How did you know you wanted to be an author?: From the moment I learned to read, I was in love with stories and the written word. I wrote my first book when I was five years old—five pages in a Big Chief notebook, front and back. I also spent hours each day dictating stories into a cassette recorder, narrating the lives of boy detectives and superheroes and heroic space knights. I knew I wanted to be a writer long before I knew what being a writer meant, and it has been the passion of my life.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Write without editing, and write every single day. Write until the work is finished, and then begin your edits. Decide on a target word count, and a target date of completion, and divide those to know how many words you need to write every day. Then go write them.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: I do most of my writing at a standing desk built from reclaimed barn wood and iron pipes, to a soundtrack of ambient cafe sounds and film scores. Standing and moving help me think, and the soundtrack helps me focus.
What message do you want readers to remember?: There is more mystery and intrigue and adventure in the world than we typically realize, and all we have to do is peel back the layers, dust away some of the soil, and look closely. Even small towns can have grand histories. Look for the adventure all around you.
How can fans get in contact with you?: Reach out to me from my website contact page at https://kevintumlinson.com/contact