About Dave Tomlinson:
I’m originally from beautiful New Zealand and now live in Brisbane Australia. My passion is for travel, outdoor adventure and cultural understanding. I’ve now explored over 50 countries across 5 continents of the world. Apart from photography, I have used my love of travel to create a website and write two books. Travel Unravelled is a guide book for anyone wanting to travel the world on a budget and Around the World in 80 Tales is a collection of my unique experiences doing exactly that!
What inspires you to write?
Although I enjoy capturing my travel memories in photos, I feel they are only glimpses into an untold story. I enjoy being able to complete these stories through my words. To make them colourful, fascinating and exciting is what inspires me as a writer. I love giving my readers a genuine sense of what it’s like to explore the world on a budget. And if I can inspire them to do more travel themselves then I’m even more delighted!
Tell us about your writing process.
Being a non-fiction writer is perhaps easier than fiction because I don’t have to contrive characters or plots. Instead, I am relating the various situations I’ve encountered through my travels. But this needs to be done creatively to draw the reader into the story. I want to convey thoughts, feelings and emotions. If something is amusing I want people to laugh out loud and but if I’m in a dangerous or lonely situation, I want them to feel the suspense or sadness.
So I simply write my stories as I remember them happening. I just use the people, places and events inspire my descriptions of them. Often cultural differences, interesting personalities or the unique wonder of historical sites provide abundant inspiration! Accordingly, I like to just go with the flow of my thoughts when I’m writing. The result is usually more creative and captivating for the reader.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided that at this stage both my books will be self-published electronically. I’ve had queries about if or when they will be printed and it’s something I would consider. In the meantime, I realise there is a huge market for e-books. Aside from quality content, the key is in marketing them well. Unless you are a relatively well established author, books simply don’t sell themselves no matter how good they are!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
No matter how successful the e-book industry becomes, there will always be a place for printed books. This is especially true in the children’s genre. There is something about being able to hold a book, smell it and turn the pages that will never lose its appeal. For me personally though, I think my travel books are well suited to those who prefer to read from their Kindle or tablet.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, Travel
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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