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Kevin Tumlinson


Author. Consultant. Keynote Speaker. Podcaster. Fiction Author. 

You can just sum him up as the Wordslinger—a story-shaping, world-changing, people-loving knotwork of word-weaving wonder. 

Looking for some good fiction? We have that here. You can even sign up for a FREE EBOOK below!

In addition to penning tales of fictional wonder, Kevin works with subject matter experts to help them create strategies for writing the books they need in a publish-or-perish world, and for building, nurturing, and growing their authority business. He speaks on how to be an author in 30 days (sometimes without even writing a book), and how to build a pants-free career, doing the work you really love.

Click around to learn more about Kevin's Wordslinger ways, and join the Tribe below to become an honorary Slinger yourself (and to get that FREE BOOK!).

It's what all the awesome kids are doing. And we all want to be among the awesome kids. So. Very. Much

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Kevin Tumlinson


Author. Consultant. Keynote Speaker. Podcaster. Fiction Author. 

You can just sum him up as the Wordslinger—a story-shaping, world-changing, people-loving knotwork of word-weaving wonder. 

Looking for some good fiction? We have that here. You can even sign up for a FREE EBOOK below!

In addition to penning tales of fictional wonder, Kevin works with subject matter experts to help them create strategies for writing the books they need in a publish-or-perish world, and for building, nurturing, and growing their authority business. He speaks on how to be an author in 30 days (sometimes without even writing a book), and how to build a pants-free career, doing the work you really love.

Click around to learn more about Kevin's Wordslinger ways, and join the Tribe below to become an honorary Slinger yourself (and to get that FREE BOOK!).

It's what all the awesome kids are doing. And we all want to be among the awesome kids. So. Very. Much

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"It's like a mashup of Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and the Iron Druid Chronicles, with a pinch of Doctor Who for flavor."

Some kids are born in a tangle.

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At sixteen years old, Sawyer Jackson hasn’t seen much beyond his grandparents' remote home, until one day he's transported to the Long Land — a strange world where everything he knows is turned upside down, and everyone he loves is suddenly in a lot of trouble.

Sawyer discovers that he's a Teth — an ancient bloodline that can see and manipulate the knotwork that weaves all of reality together.

Now he’s on the run from an enraged god, fighting vicious monsters and overcoming impossible challenges, and struggling every minute just to survive.

Sawyer could be the hero that saves everyone and everything in existence.

But who's going to save him?

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"Kevin encouraged me to follow my dreams, even though they seemed so unattainable. "

—Leah Wakefield 
MPH/RD Candidate at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Ever dreamt of starting your own authority business? Maybe you want to be an author or a keynote speaker, a coach or a consultant. You have expertise and experience that is unique, and therefore highly valuable

I help entrepreneurs like you to build and grow their authority business. And it starts with connecting with me, right here. 

I offer consulting with clients about building their authority business. I also speak on this topic and others to organizations and groups nationwide. It's all about building a business doing what you love, and building a "pants-free" career. Because pants—enemy of all.

Connect with me now to find out how I can help you build the kind of business that makes every morning feel like the best day of your life.

 
 
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About a Wordslinger


Kevin Tumlinson is an author, a keynote speaker, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. He's written numerous books, helped hundreds of authors, speakers, and consultants, and has worked with major brands such as ExxonMobil, HP, Sysco Foods, and the Discovery Channel. He also makes a lot of jokes about pants.

Inexplicable but true. 

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About a Wordslinger


Kevin Tumlinson is an author, a keynote speaker, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. He's written numerous books, helped hundreds of authors, speakers, and consultants, and has worked with major brands such as ExxonMobil, HP, Sysco Foods, and the Discovery Channel. He also makes a lot of jokes about pants.

Inexplicable but true. 

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Kevin Tumlinson » Author, Wordslinger

You can have everything you want in life if you’re willing to help enough other people get what they want.
— Zig Ziglar

Hi folks. Before we get into my bio below, I wanted to say that the whole point of me is entertaining, informing, and inspiring folks like you. I'm here to help. 

Read a good book—I have lots of them, and they're pretty good (if I do say so myself).

Get inspired—I host the Wordslinger Podcast, where you can hear stories from some of the most amazing people around, and learn how story shapes your culture, your career, and your life. Or you can book me to speak at your school, business, or event, and hear some live-action Wordslinger goodness. 

 

Build your dream career—You can get a little coaching to figure out where to start for building your writing a book, creating a strategy to build, nurture, or grow your authority business, or create own free-range, pants-free lifestyle. If your dream is to write and publish your own books, you can also listen to the Self Publishing Answers Podcast, where Nick Thacker and I give you insights, interviews, and interesting tidbits for making that dream come true.

There's plenty here for everyone. And it's all designed to help you become Best YouAwesome YouThe You-You-Love You. You dig?


A Wordslinger's Tale

I swear I'm not urinating in public. Or ...  am ... I?

I swear I'm not urinating in public. Or ...  am ... I?

I grew up in Wild Peach, Texas. If you're heard of it, you're probably from there.

But let's just say it's the kind of place where a kid can grow up knowing what it's like to climb trees and wander in the woods and swim in rivers, all while being within shouting distance of his Granny calling him to dinner. It was also a breeding ground for stories—which explains a lot.

I grew up in a house filled with stories. They were in my DNA. Folktales and tall tales, whoppers and (white) lies, and a family lore steeped in wise cracking and down-home wisdom—that's where I grew up. The perfect breeding ground for a Wordslinger.

Surprise! Kevin really is like that full time. 

Surprise! Kevin really is like that full time. 

Some of my favorite toys, growing up, were just junk I found laying about, in heaps kept by my grandfather in his tool shed, or in piles left curbside for the trash collectors. to cart away. I spent hours creating back stories and characters and scenarios that matched up to whatever my imagination made of what I'd found. It was some of the best story craft training in the world.

At some point, my family gave me a tape recorder for Christmas, along with a pack of cassettes. The phrase "it is ON" hadn't yet made it into popular use at the time, but it sill applies. Once I had a means of recording my thoughts, storytelling was the very first thing I did. And sharing those stories with the only audience at my disposal—my poor mother, brother, and grandparents—led to just the sort of encouragement a growing Wordslinger needs. 

I wrote my first book when I was in second or third grade. It was five pages, front and back, on lined notebook paper. I crafted a cover—thus beginning a long tradition of designing covers for my books—and bound the whole thing along the left edge with staples and a nice masking tape binding. Very posh.

My teacher, at the time, chuckled, and said, "Books aren't written on notebook paper, silly!" The whole class laughed along with her, and I slunked to my desk. And on that day, a life-long battle with "I'm not a real author" began. I had to publish half a dozen books before it finally started to let up. I'm hoping to have it licked by the time I'm 90.

I'm looking at your pockets. I'm wondering if you have food in there. I like food.

I'm looking at your pockets. I'm wondering if you have food in there. I like food.

I wrote short stories throughout school—sometimes to the frustration of my teachers, who would have preferred I just stuck to the essay topics. But I became known for those stories. People saw what I was doing, and figured that writing was something I'd do as a career.

I really wish someone had shared that with me.

Because for most of my career, I wrote and told stories on the side as I tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do for a living. I took jobs doing things like producing radio and television, and then eventually copywriting, all the while wondering, "What should I do for a career?" I wrote books because I always wanted to write books, thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool to write books for a living?"

Yeah, I know. Not so bright.

Kara is the love of my life. She can do better. But I work hard to keep her from realizing that. 

Kara is the love of my life. She can do better. But I work hard to keep her from realizing that. 

It was four decades after I came screaming into the world that I realized that I'd been doing what I wanted to do "when I grew up" for my entire career. Every job I'd had, every career leap I'd made, had been one big funnel to get me to where I'd wanted to go all along. I just hadn't realized I wanted to go there.

I'm a storyteller, first and foremost. The story comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes—from books to podcasts to public speeches. But it's the story that remains, when everything else fades away. That's my through-line. That's the shape of my life.

Once I knew this, I realized just how powerful story really is. It shapes our culture, our career, and our lives. It defines us. It makes us who we are. It creates the world we live in. 

That's why I started helping other people figure out how to shape their own stories. I started working with people to help them develop the skills and discipline to tell their story, their way. I helped people open new doors for themselves. And it felt good.

So now I'm the Wordslinger. Author, coach, keynote speaker, host of The Wordlsinger Podcast and the Self Publishing Answers Podcast. Those things are amazing—they give me the energy to get up every morning. They make me proud. But they're nothing at all compared to the charge I get from helping other people do the same stuff. I love inspiring people. I love reaching people and helping them figure out how to shape their own stories. That's my real life's work, in the end—entertain, inform, and inspire. 

So how'm I doin'?

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Amazing Fiction


"There was something so fascinating about this story and the cast of characters he put together." — Leah Petersen, Author of "Fighting Gravity"

This well written science fiction story will capture your interest on page one and won’t let go until you finish. Be forewarned it’s pretty much of a sure thing that you’ll be purchasing book two. The characters are mysterious, fascinating, and likable.  — James Chalk, Author of "Meat Market"

"Tumlinson managed to inject quirkiness and humor that was both unexpected and gave the characters even more depth." — JoAnn Takasaki, Author of "Luau Like a Local: The Easy Way"

Kevin is what every writer should be—entertaining and thought-provoking. — Shana Tehan, Press Secretary,  U.S. House of Representatives

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Amazing Fiction


"There was something so fascinating about this story and the cast of characters he put together." — Leah Petersen, Author of "Fighting Gravity"

This well written science fiction story will capture your interest on page one and won’t let go until you finish. Be forewarned it’s pretty much of a sure thing that you’ll be purchasing book two. The characters are mysterious, fascinating, and likable.  — James Chalk, Author of "Meat Market"

"Tumlinson managed to inject quirkiness and humor that was both unexpected and gave the characters even more depth." — JoAnn Takasaki, Author of "Luau Like a Local: The Easy Way"

Kevin is what every writer should be—entertaining and thought-provoking. — Shana Tehan, Press Secretary,  U.S. House of Representatives

Escape into some Amazing Fiction from Kevin Tumlinson

Looking for an escape? Get into some outstanding stories, straight from the mind of Kevin Tumlinson. Click above to go straight to the full library on Amazon.

Looking for an escape? Get into some outstanding stories, straight from the mind of Kevin Tumlinson. Click above to go straight to the full library on Amazon.

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Kev[IN]ews


Check out where Kevin Tumlinson is appearing online and around the world! Read interviews, listen to podcasts, and see what Kevin's been up to away from the pages of his own books and websites.

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Check out where Kevin Tumlinson is appearing online and around the world! Read interviews, listen to podcasts, and see what Kevin's been up to away from the pages of his own books and websites.

If you'd like to interview Kevin for your own blog, podcast, or show, or would like to book him for a speaking engagement, contact us here.

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