Tim Hollis began writing when he was seven years old and simply never stopped. Those early works took the form of children's fantasies along the lines of the Oz books; little did he dream that his eventual writing career would be in non-fiction instead.
His first professional experience came when he was hired as an editor to polish and refine the works of other local writers, and he eventually found the time to complete his first book in 1991. For the next several years he busied himself with articles, ghost writing and more editing, but got back into the full-length book business when the University Press of Mississippi published Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun in the spring of 1999.
Hollis's other books can be seen below. They include Hi There Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs (UPM, 2001); Florida's Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast (UPM, 2004); Birmingham's Theatre and Retail District (Arcadia, 2005); Glass Bottom Boats and Mermaid Tails: Florida's Tourist Springs (Stackpole Books, 2006); Mouse Tracks: The Story of Walt Disney Records (UPM, 2006); Birmingham Broadcasting (Arcadia, 2006); Six Flags Over Georgia (Arcadia, 2006);The Land of the Smokies: Great Mountain Memories (UPM, 2007); Ain't That a Knee Slapper: Rural Comedy in the 20th Century (UPM, 2008), Vintage Birmingham Signs (Arcadia, 2008); Selling the Sunshine State: A Celebration of Florida's Tourism Advertising (University Press of Florida, 2008), See Rock City: The History of Rock City Gardens (History Press, 2009), Stone Mountain Park (Arcadia, 2009), Christmas Wishes: A Catalog of Vintage Holiday Treats and Treasures (Stackpole, 2010), Pizitz: Your Store (History Press, 2010), Lost Attractions of Sevier County (Arcadia, 2011), Wish You Were Here: Vintage Florida Motel and Restaurant Advertising (UPF, 2011), Part of a Complete Breakfast: Cereal Advertising Characters of the Baby Boom Era (UPF, 2012), Loveman's: Meet Me Under the Clock (History Press, 2012), See Alabama First: A History of the State's Tourism Industry (History Press, May 2013), Memories of Downtown Birmingham: Where All the Lights Were Bright (History Press, March 2014) and the forthcoming The Mini-Golf Mini-Book (Seaside Publishing, Fall 2014) and Toons in Toyland: The Story of Cartoon Character Merchandising (UPM, Spring 2015).
For the past decade, Hollis has found the opportunity to "return to where it all began," as it were. When time permits, he enjoys lecturing to elementary school groups about writing, telling the youngsters about some of the stories and characters he created when he was their age. The extremely positive response to this has been extremely gratifying to him, to say the least. The unusual thing is that he not only explains to kids how he came up with so many oddball ideas, but he also draws the characters and performs their voices.
He can be contacted by email at Hollis1963@aol.com.