Two months ago, I published my first novel…a really great story (in my humble opinion) that took years to come together. So, now what? I wrote, worked with beta readers, cut, added, rewrote, edited, edited and edited. I engaged a cover designer, an editor, a proofreader. I had a launch. I’ve tweeted, set up […]
A big thank you to the people at Awesong Gang for making me a featured author there… ❤
Hello everyone, today I have the pleasure to be presenting an interview with Marie F. Martin…
What is your pen name?
Marie F Martin
Tell us about yourself?
I live in Montana, USA. I began writing in 1991 when one of my grandchildren needed family stories for a project in school. I wrote book on family history called Grandmother’s Story. I enjoyed putting words on paper so much I decided to write a fiction story. This led to a total of 7 books. I have published Three and a fourth will be out this fall.
I learned my love for books from my mother who was a librarian. I helped her after school and read many of the books in the small rural library.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To tell stories with honesty and humor at the human condition. I self promote them and have over 420,000 kindle downloads. I hope to continue with that.
When do you write, how much, and what part of the day is most productive for your “muse” to make her appearance?
My schedule varies. Some mornings I can write, other days I feel the need to do housework and errands first. Then I work on my manuscripts in the evening.
How many words do you write on an average day?
On the first drafts about 500 per day. rewriting is where the stories come alive and gain personality. this is much slower work. I don’t take word counts during this time.
Which authors inspire you personally?
John Grisham, James Herriot, Kent Haruf, Fannie Flagg
What genres of books have you written, or are you planning, and can you tell something about them without giving any spoilers?
Thriller, Suspense, Mystery.
Maternal Harbor is a thriller about four expectant mothers meeting at an OBGYN clinic and become friends. Then two of them are dead and the third is on the run protecting the infants.
Harbored Secrets is a psychological mystery base on the life of a young girl and how yeas later discovers secrets of my her mother did what she did.
Ratham Creek is a suspense. It starts with a grizzly attack and ends with a lovers’ spat, in between Arianne is a target.
Where do your ideas come from?
From my daily living. I raised four children so I knew about child birth and protecting babies. My mother and father told me stories of the prairies and I incorporate their memories into my books.
Why do you write? And when did this decision happen?
I am compelled to write. Try not to and clam retirement. Then an idea grabs hold and won’t let go until it is on paper.
How many words do you write on average day?
300, sometimes more, some times less.
Who are your favourite authors and genres when it comes to reading for leisure?
I like coming of age stories, mysteries, and suspense. I don’t read like I used to because I belong to two author critique groups and keeping up with their section to edit seems to eat into time for reading for pleasure. I like Carol Oates, Fannie Flagg, Billie Letts, Mary Higgins Clark
Who designed your book cover, and what inspired you to get it designed in this way?
Karri Klawtier. I would write her a synopsis and she would give me choices. She does really nice covers.
Which formats do you publish in?
Paperback and ebooks
What is your website?
What is your twitter handle?
What is your Facebook page?
What is your blog site?
What is your GoodReads link?
What part of the world do you live in?
Are you a pet owner?
Dogs have been a big part of my life. I put my last on to sleep last winter and have not gotten another yet
If you could visit anywhere for an all expenses paid holiday, where would this holiday take you?
List the five books you’d preload on your Kindle for that holiday?
The Outlander series
Are you a chocoholic?
I hope you enjoyed learning more about this author. Look forward to introducing the next one soon.
I decided to post a formal announcement about the latest developments from my Writing Desk.
New email mailing list
I am currently in the process of setting up a proper mailing list at Mailchimp which should become active during May 2016. See Twitter and Facebook pages for announcements of scheduled dates for launch and when the newsletter “From my Writing Desk” will be sent out each month. The mailing list will be OPT-IN, and will only be sent out once a month with latest news of info about my writing.
Scheduled releases this summer!
Currently I got TWO new books scheduled for release.
My first science fiction book “SUBJECT 37” which already can be pre-ordered:
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: 12 August 2016
In a society of five hundred years in the future, Earth has essentially been split into two zones. The zone that is occupied by the humans of that time, called Utopus, is a clean environment, with good housing, good health care, plenty of food available. No one knows how Utopus is being able to be kept in this state.
After the Third World War of three hundred and seventy years earlier, it became the region on Earth that all the survivors went to live in. Earth’s population of the year 2522 is not as it was at the turn of the twenty-second century. The population is only one percent of the original population of just over eight billion.
Every ten years a single scientist gets sent to the polluted zone which makes up the other half of Earth’s surface. As none of the previous scientists ever returned no one in Utopus knows what actually is going on in that region simply referred to as the Zone Zero.
The story follows a man, selected as this year’s Subject, to go into Zone Zero, and to determine its current condition. He’s simply known to the survivors in this world as Subject 37. However, his name is Steven Burgard. His journey through Zone Zero is one that no one prepared him for.
Steven Burgard was my name until yesterday…!
Currently no Kindle format available yet for this book but that will be added on or shortly after the Paperback release.
Check my twitter feed for updates.
Back to back with the release of this novel, I am also releasing the BOOK TWO in the epic fantasy series The Wolf Riders of Keldarra. Full title to be confirmed at this date. This book will be released about one week after Subject 37.
Synopsis to be announced, however I can tell you that Marrida and Alagur will be delving deeper into the darker secrets that binds both their factions to a single event that happened nine hundred years earlier.
What is happening at my Writing Desk?
I am already plotting for the next two books coming out later this year, looking over my own schedule of upcoming releases, it seems to me I am going to transition slowly from the original fantasy writer I am today into being a multi-genre author.
For starters I believe in diversity. It’s been something I was good at with my own reading choices, reading anything from classic science fiction by Isaac Asimov to the historic novels I knew about when I was perhaps 12-15 years old, to reading pretty much every one my Papa’s Maigret paperbacks. I seems to now want to put into practice while writing, what I did while reading — diversify my writing style and genres.
You’ve heard that old adage. Read about what you know. When I reflect back over my life, it’s amazing how much I’ve experienced. Seems some of it will seep into my writing as I write more and more of my fiction. As I said recently to a fellow writer… “I’ve got a lot of books planned…”
So in no particular order, beside the fantasy and science fiction I already mentioned as “being written”, here’s the other genres I got book ideas being plotted for – crime fiction, mystery, alternate history, and urban fantasy. And for urban fantasy I’ve got a very nice book planned in the Young Adult fiction range, and this book is planned for early 2017. In addition, I got some short stories I want to write, and because I own worldwide rights to Keldarra as an indie author, I can also write some interesting novellas set in that world which will give a more indepth insight to a number of the recurring characters from The Wolf Riders of Keldarra epic fantasy series.
Also upcoming, and look out for it in about 10 days time here on my blog, will be the indepth “Interview with Myself” with supporting blog articles, which I’ve been writing over the last month or so with interesting questions found on various random blog sites that list “Author Interviews” as a feature on their site. If YOU run a blog with such a section, be on the lookout for this feature on my book, because you can repost it as a blog entry on your own website.
Guess it’s back to writing for me. At the time of writing this at almost 10am I’ve made huge progress with my writing and editing so far, but the day is far from over for me.
Remember to go do this too!!!
My first science fiction book “SUBJECT 37” which already can be pre-ordered:
Thank you for reading.
Nathalie M.L. Römer