About The Author
Tim Northburg is an author of multiple sales training and motivational guidebooks. He thrives on sharing his philosophy of success and motivation with others and he hopes his impact as a writer is thought provoking and fun. Tim brings a wealth of success in the arenas of sales, marketing, and business development as well as coaching, mentoring, and management. His books help people discover simple truths so they can live happy, fun, and successful lives. Tim Northburg lives in colorful Colorado, at the base of the Rocky Mountains, and enjoys writing non-fiction and fiction books of all kinds. He strives to infuse "Otterocity!" into his life. It is his long-term goal to inspire everyone to follow their dreams and achieve success in their lives.
Becoming A Writer
At an early age I was fascinated with books. My mom would let my sister and I read in our rooms for a half an hour before bed. I read all kinds of kids books from the library and graduated to novels like Peter Pan, The Chronicles of Narnia, and when I was older The Hobbit. To this day, I still read all kinds of books. I enjoy the things I learn as well as reading great adventures.
I can trace the actual spark, of becoming a writer, to my senior year in High School. The last semester I took a creative writing class. One February morning, first period creative wring, we began our writing assignment when the Principal made an announcement. Cory, my good friend who sat next to me, had committed suicide. I remember the empty feeling inside. I just stared at his empty desk, wondering what it was that made him do that. The rest of that semester I wrote about my friendship with Cory. Through that, I put feeling into my writing and it just connected. It was the first time I really felt the emotion, excitement, and passion about writing. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I didn’t know when, how, or what.
In 1993 I wrote my first novel. I put many of those short stories together into a novel. It took me a year to write it out freehand and another six months to re-write it in word. It is still collecting dust in the basement.
When my children were old enough my wife and I read stores to them. I remembered many of the books and it sparked something inside me again. I knew I wanted to write a children’s book. In 2004, the idea for writing a YA novel about the adventures of Merlin’s grandson through space and time popped into my head. Over the last eight. It has developed into an eight book series called, The Artifacts of Merlin Saga. Book one is titled, Zebulon Quest: The Sword of Fire.
You can learn more at: www.ZebulonQuest.com
As a Sales Manager at an automotive dealership in town, I developed and self-published six training books for Automotive Sales and a goals workbook. In 2009 things changed abruptly when the economy tanked. The government took over GM and closed down Saturn. After working there eleven years, my job was no more. I had to take a lesser paying position. I like many other people, during this past recession, had experienced job and financial strain.
During that emotional and stressful time, I turned to my writing. and jotted down my thoughts in a journal as a way to release everything. Then, I came across a book I had read a few years back called Rhinoceros Success. It was a book about how to infuse rhino qualities to bring success into your life. (They have thick skin, charge, etc.) I began to think of animals I could use as a symbol to bring joy and happiness to one’s life. On a visit to the aquarium in Denver I watched River Otters play. I thought about it some more and realized that Otters were a great symbol for joy and happiness and that sparked my new novel.
Summer of 2010 I started writing my novel titled, Otterocity! It is a story about a man’s struggle through the economic down turn and his transformation to bring joy and happiness back to his life. I feel it is a timely, heartfelt story that will resonate with many people who have dealt with life’s challenges. It touches on topics like job loss, financial pressure, thoughts of suicide, and death.
Through the revision process, it turned into atwo book project. First the general fiction novel, Otterocity. Then a self-help guidebook titled, Otterocityy! Field Guide. They are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
I am currently working on several other fiction projects as well as several feature film screenplays.
Stories bring us together. Our ability to use words to create different worlds, dream the impossible, inspire, and teach is what gives us hope and strength in this challenging world. I hope to inspire others with my words.