Tim Bete (pronounced “beet”) is a former newspaper columnist and author of two books, In The Beginning...There Were No Diapers (2005, Sorin Books) and Guide to Pirate Parenting (2007, Cold Tree Press).
Tim's parenting advice has been published in dozens of newspapers, magazines and Web sites, including The Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Parent, Big Apple Parent, Northwest Family, FathersWorld.com and ParentingHumor.com.
He is married with four children and has 19 combined years as a dad -- 133 in dog years -- which makes him an expert at answering the questions, "Are we there yet?" "Why?" and "What's that smell?"
Formerly the editor of Early Childhood News magazine, Tim has written advertising copy for General Mills, IBM, Rayovac and Worldbook. He is currently the director of the University of Dayton's Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.
Tim's hobbies include pushing his luck, skating on thin ice and fishing his kids' toys out of the toilet.
In a rare interview with both Tim Bete AND Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall, the co-authors share why they wrote GUIDE TO PIRATE PARENTING ("Cap’n Billy put his dagger next to my neck and told me I was going to write a book for him") as well as how they placate their muse when she refuses to inspire them ("We ply her with rum"). Read the interview.
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Hey Tim, I just got your message...woohoo and thank you! Send me the title of your book, publisher, ISBN and a book blurb to thewriterslife(at)yahoo.com. I can get it up as soon as you send that info to me. Weekends are reserved for outside clients and I'd love to do this for you. Miss the humor group but I've been swamped.