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Southern LiterBEARy Portraits
Tim Rosaforte

Protrait provided by the students of,
St. Marks Episcopal School,
Palm Beach Garden, Florida

Tim Rosaforte is a Senior Writer for Golf World and is the author of several books about Tiger Woods. He is a contributor to The Golf Channel and has covered golf for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf Illustrated, and Links magazines.

Where were you born?
I was born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., which is about 35 miles north of New York City in Westchester County. I grew up in Brewster, N.Y., which is about 30 miles north of Mt. Kisco. My father owned a sanitation business (Bedford
Sanitation) that was based in Mt. Kisco. Basically, I grew up as the garbage
man's son.

How old are you?

What inspired you to write your books?
I was inspired by the literary challenge and the financial reward. I've
written five, and plan on at least doubling that.

How 'd you become a sports writer
I became a sports writer because I knew my limitations and was never going to become a professional athlete. I was all-state in high school baseball, and played college football at the University of Rhode Island, but I was too slow for the NFL.

When did you start writing?
I started writing a little for my high school newspaper, but really didn't
get started until my senior year of college. It was almost too late, but was
lucky to get a job at the Tampa Times in 1997 for $175 a week. I wondered,
"Is this why I went to college?"

What is the easiest part of writing for you?
The easiest part is identifying the story and putting it together through the
interview process. I'm very good at this.

Why do you write?
I write because it's my job.

What is the or hardest part of writing ?
The hardest part is ignoring the pressure of editors, writing for yourself,
not for them. The other hard part is to write a game story after a golf tournament. It requires staying up all night, being mentally alert and focused at 2 a.m.

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