The Tinker and The Fold Series – The Problem with Solaris 3 & The Rise of the Boe
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? The idea for The Tinker and The Fold had its genesis in a car ride four years ago as a “Wouldn’t it be cool to create our own science fiction universe” discussion. Evan and I began scheduling time every weekend to create Lego models, character descriptions, sketches, and otherwise have fun spending some much needed father/son time together. After about eighteen months of playing around with the various characters and storylines, we decided to formalize our
ideas and work on The Problem with Solaris 3 got underway.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? The series follows teen Jett Joseph Javelin Junior (The Tinker) as he is forced to deal with the intergalactic consequences of his physics busting invention – The Quantum Swapper. His device puts Earth (Solaris 3) in the crosshairs of an alien civilization known as The Fold. The story is very visual and fast reading with a lot of emphasis placed on action sequences. Evan and I wrote it specifically for teen boys who generally don't make reading a priority. The initial feedback has been very positive from parents who have marveled as their teen sons plow through the books in one or two sittings. Of course, we hope that the series will also resonate with teen girls. This is why we introduced Abcde (Ab-sid-ee) as the strong and adventurous female protagonist in The Rise of the Boe.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? Our message in the books is very clear – be a good person and try to do good in the world. The other message we hope to communicate is that parents and children can work together to create wonderful things whether they are exciting stories like The Tinker and The Fold, local charities, innovative businesses, or life changing inventions, and have a ton of fun in the process. We hope readers will be inspired long after they finish the series to make a positive impact in their communities and create wonderful worlds together.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? It’s taken us almost four years to get to this point with The Tinker and The Fold. The thing we credit most for our success is our philosophy of being consistent in our work. In other words, it is the scheduling of the work every weekend that makes the difference. It is constant flow and pressure that allows water to create vast canyons out of bedrock. Be consistent. Write often (even when you don’t ‘feel like it’). Practice patience. Great stories are not written in a single sitting. They evolve in their own way over time. You know you’re on the right track when the story starts pulling you in new unexpected directions. Of course, it often takes a lot of pushing a story along before it gains momentum on its own. When push becomes pull, you’re cutting into the bedrock, and a vast canyon of creation awaits.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? From all that we’re seeing and reading, the publishing industry appears to be leveling off so far as ebooks are concerned. Most still favor printed material over its digital counterpart. Audio books are of particular interest to us and we plan to begin the audio versions of our books shortly after The Tinker trilogy is completed in spring 2017.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book? John Lennon once famously said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” The biggest challenge in writing a book (or completing any project for that matter) is in all of things competing for your time and attention – work, family events, trips, errands, homework, school projects, and the myriad of other curve balls that life throws at you. Having the discipline to prioritize what’s important and deprioritize distractions takes a fair amount of energy, but is well worth the effort. Of course, we dealt with other more commonly cited challenges like writers’ block, but we found that the consistency of our efforts generally overwhelmed any temporary hurdles we encountered in terms of plot, character, or story flow.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? The Tinker and The Fold is specifically written for middle and high school teen boys who do not generally enjoy reading. If you have one of these personality types in your household, this series is absolutely for them. The Rise of the Boe (book 2) should be purchased with The Problem with Solaris 3 for two reasons:
1. Book one’s cliff hanger ending creates tremendous suspense.
2. The Rise of the Boe contains a glossary with phonetic spellings of the often hard to pronounce names we’ve created using anagrams from other popular sci-fi franchises.
What began as a way to spend time together on weekends, The Tinker and The Fold was created by father/son writing team Scott and Evan Gordon and has blossomed into a critically acclaimed science fiction action adventure series. For more information, please see: https://www.facebook.com/TheTinkerandTheFold/
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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2016 ©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs
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