Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MEET THE AUTHOR: MIKE MARTIN AUTHOR OF A TANGLED WEB @mike54martin


Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.

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Title: A TANGLED WEB
Author: Mike Martin
Publisher: Booklocker
Pages: 338
Genre: Mystery

BOOK BLURB:

Life is good for Sgt. Wind­flower in Grand Bank, Newfoundland. But something’s missing from the Mountie’s life. Actually, a lot of things go missing, including a little girl and supplies from the new factory. It’s Windflower’s job to unravel the tangled web of murder, deceit and an accidental kidnapping that threatens to engulf this sleepy little town and destroy those closest to him. But there’s always good food, good friends and the love of a great woman to make everything better in the end.

A TANGLED WEB is available at Amazon.

 


What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?
I had three older sisters who inspired me to read, which is a prerequisite to being a writer. I learned very early to read and escape into the adventure of a story.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?
I have always wanted to be a writer and in my school days played around with stories and poetry. Once I started working I found jobs that would allow me to write as often as possible. This became full-time commercial writing and later freelance writing on my own. The fiction didn’t come until later in life when I was older and maybe a little less shy about sharing my stories with the world.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?
1.      I would suggest setting a word count for yourself for every day. Try and write in the morning and if you don’t meet your quota, you can pick it up later in the day.
2.      Share your writing with someone you trust. Someone who will be honest, but kind. That way you can gain confidence to share it more widely.
3.      Write for yourself and let that be good enough. If no one else likes it, it will still be okay. But always try and improve so that more people will at least take a look at it.

What hours do you write best?

I write best in the morning. Before the rest of the world floods in and takes over my time and my brain power. I also like to write in the quiet. That makes mornings best for me and also why I could never write in a Starbucks!!

How often do you write?
I write every day. When I am writing my Sgt. Windflower Series, I will write for about an hour in the morning and then another hour during the day. But I also write freelance articles and stories and I set aside sometime every day to research and write these stories as well.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently trying to develop a new series, based roughly about a minor league baseball team and their head of security. And I am doing a lot of promotional work for A Tangled Web, the new Sgt. Windflower Mystery book.

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