Author Interview: C.E. Martin's werewolf books.
Introducing C.E. Martin!
Charles, would you like to introduce yourself to readers?
I'm a 44 year old father of two, married, living in the midwest (of America). I'm an investigator for a local agency.
What is your current or most recent project?
I just started this week on a sequel to my first self-published novel, Mythical. The sequel is titled Mythical: Brothers in Stone and is the second book in a planned trilogy.
Mythical is the story of a young lady, Josie Winters, 18, who has from graduated high school and is spending one last summer with her friends, motocross riding in the Arizona desert. They stumble across a dead man, who returns to life with partial amnesia.
With Josie's help, the man, Colonel Mark Kenslir, remembers he is a super soldier - part of a team that was killed by a shapeshifter they were hunting. A shapeshifter who rips out the hearts of victims, consumes them and assumes the identity and powers of his victims.
Kenslir and the teens track the shapeshifter to a resort hotel where the vice president is staying and Kenslir gets his rematch.
What are you planning to write next?
When Brothers in Stone is complete, I'll finish up the trilogy with Mythical: Blood and Stone.
Then I have to decide if I want to turn this into a series or move on to another project - the novelization of a horror-comedy script I wrote two years ago. Dead Prey about a man who has to embrace the family curse and become a werewolf when zombies invade his neighborhood.
How did you begin taking your writing seriously? What triggered your interest?
I read a lot when I was a teenager, sometimes as many as four books a week. It got me interested in writing, and I tried my hand at submitting to traditional publishers several times over the years without any luck. I just recently returned to fiction writing this year when I learned that self-publishing was so easy.
Also, I have a 12 year old daughter, and I was disheartened to see the kind of stuff her friends were reading - I'm an overprotective parent and it all seems a little too grown up for 12 year olds. I felt there needed to be more good, clean action like the books I grew up reading.
How do you think the publishing industry will have changed in ten years time?
I'm not sure... I would hope the ebook craze will teach agents and publishers to stop only printing what they like and print what readers want. That's the beauty of epublishing, there's something out there for every taste, and we don't just have to pick from the paltry offerings the big six offer us.
I don't think printed books will ever die out - sometimes it's nice to just have a printed book to hold. On the other hand, smart phones, ebook readers and the like are so convenient and books can get to readers so much quicker than the printed industry allows.
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Do you have a daily word-count, an allocated time-slot for writing, or an established writing routine of some kind?
I like to thoroughly research and plot out my work now. Years ago I just wrote by the seat of my pants, with a vague outline. I'd get stuck here and there and have a hard time figuring it out. I tried screenplay writing in 2010 and found that doesn't work, due to the pacing requirements - you have to plan everything meticulousy then fill in the blanks.
My screenplay for this year came so fast, then seemed like it would be perfect for novelization. Since I had it already plotted out, I was able to write it in about three weeks. I anticipate the sequel to take about the same amount fo time as I've spent a month on detailed notes and an outline.
When I do sit down and write, I like to put on the noise-cancelling headphones to drown out my whacky girls' noise and just write until I feel like stopping, or the laptop feels like it's going to catch on fire. I've gone six hours before, forgetting to eat.
Are you a member of a writers group? Have you attended writing courses or seminars? Have these been helpful to you?
No, I read the many writer forums but pretty much keep to myself.
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What do you do with your spare time?
I spend most of my time in my basement, watching TV with my kids (mainly monster movies).
I'm also an Xboxer- it being a great way to stay in touch with my friends who are also dads. We can chit chat and have fun without having to leave our parental duties behind. My girls, ages 6 and 12, love to watch the games.
Is there a particular novel which you've re-read again and again?
Deathbeast by David Gerrold was one of my favorites when I was younger. I read it maybe four times. It's about some folks that travel back in time to hunt dinosaurs for fun. My grandfather gave it to me in the late 1970s.
What's the most useful 'how to' advice you've encountered?
Write what you know. I never understood that when it came to fiction, but I do now. Plan it out, have the story worked out on paper or in your head before you start writing. If you adlib it as you go, you're going to put yourself in a corner, or end up having to rewrite a lot of pages to make things work.
Picture an apocalyptic scenario. To survive, you've got to leave behind everything but what you can carry. What do you put in your backpack?
What don't I put?
In most apocalytpic scenarios, my plan would be to stay home, hunkered down with all our water, camping equipment and food. But if I had to bug out as they say, I'd include: a Bible, a knife or two, a first aid kit, a firestick, my leatherman multitool, an MP3 player/radio, spare batteries, paper and pens, my crank charger for small electronics, my camera and flash cards, some extra socks, shorts and tshirt, some water, some garbage bags, a mirror, some fishing line and hooks, a sewing kit, a poncho, a space blanket, a crank flashlight, rope/550 cord, beef jerky and some light dry food, and copies of our important papers, a toothbrush, soap, and as every good Hitchhiker should know, a towel.
We actually have a plan in place on what to take and what to carry it in- not that we get much more than tornadoes in Indiana. We did have to bug out a few winters ago. We had some ice storms and had to go spend three days with my inlaws. That taught us that we needed to be ready for natural disasters. We now have a storm closet in the basement with a lot of gear.
Name a favourite place, a favourite piece of music, and a favourite film.
My favorite place is my basement - my girls and I have a Movie Room where we watch TV, play video games or read. It's only 50% finished (I never seem to have the time to finish it the rest of the way) but it has the minimum neccessities, like a mini fridge, surround sound and a big TV. It's quiet and cool, and we pretty much live there most of the time.
I'm not much of a music person. I like the song Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum (1969), but I tend to lean toward movie scores as my favorite listening. My favorite pieces come from the Alec Baldwin movie The Shadow (1994).
My favorite film is Predator (1987). I can watch it over and over again, despite its many continuity errors, and excessive cursing. I love B Movies, and watch a lot of movies with my kids.
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