I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, always a country boy, more at home in the mountains and woods than anywhere else. Mom may not have let me run wild in body , but I always ran wild in heart and spirit, and I’m proud of the little bit of Cherokee blood that runs through my veins. I was introduced to martial arts when I was ten years old and it’s been a big part of my life ever since. I claim Ninjutsu as my primary art but have dabbled in everything I could get my hands on.
I grew up working the family business of construction, yet a Reality Combat course lead to me helping a local bounty hunter out on a case and it soaked into my veins and I couldn’t bleed it out. I earned my private investigators license and opened my own business specializing in fugitive recovery (bounty hunter) and personal protection (bodyguard) cases, also offering combatives and fitness courses under the name Tim Dutton’s Warrior Combatives. I worked construction during the day and bounty hunted at night, with a few training courses and personal protection cases thrown in ever now and then. Yea, I didn’t sleep much and earned the nickname Wolf, which I still use today. My first book was a private investigation training manual. The second was a reality weight loss book. I had stories continually running through my head, so I learned screenplay formatting and started writing screenplays. Some I sold some I didn’t. Due to family illness, I had to close shop and tend to my dad. I went into writing full time because I could do that from home and still take care of family. I turned two screenplays into novellas and decided to tackle the task of writing a full-length novel. The first was a western called Oklahoma Storm.
After I discovered my passion for writing I never looked backed. I don’t have a genre, I write what I would like to read. I have recently formed a permanent partnership with Sallyann Phillips and we established the writing team Dutton N Phillips. Our first project is book one in the Wolf Moon Investigation series. When the first book was finished I knew it wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning of a fast growing, far-reaching partnership, and relationship.
Quotes from Tim Dutton:
"I love being able to make a living as a writer, They say if you do what you love you will never have to work a day in your life and I love to write".
"Writing is a personal journey. Writing with a partner is an intimate sharing of that journey and sharing of personal ideas."
"I don't write whats popular. I write what I like. If I don't like it, I can't expect anyone else to."
"Life is hard. Anything worth while, usually is. Life will knock you you down, you have to keep getting back up. That's how you grow, One day when you stand back up, you will stand as an adult."
On the collaboration of ‘Returned and Reunited’ with Sallyann Phillips: “I was nervous at first, but her warmth, compassion and encouragement eased me. The story took on a life of it’s on and the feelings flowed out and onto the page. I haven't had writers block, since I started writing with her. I get her part back and mine is just there and I hang on and see where it goes. This is the way writing should go. This is how writing should feel.”
On the #duttonNphillips brand created with Sallyann Phillips: “I smile every time I see it. It connects me to Sallyann and I don’t mind that one bit, in fact, I love it. Every time I see it, I think, Wow! We created something special together and we are both committed to it and I just can't wait to see how far we take it.”
On the Wolf Moon Investigation series of books, written with Sallyann Phillips: “This is very special to me. It’s the first collaboration I have ever done and to be able to share that with Sallyann, means the world to me. The fact it turned into a series and a partnership, just makes it even more special.”
On the character of Mark Waya from the Wolf Moon series written with Sallyann Phillips: “I put a little of myself into everything I write. It’s the only way I can make the character seem real. Of course, I exaggerate a bit. Mark is built better and is taller but his demeanor, his sense of honor and his feelings for his Moon are all me. I poured my heart and spirit into this character, when I write, I am Mark. I am the Wolf.”
On my writing partner Sallyann Phillips: “She is an amazing woman and an amazing writer. She never fails to wow me when I get her bit of the story back. She is patient, intelligent and encouraging. I think the world of her and am excited about what we write, what we have built and where we are going with it all. Writing to me has always been a personal thing. I never thought I would write with anyone. I'm glad I decided to do it with her. We are a great writing match and everything is so much funner and easier."