MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR FRANK MARTIN!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Frank Martin. I write comics and books in all different genres. Fantasy. Horror. Sci-fi. Mystery. Comedy. You name it. I’ve probably written it (or will).
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My comic series Modern Testament is an anthology of short stories, each one centered around a different being from biblical mythology interacting with our modern world.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a fan of mythology and these biblical beings have been depicted in so many stories throughout the ages. Modern Testament is my spin on these iconic characters in tales that range from fantasy and paranormal to horror and comedy.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Research was two-fold. I research the history and origins behind each characters. I then looked into past versions of them to make sure my vision for them hasn’t already been done before.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Modern Testament is four volumes with my favorite being the fourth. I went all out for the last one, which featured God, the Devil, and the Horsemen of Death.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Even though the biblical beings are the stars of the book, it’s their interactions with everyday humans that drive the stories. I drew inspiration for them from just the average people around me, trying to figure how a biblical being might interact with them.
Was it always meant to become a series?
The first volume was actually standalone. Only after it was released did the publisher, Insane Comics, ask if I planned any follow ups. I soon expanded the idea into a series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Some days are harder to find time than others. So I set a weekly goal instead, either trying to finish a particular script or chapter in a novel. It’s still tough, though, so I have to scrape together every moment of writing I can on an old flip phone.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Well, Modern Testament is actually being compiled into a trade of the entire series. All 15 stories in one book. The Kickstarter launched on July 31st. You can visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frankthewriter/modern-testament-the-complete-ethereal-collection for more info.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes I think long and hard about giving a name meaning. Other times I just choose something at random. There’s no rhyme or reason as to when I put effort into it or not. Don’t know why.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have NO idea. Everywhere and everything.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
My weakest genre is romance. But I’ve always been intrigued by it. Maybe one day I’ll take the plunge.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time to do it.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I don’t have any of my own. I think they can be cool if done right. Most aren’t, though, and look very cheesy.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Having three children that aren’t jerks.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Making your imagination a reality.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I can barely picture myself 10 days from now. Wherever I wind up, though, I know I’ll be writing.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I always came up with stories. Most kids do. They just lose the interest to write them down along the way.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write. Don’t worry about being good or bad. Just put words down. That’s always the first step.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Professional video game player. A boy can dream, right?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews. I don’t want to but just can’t help myself. I never respond, though. Not out of principle. Just haven’t done it yet. I ignore the bad for the most part, but if enough people are saying the same thing about my writing then maybe it’s time to take their advice.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. Man, oh man, do I hate pushing my own work.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I’m a fan of director Danny Boyle. I heard him say once that he never wants to make the same kind of movie twice. I feel the same way about writing. I want to write a vampire story, werewolf story, zombie story, time travel story, magic story, ghost story…my version of all the tropes.
Where did your love of books come from?
I don’t necessarily think I love books. I love stories. They just happen to be in books. But they’re in other things, too.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I loved the Goosebumps series growing up. It’s amazing how they’ve showed longevity.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I’m writing a fantasy trilogy that includes a pirate named Captain Stone. He’s smart, conniving, and witty. Yet has a sense of morals that often comes in direct conflict with his crew. I enjoy writing him.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the day and the mood. But I don’t have the luxury of wasting writing time. Even if I’m exhausted I have to push through and get it done.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
As much as I love them…it’s my children. They suck up my writing moments like little time leeches.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Honestly, I never think about readers when I’m writing. I write for me. If readers like it then all the better.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m currently collaborating with C.T Phipps on a YA sci-fi story. We have very different writing styles and processes, so trying to create a seamless story with him has expanded my comfort zone as a writer.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Nobody ever asks me what my favorite dinosaur is. I don’t know why. It’s a spinosaurus, by the way.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My website is frankthewriter.com. My Twitter/Instagram handle is @frankthewriter or you can like my author page at facebook.com/frankmartinwriter.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️