His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Harper's, and GQ. His novel The Next Step in the Dance won the 1999 SEBA Book Award. His novel The Clearing won the 1999 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance SIBA Book Award and the 2003 Mid-South Independent Booksellers Association Award. He also won the 2005 John Dos Passos Prize.
Gautreaux also authored Same Place, Same Things and Welding with Children — collections of short stories. His 2009 novel The Missing was described as his "best yet" by New Orleans Times-Picayune book editor Susan Larson in a featured article.
Gautreaux notes that his family's blue-collar background has been a significant influence on his writing. His father was a tugboat captain, and his grandfather was a steamboat engineer. Given those influences, he says, "I pride myself in writing a 'broad-spectrum' fiction, fiction that appeals to both intellectuals and blue-collar types. Many times I've heard stories of people who don't read short stories, or people who have technical jobs, who like my fiction."
Gautreaux also tends to write from experience or what he knows. He argues an author should have a good understanding or background history over what he intends to write about, "just learned along the way that writing comes from living. Living doesn't come from writing. The best way to learn how to write about children is to have a couple of your own. You have to go through the struggle of raising them."
In addition, Gautreaux has made clear that he is not interested in being classified as a "Southern writer," preferring instead to say that he is a "writer who happens to live in the South." He is much more comfortable embracing his Roman Catholicism, saying, "I've always been a Roman Catholic, since baptism, since birth."
- Timothy Gautreaux on Peoplesearch.com, retrieved 11 March 2009. Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Christopher Scanlan, Timothy Gautreaux in Creative Loafing: New & Views Beta (Atlanta), 17 June 2004.
- See Scanlan, supra.
- 1999 SIBA Book Award Winners. Archived 3 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Chapman, supra.
- Susan Larson, A storied career Archived 23 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine in Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 11 March 2009, pp. A1, C1, C3 (blog version = Novelist Tim Gautreaux is river bound in "The Missing"). See also Greg Langley, Gautreaux examines cosmology of loss in The Missing in the Baton Rouge Advocate, 22 March 2009, p. 3E (web site accessed 22 March 2009).
- Nisly, L. Lamar, ed. (2012). Conversations with Tim Gautreaux. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-61703-607-1.
- Conversations 65.
- Conversations 157.
- Conversations 123.
- Conversations 137.
- See information from Peoplesearch.com and Scanlan, supra.
- Margaret D. Bauer, "An Interview with Tim Gautreaux: 'Cartographer of Louisiana Back Roads'", Southern Spaces, 28 May 2009. http://southernspaces.org/2009/interview-tim-gautreaux-cartographer-louisiana-back-roads
- Margaret D. Bauer, "Understanding Tim Gautreaux", The University of South Carolina Press, 31 January 2010. http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2009/3859.html
- L. Lamar Nisly, ed, Conversations with Tim Gautreaux, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.
- L. Lamar Nisly, Wingless Chickens, Bayou Catholics, & Pilgrim Wayfarers: Constructions of Audience and Tone in O'Connor, Gautreaux, and Percy, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2011.