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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Tic To Man Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway

The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark
Publication Date:  May 2, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books/Tantrum Books

When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual "clock world" where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man.

With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ's quiet New England town with it.

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I went to the spare bedroom and grabbed the box for Uncle Artie’s clocks. I replaced them one by one, starting with the crescent moon clock. After the German village cuckoo clock made its way into the box, I noticed something extra strange. All Uncle Artie’s clocks were stuck at two o’clock. How come no one else noticed this? That question troubled me as I put the box of clocks in its resting place. It was as if those clocks had something to say but couldn’t say it.

When I came back down I gave the Hoffhalder another hard look, this time from the other side of the room. As much as I tried to convince myself this was just a clock, I knew that wasn’t the case. It spoke to me, although I couldn’t completely understand it.

Things were going from strange to downright weird.


1.) What inspired you to write The Tick Tock Man? 

I was sitting in a parking lot one day and I noticed that the large, analog clock on the tower of the building across the street had stopped and I wondered why. That night, I conceived an imaginary world of citizens who are tasked with keeping all the clocks in town running and also a reason for the clocks to stop. Just like that, The Tick Tock Man came to life.

2.) Did you get any writer's block while writing this story? 

I’m fortunate to have never had writer’s block. I keep just enough notes to always have scenes to fill in. Plus, I spent a lot of time researching the inner workings of time pieces, so I never had to face the blank page and blinking cursor for too long. This story took me five months to write, steady and slow, a few pages a night.

3.) What is your favorite drink to drink while writing? 

The writers from a few generations ago could bang out page after page of wonderful prose with a trusty glass of scotch, a pack of smokes and a stack of blank paper nearby. I, however, prefer a few sips of water, the occasional Ritz cracker and my laptop. Sorry, Hemingway!

4.) What time of day do you like to write? 

I’m a late-night writer, typically from 10:30 to 11:30. I sit on a stool at our kitchen island with no music playing and make it happen. I think when I get tired, my internal filter lets more good stuff through.

5.) One Random crazy thing you have done?

My first post-college job offer was work on a combat simulation system at a military base in northeastern Alberta, Canada. I said “what the heck” and accepted it. This quiet kid from Idaho was soon living on “the edge of nowhere” (I’d hate to know where the middle was). I adapted to the conditions (a really loooooong winter) and did my job. Although it seemed crazy at the time, those nineteen months were very formative for me as an adult. I don’t regret it for a second.


R. M. Clark is a computer scientist for the Dept. of Navy by day and children’s book writer by night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.


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