Science fiction author G.D. Tinnams has always had a passion for reading. But what gets him writing are burning questions that he needs to explore. His novel Redfern: Continuity Is Everything is available on Amazon.
1. Could you share your background as an author?
I suppose the passion for writing came from a very early passion for reading. I really enjoyed early teen favourites like John Wyndham, Douglas Hill, Ian Serrallier and Nicholas Fisk. Most of these were character and adventure based science fiction which were very easy to read. Later on I read fantasy coming of age classics by Raymond E. Feist and David Eddings, and then moved on to character-driven science fiction with interesting ideas with Robert J Sawyer, Robert Charles Wilson and Greg Egan.
I suppose at the end of the day my writing is a mish mash of all of these. Why did I even start writing? I suppose I have burning questions of my own which I want to explore. It’s an itch I have to scratch.
2. What do you use your mailing list for?
I’m afraid my marketing skills have been limited and I’ve never set up a mailing list which is probably where I’m going wrong.
But the problem from my point of view is that there is so much advertising, so much noise – how do you make any of it meaningful? How do you convince someone that your book is worth reading and is an experience worth savouring?
I don’t have the answer to that yet.
3. Do you have any advice for aspiring or new authors?
The marketplace is changing fast and things that worked in the past like Amazon free days or keywords don’t necessarily work anymore. I sold a lot of copies of my first novel Threshold Shift just by doing KDP and giveaways, which stretched into the hundreds. Nowadays giveaways don’t even get past a hundred: that’s a big change in just five years. There’s so much marketing that offers no return and it is frustrating. A new writer on the scene needs to be wary.
The big thing at the moment is teen supernatural novels and I think the teen market is the biggest market. What could teens be into next? Well, when I was a teen I was into science fiction, but I doubt I was a typical teen. The themes of growing up, finding an identity, falling in love are always present, but the backdrop changes. Harry Potter to Twilight to something else – whatever that something else will be. We will see.
Thanks to GD Tinnams for his time. You can check his website out here.
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