Born in Oklahoma, Sandlin spent his early summers in Wyoming while his father worked seasonally for Grand Teton National Park. Sandlin worked over 40 entry-level jobs including driving an ice cream truck, skinning elk, cooking in a Chinese restaurant, trail inventory for the Forest Service, caretaker of rental cabins, gardener for the Rockefellers, pizza parlor manager, belt buckle buffer, and multiple dishwashing jobs. Throughout this period he lived most of the year on public lands, first in a tent and later in a Cheyenne tipi. He has published eight novels and a book of columns. He written eleven screenplays for hire, two of which have been made into movies: Floating Away (1998), which was based on his novel Sorrow Floats and Skipped Parts (2001), based upon the novel of the same name. Sex and Sunsets served as the basis for the screenplay of the 2013 Canadian film The Right Kind of Wrong. Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty and Rowdy in Paris are currently in print (as of late, 2008). Tim's newest novel is Lydia, the fourth book of the GroVont Quartet.
- Sex and Sunsets, 1987, current reprint by Sourcebooks Landmark
- Western Swing, 1988, current reprint by Sourcebooks Landmark
- Skipped Parts, 1992, current reprint by Sourcebooks Landmark
- Sorrow Floats, 1992, current reprint by Sourcebooks Landmark
- Social Blunders, 1997, current reprint by Sourcebooks Landmark
- Honey Don't, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003, ISBN 978-0-399-14998-6
"The Pyms: Unauthorized Tales of Jackson Hole" Jackson Hole News
- Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty. Riverhead Books. 2007. ISBN 978-1-59448-933-4.
- Rowdy in Paris. Riverhead Books. 2008. ISBN 978-1-59448-974-7.
- Lydia, Sourcebooks Landmark, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4022-4181-9
- The Pyms: Unauthorized Tales of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Magazine, 1991
- Sandlin's official homepage
- Author's blog
- "An Interview with Tim Sandlin", Bookslut, January 2007
- "Tim Sandlin: Author Interview by Nannette Croce", Rose and Thorns, April 01, 2008
- "Tim Sandlin", Penguin.com
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