Featured Author: Debra Martin December 18, 2010Posted by Jaidis in Featured Authors.
Today’s Featured Author spotlight is on the prowl again and has decided to shine its light on upon a new face. I’d like to welcome today’s Featured Author…Debra Martin!! Continue reading to learn about the second book in The Rule of Otharia series, The Crystal Façade, along with Ms. Martin’s writing habits and about her co-author David Small.
Debra L Martin writes with co-author, David W Small. They have been writing together since 2006. They are currently working on a fantasy that they hope to publish in 2011. Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 3 cats. David lives on the West Coast with his wife and daughter.
Without giving too much away, can you tell us what this book is about?
The Crystal Façade is an action-adventure, science fiction book that follows the continuing troubles of royal Otharian twins, Darius and Dyla Telkur. Darius has secured the Telkur throne, but there is unrest in nearby duchies and he must lend his support to his fellow Dukes. Meanwhile, his twin sister, Dyla, a strong empath who has dream visions, is haunted by visions of Lord Blackheart, a mob boss from Earth. Otharia and Earth are connected dating back to the time of Merlin the Magician, but it is a secret that has been closely guarded. The twins must find out what that connection means before assassins on both planets find and eliminate them.
How long did it take you to write The Crystal Facade?
I write with my co-author, David W. Small, and it took us about one year to write the book. Between passing files back and forth during the writing portion and then extensive editing sessions, it takes us many months to completely finish a book.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The Crystal Façade is non-stop action happening on both Otharia and Earth and should entertain fans of Arthurian lore.
How many books have you written so far?
Dave and I have written 2 novels in the “Rule of Otharia” series and 2 novelettes in the “Dark Future” series, post-apocalyptic stories.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Dave and I were on the phone with each other at the time discussing our next story. We were, of course, absolutely thrilled that perfect strangers were buying our books.
Which book was the most enjoyable for you to write?
So far, The Crystal Façade was the most enjoyable to write. In the first book, The Quest for Nobility, there was a lot of setting up the world and the introducing the main characters. We have heard from readers that Crystal Façade is a stand-alone novel so you don’t necessarily need to know the back story in the first book to enjoy this one.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?
I think first and foremost, after you write your book, edit, edit, edit. Having beta readers is absolutely essential. Fresh eyes can catch plot holes, inconsistencies and typos. Next it’s imperative that you have a great cover to catch a reader’s eyes and then a book blurb that will draw them in and make them buy the book.
Outlines? Are they needed or just a waste of time?
Dave and I absolutely use outlines. Because we both write the story, we need an outline so we both know where the story is headed. It may be different with a single author because you know your own story, but when you have a co-author, having an outline helps keep the story on track.
What is the last book you read?
Flank Hawk by Terry Ervin. It was an excellent fantasy.
Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie music, silence, chocolate)
I like it quiet. The less distractions there are, the more writing I get done.
Night owl or Early bird?
I’m an early bird; Dave is the night owl.
If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Jane Austen. Can you imagine how incredible it would be to talk to her about writing Pride and Prejudice?
If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?
I guess I would be a dog – loyal and loving, but I’d much rather be a cat. At least to live the life of my own cats – now those are pampered lives.
If you were written about on the front page of the newspaper, what would the headline be?
Unknown author now known.
If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?
Read The Crystal Façade.
I’d like to Thank Debra for stopping by and being a Featured Author here on Juniper Grove!
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