s made of stories,” and I hope my book will remind readers that stories are all around us. 


4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

Because Montana was such a vast and sometimes isolated place for me, and because fly fishing was my primary reason for being there, the title is a play on words incorporating the ideas of being a castaway in a vast and isolated place while often being only a cast away from a majestic Montana trout. The cover is a painting by the terrific artist Bob White called “Late Afternoon—Gallatin River.” 


5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?

In A Cast Away in Montana’s foreword, the excellent writer, Jerry Dennis, addresses the rewards writers get from their writing:


Over the years we’ve talked often about writing and fishing. We agree that one reason so many anglers write so well is because sharing their stories allows them to double the pleasure they get from fishing. But I would argue that there’s more to it. Fly-fishing is complex. It requires giving our full attention to the fish, water, weather, insects, our flies and how they’re tied, our rods and how we cast them, the weight of the line, the diameter of the tippet, the state of the world, the social and genetic history of humanity since the Pleistocene—and the more attention we give to it, the greater the quotient of the universe we draw upon. It requires a complex response, and only written language—imperfect as it is—is up to the challenge. 


Jerry is correct. Pour your heart into your stories, and you’ll get more than you give in return. 


6. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book? 

Because the book is part travelogue and part memoir, my personal life is a recurring theme in the stories. My mother—who raised me alone—taught me to love fishing at a very young age, and the book has many references to how her influence has made me the angler and man I am today. 


7. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

I try to make my writing warm, intimate, humorous, and textured. Regarding the fly fishing component, I relate to the shared experiences anglers are most familiar with while avoiding cliches and forced sentimentality. I set the bar high for angling writers I’d like to emulate: John Voelker, Nick Lyons, and John Gierach, to name a few, although their writing styles are unique and beyond comparison. 


8. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

Like all writing, the biggest challenge was sticking to the job and keeping the words flowing from the spigot. Parts of the book address emotional journeys in my life, which were especially tough to write about. Many writers have this experience, but I cried when I typed the last word of the last paragraph of the last chapter. 


9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

I know time is a precious commodity for everyone, and there are so many great books to read. But if you choose A Cast Away in Montana, I’ll take you on a unique journey to a magical place. Along the way, I’ll introduce you to some fascinating characters and share a little history about one of the nation’s most wondrous states. 


About The Author: Tim Schulz lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His business cards say "professor of engineering," but he lives a secret life as a writer, musician, part-time fishing guide, and sluggish skater on North America’s slowest and oldest hockey team. His writings on fishing appear in Hatch Magazine and The Fly Fish Journal, and he is the author of a self-published book, The Habits of Trout—And Other Unsolved Mysteries. For more info, please see:


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