Over the past few years, Kevin has written both fiction short stories and nonfiction editorials for magazine and web publication. He worked as Producer for a nationally syndicated radio program and as Editor for a nationally based webzine. He currently edits and writes for his own webzine and continues to work diligently on his latest novel.
A lot of words from J. Kevin Tumlinson:
I have always been a reader. My mother says that I learned to read at around age 4 (a little bit of math puts it at closer to 3), and that I would read any book I could get my hands on. Young adult books were my general favorites (who didn't like Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing and Superfudge? Judy Blume, God bless you!), but I could often be found half buried in encyclopedias, National Geographics, and just about anything else that was filled with the printed word. I had a comic book and cartoon upbringing, but books were always the kids I played with the most.
It is reading that I give the most credit for guiding me to the field of writing. After all, if you're a baseball fan, how long does it take for you to grab a glove and a ball and become Conseco on your local diamond? I was sprawling my stories across sheets of notebook paper almost as soon as I could write.
Like I said, I wrote stories. I even wrote a book once (four pages, single spaced, hand-written on notebook paper. I was in second grade). But it wasn't until my freshman year in high school - after reading a book called Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card - that it occurred to me that I was a writer. That book changed my life by showing me what fiction can do. From that point on, I knew what I was, and so did everyone around me.
I somehow got mixed up in the wrong crowd, though, and wound up going to college for Electronics Engineering. After spending five years wasting my life in that field, I decided that it was time to pursue my first love, and so I ended up at Houston Baptist University (HBU), majoring in Communications and English. For the past five years I've been doing my impression of Don Quixote de la Mancha, chasing windmills in the name of being a great writer. I think it's paying off, though I am still looking for my personal Dolcenea.
It was because of HBU that I eventually met Todd Hewey. I had once thought (mistakenly) that if I wanted to be a writer I must at least pursue journalism, so my skills could pay the bills. For the brief (and painful) time I was a Mass Media major, I took an internship (as part of the major's requirements) with CompuTalk Radio Network, where Todd was producing the weekly radio show, Tom King's CompuTalk. For the next year or so I worked under Todd, and when he left and I took over his position we kept in touch. When it came to a point where he needed help on his new project, Honor Squadrons International, I was honored that he had called me, and more than willing to come onboard. *
Besides writing, I'm pretty good with a camera, and I'm developing some major chops with Adobe Photoshop. I'm also becoming a decent web designer (all you see before you, my friends, has sprung from my fingertips. I built this very web site). When I'm dropping the illusion of modesty altogether, I generally like to refer to myself as a Renaissance man - one of those few whose talents cover a broad spectrum instead of one specialized field (hey, I warned you that it was immodest).
Currently, I'm learning all about the world of vintage aircraft. Restoration, flight, stats and specs, all are on the "To Do" list in my head, and all are slowly sinking in. I look forward to working with Todd (a man whom I have come to love as a brother and in whom I have complete trust), and I also look forward to being a part of your life. Without you, beloved reader and viewer, I would likely still be an engineer. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Kevin's Skills and Talents Include:
*As it turned out, Todd called me barely two weeks before my job as Editor of Boating.com capsized. We all count it as a blessing from God. Thanks again, Todd!