Job Title: Author
Best book I’ve read so far this year: I wish I had time to read more but I don’t. I just read Istanbul by Colin Falconer. It was good and I will read more of his books. Before that I read The Fear Index by Robert Harris. It was good too, I enjoyed it. Neither rocked me but I have a few on my “to be read” list that I’m looking forward to, so maybe my best book of the year is still out there.
I will read any book by: John LeCarre. I’m picking up A Delicate Truth from the library tomorrow and can’t wait to start reading it. When I read his books I forget that I’m reading. I’m not sure what my head thinks it’s doing but I get lost in his work and it totally does not feel like I’m reading.
A book I know I should read, but haven’t: Night Train to Lisbon, by Pascal Mercier. Started it, had it on my bedside table for months, even recommended it to friends after I started reading it, but something keeps me from finishing it. This fall I’ll try again. Maybe.
A guilty pleasure favourite: I read Claire Calman’s Lessons for a Sunday Father years ago and really enjoyed it. Since then I’ve read her other books too, and they’re more chic-lit/romance. None are as strong as the Sunday Father book but I look at them as research.
I’ve been invited to participate in an anthology with a group of bestselling romance authors in a book that we’re releasing next year. We’re each contributing a story and there’s an overall theme. I can’t say much more about it but it’s a really cool idea and I’m having lots of fun with it. Plus, I’m working on a Christmas romance right now that I should have out by December. So, I think back on Claire’s books as research, just research : )
The book I push on all my friends because it is soooooooo good: There’s a few of them. I often recommend Life of Pi, and The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. And, there’s a book I found a year or so ago and I keep recommending it. It’s called The London Blitz Diaries and it’s by Victoria Aldridge Washuk. Victoria found her great-grandmother’s diaries and published them. Her grandmother lived in London during the bombings of World War Two. So, it’s a daily account of what her life was like. The really interesting thing is her great-grandmother was an excellent writer. It’s really interesting and of course you know that all the events did indeed happen. Oh, and Claire Carver Diaz is a Canadian Olympic gold-medalist who wrote The Games. I’ve been recommending that one too. Okay, I’ll stop now.
The plot of my first piece of writing: I think it was written first person and was the story of a secret agent type person. I’m sure it was probably a James Bond rip-off. It was a long time ago but I don’t think any copyrights were violated. Fortunately, Ian Fleming never read it, so I think I’m in the clear.
Why I write: I read Deepak Chopra’s, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success a few years ago and the book encourages you to find your dharma. When I’m writing I’m there. I’m lost, without any idea of time. I’m not necessarily living within the pages of my plot (although sometimes I do), but I’m certainly not here. So, it’s a totally selfish drive that I have to find that place and stay there as long as I can. Oh, and I do enjoy having people read my work, too. There is that of course.
Where you can find me: I’m all over the place. This is me with my books.
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*Martin will be at NVCL reading from his books and discussing self publishing this Wednesday evening at 7pm. For details, visit here.