Inspired by crash tests and 30A, seasonal resident pens his first book

deadly propensity
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 04:28 PM.

When Jacksonville-based lawyer Timothy McDermott needs a vacation, he heads to the beaches of 30A.

Vacationing in South Walton since the 1990s, McDermott, along with his wife and two daughters, relish their time at their getaway home in Blue Mountain Beach .

During the past several vacations, McDermott has been working on his first novel, "Deadly Propensity," which was published in April and is now available online.

McDermott has been practicing law for more than 38 years. Many of those years have been dedicated to representing major motor vehicle manufacturers, which served as inspiration for the novel. Constrained by legal jargon, McDermott could never fully let his creative urges flow with the writing that was required of his job.

"I thought writing would be a great outlet," he said.

After getting half-way through the writing  process, McDermott shelved the book around 2000. After more than a decade, he picked the novel back up — this time with the motivation not just to finish it, but to publish it as well. He got a book agent in New York and delved into the world of self-publishing.

The end result is a suspenseful story about a family trying to prove, against all odds, that the death of a mother and the disfigurement of a son, was caused by a defect in the recently-introduced SUV model, the Mesa .

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