Here’s a good Q & A video with Stephan Pastis for Timmy Failure fans. This video was released in anticipation of Timmy Failure: We Meet Again, which hits the shelves on October 28, 2014.
My favorite secret that Pastis reveals is this: “I write to not bore the 9-year-old me.”
There are so many more “fail-safe” videos available at timmyfailure.com. In this one, Pastis holds the original piece of notebook paper on which he jotted down notes about Timmy Failure’s characteristics and a sketch of what he would look like. That original sketch is the one used for the first book cover.