This week’s blog interview is with the lovely Martine Lewis as she talks about her new book and her writing experience. Submit your own interview here.
Author Name: Martine Lewis
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/martinelewisauthor
Twitter Handle: @authorMartine
Title of Novel: Crossing the Barrier
Q1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? AND WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU CAN REMEMBER WRITING?
I wrote my first band fiction when I was eleven years old. It was 200 hand written pages long. It was inspired by Duran Duran. At the time, I couldn’t write description but I could write dialogue so it read mostly like a script.
Of all my written endeavor, it’s the only one I no longer have.
Q2. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?
Writing has always been a hobby for me. It’s something I would do when I got inspired by something. For years, I wrote band-fictions and fan-fictions. I only wrote one original when I was in high school. My sister kept on asking me why I wouldn’t write my own stuff and I kept on telling her I was too lazy to create my own universe.
That changed when I watch Roswell on Netflix. It was 2012. I began creating my own world and now, I’m writing originals in it, things I can own and publish. I enjoy it immensely and I am not ready to stop yet.
Q3. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE WRITING THIS BOOK?
While I was writing Crossing the Barrier, I was attending a lot of high school football games (the major inspiration there), looking at the band, the cheerleaders, the football players, the parents in the stands, attending band competition, you name it, I was looking at it all, attending it all and soaking it all up. My friends, who’s son was in the marching band, found it funny that I knew more parents then they did. But seeing what was going on, learning from it, allowed me to write Crossing the Barrier. I had such a great time doing it.
My main character Malakai talks to me all the time and right now, as I’m trying to write the other stories, he tends to bother me. He is a little self-centered in the sense he wants me to write about him. He’ll get his chance… I’m not done with him yet.
Q4. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO WRITE?
30 days. I wrote it during NaNoWriMo 2014. In 30 days, I had 92,000 words. Now, revising on the other hand, that took a lot longer.
Q5. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE WHERE YOU GO TO WRITE?
I write anywhere!
I love the atmosphere of write-ins a lot so during Nano, I’m all over Houston.
On off-nano season, I got to as much write-ins as I can but it’s harder. There are not as many and a lot are during the weekdays, when I usually am at my day job (yep, everybody needs to earn money to pay for their hobby!)
Q6. WHEN YOU BEGIN WRITING, DID YOU EVER THINK YOU’D GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
At eleven, I thought I was all that.
Then reality set in.
As I grew older, I always thought I would stay in the fan-fiction realm. I never thought I would publish a book. But look at me now! Took me 30 some years but now, I’m there.
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us Martine. It’s been great getting to know more about you.
You can buy a copy of Martine’s book here.