Interview with Author Frank Martin

Frank Martin has written novels, short stories, and comics. His work has been featured in numerous collaborations, including Blackest Knights which I recently reviewed. His story "The King and The Witch" was one of my favorites, and he was kind enough to agree to an interview here. 

What inspired your world building process?
Anything and everything. Sometimes it’s simple as another story I read/saw/played (Shhh. Don’t tell anyone). Other times it can be something a bit more subtle. Things in our everyday life. An animal, job, or relationship. The best stories, no matter if they’re in fantasy worlds or far among the stars, always contain a hint of things we can recognize. Details that allow a reader to relate your wild and crazy world to something in their own.

Who are you writing for and why? 
Me. 95% of the time, unless I’m writing a story for a particular person, I’m writing for myself. Because I have something to say or an itch I need scratching. I know, as a writer, I’m not supposed to say that. I’m supposed to have an audience in mind when I craft a story. But I don’t. I write something because I would like to read it. If others like to read it too then great!

What do you do to recharge your creative energy? 
This question sounds different than, “what do you do to break writer’s block?” Which I would either answer with “showering” or “wandering a supermarket.” But recharging creative energy? I guess the best way to do that is to watch my kids play. I usually like to play with them, but just sitting back on the couch, watching them run around and play make believe, that’s the best way to get my mind racing and rejuvenate my muse.

What reactions do you hope to inspire in others?
Depends on the story. It could be hope. Fear. Sadness. Joy. Laughter. Despair. I don’t try to limit the stories I tell to one style or another. The genres I write it and the characters I can create can be as wide as life itself. So in that regards, I hope the reactions are just as varied.

Where is your writing taking you?
Wherever it wants to. I have no direction. I just pump the gas and jump in for the ride.

Find more from Frank Martin:

Twitter: @frankthewriter 

Instagram: @frankthewriter


Facebook: frankmartinwriter

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