Finding Boyd Tinsley: An Artist in Search of Love & Creativity in a Mad World

Backstage, on the bus, in the air and behind the scenes, an award-winning journalist, author and best-selling ghostwriter spent almost five years as a witness to a world of which most music fans can only dream. Hired initially as a ghostwriter to help Boyd Tinsley, the iconic violin player of the Dave Matthews Band, explore the power of love and creativity in his world, he ends up witnessing the middle passage of the musicians Hero’s Journey. From his early days growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia to his rise with one of the top ten highest grossing bands of all time and beyond, Finding Boyd Tinsley explores the transition from favored musician to filmmaker, producer and mentor while delving into a world of fame and loneliness, darkness and hope. Given the extraordinary access DMB fans can usually only dream of, Heimbuch starts off in search of a story and ends up discovering the very human side of the man on stage.

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Fat Boy’s Last Meal

“Choose the future. Choose hope. Choose to live in spite of what has already happened. Choose to move forward and to let a little air in every day. Because it won’t all be perfect. It won’t be all sunshine and ice cream, but some of it will be… And you’ll be glad for the moments that are.” Every day nearly 5,000 American students attempt to take their own lives. “Fat Boy’s Last Meal” is a first-person look into the mind of high school senior James ‘Fat Boy’ Patterson’s on the night he decided to take his. He shares his deepest thoughts and fears, the love, loss, abuse and bullying that lead him to that point in a raw note for the people he would leave behind while he gorges himself on a last meal of snack cakes, chips and soda in an attempt to fill a hole that has been his constant companion and his greatest enemy through most of his life. People who read Jay Asher’s ’13 Reasons Why’ will recognize the feeling of desperation and a complete lack of hope James is feeling in the final moments of his life. But will he go through with his plan? Or will he be like thousands of other students in the country who live with the darkness from which they cannot find and escape?

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The Mysterious Cases of Thaddeus & Chuck: B.F. Never

Thaddeus Marshall and Chuck Simmons are best friends. One is a driven student at the top of his class, the other a slacker who loves puzzles and mysteries. They are just getting used to sixth grade when a mysterious curse threatens to destroy life as they know it at Spencer Junior High. They don’t know it at the time, but their decision to investigate what’s behind the curse will change their lives forever. The Mysterious Cases of Thaddeus & Chuck is like Sherlock Holmes meets Scooby-Doo set in a modern junior high. Told by a mysterious journalist, the stories follow the boys from sixth grade through high school, where the cases get darker and the stakes bigger… while their friendship provides the light-hearted ribbing and banter that every boy can relate to.



The Backpack

Sam missed his old house and his old life in the city. He missed his old room and his old friends. Being the new kid is hard for anybody, but Sam had it worse than most… until a encounter with a strange boy in a red backpack lead him on the adventure of a lifetime and one that might lead Sam to becoming a hero. The second installment of the Adventure Book series for middle readers, this is a perfect story to keep your student reading all summer long. A selection of reviews from Adventure Book 1, “The Red-Eyed Monster Bass”: “This book is a must read with in-depth characters and a great plot. I literally couldn’t put this book down and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.” “Loved this book! It’s definitely a page-turner. It’s well-written and has you eager to learn more about Dylan and his evolving relationship with his grandparents as he matures and starts to see the world in a different way. I look forward to reading more adventures from this author!” Author Craig J. Heimbuch is an award-winning journalist and author, best-selling ghost-writer and father of four whose love of reading was set at a young age when he picked up Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” and finally understood how reading can take you on adventures to worlds near and far. “I wrote ‘The Backpack’ for my children, nieces and nephews,” he said. “I remember what it was like to be a young reader, when everything seemed possible and adventure and mystery seemed to be around every corner.” Follow Sam as he goes from being the awkward new kid from Chicago to an adventurer in the woods of the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio. Adventure awaits!



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Dylan Michaels loved facts. He loved things he could prove and didn’t have time for mysteries or stories. But when a summer spent with his grandparents in the North Woods brings him face-to-face with a mythical creature, he learns that fiction is often stranger than fact.

“This book is a must read with in-depth characters and a great plot. I literally couldn’t put this book down and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.” – BBennet, Amazon Reviewer



And Now We Shall Do Manly Things

“Entertaining seriocomic search for selfhood . . . well-illustrated lessons about the unexpected benefits of stepping outside comfortable workaday routines to get a clearer perspective on one’s potential as a human being.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, and always well-paced adventures.” (Publishers Weekly )

Picture 12In the tradition of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and A. J. Jacobs’s The Know-It-All, Craig J. Heimbuch takes a wry look at some of our most deeply cherished cultural beliefs

Craig J. Heimbuch had never even thought of owning a gun when, in his early thirties, he was given a twelve-gauge Winchester over-under shotgun by his father. The black sheep, so to speak, of his Midwestern family, Craig was possibly the only male Heimbuch never to have taken an animal. But now that he had a shotgun, he figured he might as well try it out, and in so doing, explore the meaning of manhood while getting closer to his hunting-enthusiast dad.

And Now We Shall Do Manly Things is the witty, moving, and insightful story of one man’s quest to free himself from the shackles of his domesticated suburban lifestyle by immersing himself for one year in the hunting culture his family has always cherished. Along the way Heimbuch learns what putting food on the table once entailed and what it means to be a man in America—and discovers that it’s possible to be a committed father, a loving spouse, and a hunter without being mistaken for a gun-toting lunatic.

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Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry

“Craig Heimbuch’s Chasing Oliver Perry is far more than an excursion into the exploits of a forgotten American hero and the Battle of Lake Erie. It’s one man’s journey to find himself and his place as a writer. This book is part Kerouac, part Seymour Krim and part Hunter S. Thompson—without amyl nitrates and Wild Turkey, of course. In what other historical exploration of 1812 would one learn lessons on the importance of golf carts to marital bliss or how to do a brake job on the fly? Bravo!”

—Greg Hoard, author of Joe, Rounding Third and heading for Home and Gary Burbank, Voices in My Head.

Screen shot 2012-11-01 at 4.44.16 PM“Craig Heimbuch grew up in the sort of unaweable Midwestern family inclined to view the Grand Canyon as just ‘a big hole in the ground.’ So why is his account of a little jaunt a few miles up the road to Lake Erie exactly what American travel writing needs? Because he’s helplessly funny, he’s as sweet and unneurotic as vanilla ice cream, and because he reveals, even if a bit apologetically, that the greatest adventures are often found in the near-at-hand of self and family.”
—Will Blythe, author of To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever

Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry chronicles Craig Heimbuch’s journey through time and place in hopes of bringing to life a history that has haunted him since he was young — the story of Oliver Perry and the War of 1812. In the spirit of Tony Horwitz, Heimbuch travels to the battlefields, talks to historians, re-enactors, and fellow travelers to create a book that is funny, moving, and very informative. Perry’s story and legacy have stuck with Heimbuch through his entire life. He was just a boy when he first stood at the base of the Perry Monument at Put-in-Bay and listened to his father tell the story of how Perry scribbled on a scrap of paper a report to the American general laying siege to Fort Detroit his famous line, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”

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A collection of essays from award-winning author and journalist Craig Heimbuch. “Above All Things, Be Useful” captures glimpses of life through the less of a life-long suburbanite. From “Field Notes for the Spring Concert” to an imaginary commencement address, “Above All Things, Be Useful” captures the absurdity of suburban life through moments lived and experiences witnessed.Craig J. Heimbuch is the author of “Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry,” a humorous travel memoir detailing his adventure around the shores of Lake Erie in pursuit of an obscure and often overlooked early American hero. His second book, “And Now We Shall Do Manly Things” is a humorous look at the year Heimbuch spent learning to hunt in order to better fit in with his large Midwestern family.Sharp, irreverent and with a keen eye for detail, Heimbuch’s work has been described as “Exactly what American travel writing needs” by New York Times Review of Books contributor and former Esquire fiction editor Will Blythe. His work has been lauded as the kind of writing “that would make Bill Bryson proud” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.”Above All Things, Be Useful” is comprised of six essays:
1. Field Notes from the Spring Concert
2. Lunch at Sophia’s
3. Winchester, VA
4. Fear and Loathing with Suburban Moms
5. The First Day of School
6. Above All Things, Be Useful 


Some People Should Eat Their Young is a collection of essays in motion – moments that can only happen when you travel. Observations and interactions of the people Craig Heimbuch comes across when he travels. From pompous first class passengers on a New York-bound flight to the friendly wait staff of an Iowa diner, the man who makes suits for Presidents to the Cincinnati’s favorite dish, this collection is of small moments seen through the sharp-witted filter that defines Heimbuch’s observational style.

Award-winning author and journalist Craig J. Heimbuch is the author of two travel-themed memoires – “Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry” and “And Now We Shall Do Manly Things” – as well as the Kindle book “Above All Things, Be Useful.” He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio, writing on topics ranging from digital marketing to family travel and is a firm believer that one needn’t go far to have an adventure.

Essays in “Some People Should Eat Their Young” include:
1. What it’s Like to Wait for a Rock Star
2. We Are Now Friends
3. It’s Just Not Chili (An Ode to Cincinnati’s Favorite Food)
4. The Not So Friendly Skies
5. From an Iowa Funeral
6. Some People Should Eat Their Young


1 Comment +

  1. Craig, I wasn’t fully aware of what you’ve been putting out the past few years. I admire you and your work is very uplifting. I just read about Dylan and your walk. You are a super Dad!

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