Timothy Best

Tim BestThere’s an old joke in the advertising business: If you’re a copywriter, you’ve also got the great American story tucked away somewhere in a desk drawer. Tim’s sorry to support any type of stereotype – but in his case – it happens to be true.

For nearly 30 years he’s pursued two writing paths: one in the advertising business and one as a writer of books. In the advertising business, Tim’s commercials have been seen or heard by tens-of-millions. The brands he’s written for read like a Who’s-Who of household names. A few include A&W, Buick, Bissell, General Electric, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Kmart, La-Z-Boy, Little Caesar’s, Quaker State and Walmart. He’s worked with personalities ranging from Lee Iacocca, to Tim Allen, to Mayhem for Allstate Insurance. He’s the recipient of over 180 ad industry honors, is a Creative Director at one of the largest advertising agencies in the South, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama where he teaches copywriting.

Meantime, in pursuit of the great American story, Tim’s produced six novels, two collections of short stories, and even a couple of one act plays that have been produced at the University of Michigan and the Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, MI. As a bit of trivia, the old films of the Frank Capra largely inspired the idea for Substitute Angel. As Tim puts it: “Capra had a diverse film career, but there was a recurring theme to many of his movies, you felt good by the end of the story; about America, your fellow man, or the possibilities of life. That’s what I wanted to do with Substitute Angel. I wanted a to tell a story that was etched in grit, romance and danger, yet had a magical element to it where the reader felt uplifted by the end.”

When he’s not working on stories, teaching, or writing for clients, Tim breaks his stereotype by playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band full of old hippies. A Michigan native, he currently lives in Birmingham, AL, with his wife, daughter and two rescue dogs.

Connect with Tim online: www.timbestonline.com

Books by Timothy BestMargot


Gold MarCom Award, Best E-Book, 2016

Substitute AngelMarcom Platinum Award

Tim’s debut novel, Substitute Angel, a 2013 Marcom Platinum Award winner, is available in ebook and paperback format at major retailers.



The prequel/sequel to Substitute Angel, The Intended Ones, also a Marcom Platinum Award winner (2014).

Look for more from Tim Best, coming soon!




  • Substitute Angel, Platinum MarCom Award, Best E-Book Cover Design, 2013
  • Substitute Angel, Editor’s Pick, In D’Tale Magazine, 2014
  • Substitute Angel, Reader’s Recommend Award, Coffee Time Romance & More, 2014
  • Substitute Angel, featured in the “Hot Indie Author Guide” American Library Association Conference & Exhibition, 2016
  • The Intended Ones, Platinum MarCom Award, Best Paperback Cover Design, 2014
  • The Intended Ones, “Excellent Rating,” In D’Tale Magazine, 2015
  • A Farm In Pennsylvania, Gold MarCom Award, Best E-Book, 2016

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