My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "Persistence counts."
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Earning a living as a free-lance author for so much of my life. Others who've done it will tell you that it's extremely rare--and satisfying.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. "Tillman is really bright with a bad habit of stating unpleasant facts." --A US Navy officer, circa 1991.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Possibly Bob Lee Swagger because of the consistently original, intriguing scenarios he inspires.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Not a world-historic figure, but my maternal great-great grandmother was downright inspirational. She crossed the Oregon Trail as an 18-year-old bride headed for a place she had never been, uncertain what she would find upon arrival. Deep inside me I have a novel about her.