… and it’s another guest! I guess I’m a bit late with this, since the book came out one year ago, but better late than never… Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome J.C. Martin!
When did you start writing?
I can’t honestly remember. Writing and reading have always been in my life. I wrote my first novel at 14. The first thing I remember writing is a comic series (which I also illustrated) about our family dogs.
What genre(s) do you write?
Mainly crime thrillers, but I also enjoy writing short stories, particularly in the horror genre.
Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
I get ideas from everything around me, from topical news issues, atmospheric locations, myths and legends … even something someone says could spawn a scene, if not an entire story!
Do you have a specific writing routine?
I used to, but since Baby Martin came along I just try to squeeze writing in between feeds, nappy changes, bottle washing, and sleepless nights. I know I’m supposed to enjoy watching him grow, but I can’t wait for the day I can just dump him in a playpen beside me, and he can entertain himself while I get some writing done!
Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Outliner. The entire novel is plotted out, chapter by chapter, before I begin writing, but I’m not afraid to go off-piste and improvise if a brilliant idea hits me. And I… am … a … verrry … sl-ooo-ow… writer…
Oracle is a crime thriller about a serial killer counting down to the London Olympics by committing bizarre murders, with a grand finale planned on the largest stage of all – the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Both have their advantages and are equally viable routes to publication. Oracle is traditionally published, albeit by a small press, and I enjoy the editing and marketing support I get from my publisher. Nevertheless, I’m planning on self-publishing my horror story collection. Apart from the fact that the short story format is less attractive to publishers anyway, I like the idea that I maintain full creative control, and get to keep a large chunk of royalties.
Any other projects in the pipeline?
I’m writing a sequel to Oracle which will be book 2 of my Detective Lancer series. Tentatively titled Labyrinth, it will be set amid the twisting tunnels of the London Underground network.
I’m also working on a collection of horror stories (as yet untitled). The common theme of these stories is the potential for horror in the everyday.
What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
To be able to pay the bills doing what I love. The only way to do this is to keep churning out those stories, and hope for the best!