Thank you, Angel, for agreeing to be on the blog!
Me: You’re here promoting Shax’s War. Can you tell us a little bit about it? Is it part of the Brimstone series?
Angel Martinez (AM): Hi all and thanks for having me! Er, inviting me. You know what I meant. Yes, Shax’s War is the third installment in the Brimstone series. Poor Shax, the Demon Prince of Thieves, has been having a rough time lately. Things like having his heart sliced into and having to deal with the Frogs of Doom are hard on a demon. He’s taken the boys on vacation to the exclusive resort planet of Opal. Just a nice, relaxing time where nothing can possibly go wrong. (cue the evil, ominous music…)
Me: First things first, because it’s all about me, I LOVED Prisoner 374215 and am wondering if you’ve ever considered expanding on it? Maybe a prequel? I’ll throw in some begging. Just kidding. <—not really
AM: Thank you for the kind words A couple of things about Prisoner…it actually is a prequel in it’s own right. For anyone who’s read any of my other ESTO stories (Gravitational Attraction, Sub Zero and so on) you may recall hints of a terrible war fought by the Eridai Sector Alliance and its allies that resulted in the current universe of those novels. Prisoner is a story of the early days, of the Eridani Sector’s fight for freedom, just a hint of what came before. The other thing that I need to point out is that writing Prisoner for me was exhausting. It took me to a terribly dark place that I don’t like to visit often. Will there be more for Tal and Marcus someday? Perhaps. Though my sequel promises keep growing and I think I may need to clone myself soon…*chastened* *cheeks pinken*
Me: Ok, moving on, sort of Prisoner 374215 was part of the LHNB event which I noticed you’ve signed up for another prompt this year. What are some of your thoughts and/or experiences with this event?
AM: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it – it’s a nerve-wracking, nail-biting sort of exercise, writing to spec for someone else, but it forces the writer outside of his or her normal comfort zone. Or it should. If you pick a prompt that’s just exactly what you were going to write next, it’s less of a challenge but not the opportunity for growth that it should be. Everyone’s been very helpful and patient with me as an author and though stories always get some mixed reactions, I do think most people try to keep the criticism constructive (at least they have for me )
Me: It seems, correct me if I’m wrong, that you favor paranormal and science fiction over contemporary. Can you talk a little about why that is?
AM: What is this contemporary of which you speak? Partly, I suppose, I’m a bit of a masochist. I know perfectly well that contemporary sells better. I grew up reading Science Fiction and Fantasy (and, no, they’re not the same thing) and that’s what I enjoy. I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, myself and don’t have a lot of interest in it. There are exceptions, few and far between, but most of what I enjoy is SFF. The freedom, the infinite universe of possibilities, the ability to play minor godling as you create your own universe out of dreams, nightmares and moonlight—these are heady things, addictive things that I won’t give up. So there.
Me: Speaking of paranormal… if you could be any paranormal being you wanted which would it be and why?
AM: The word “paranormal” is difficult for me. When I was young, this meant ghosts and other supernatural beings that could, conceivably, exist in our reality. Now it seems to encompass any alternate reality creature from elves to unicorns to boggles. So if we use that larger definition, I would be a dragon. Come on, who wouldn’t want to be a dragon? Not the beastly, mindless kind, but the intelligent sort. A being of immense magic and power who just wants to be left to her own devices and who can fly? Yeah. I could do that.
YYYYAAAASSSSSS!!!! DRAGONS RULE!
Me: The topic of promotion and staying ‘front and center’ seems to be a topic of discussion lately. I’m wondering if you feel pressure to produce, produce, produce, promote, promote, promote? If so, how do you cope? Reality TV? Cupcakes? Vodka?
Oh, sorry. You probably wanted more than that. Heck, yes, there’s terrible pressure to produce. Part of that’s external, from fans the authors doesn’t want to disappoint who would like the next books to publishers who want to keep the momentum going. It’s a tough world, publishing, because the pond is teeming with fish and it’s tough to distinguish yourself from all the other swimmy things. But a lot of the pressure is internal. While I lack huge ambitions (NY Times Bestseller? Ha!) I would still like to make a living, a decent living, from my writing. We all want validation. That’s only human. For a writer, a large part of that validation is being able to say to our family, our friends, the world, “Yeah, I write and I get paid for it and I’m doing well, thanks for asking.”
Me: Many are gearing up for this year’s GRL. Will you be attending? Have you been before and if so, what’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you? And funny/weird/odd/hysterical fan or other author interactions?
AM: I’m pleased to say that I will be attending this year again as an author (woohoo!) This will be my third GRL, my first was in Albuquerque and then last year in Atlanta.
Probably the oddest thing to happen to me (well, there have been many fun and strange things, but this sticks with me) was in ABQ. I got on the elevator to go down to the lobby and one other person got on with me. I knew he was attending the convention and I was pretty sure he was an author. (I’m so bad with facial recognition that it takes me a good few sightings before I’m dead certain who you are.) We kinda did the awkward smile and “hi” thing. Then he turns to me and says, “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but you have the most beautiful eyes.” I have adored Edmond Manning ever since and let me tell you, I will never forget who he is again.
For other interactions…poor Amy Lane. I think she needs to wear a raincoat to conventions. There’s a lot of tongue-tied-ness when meeting her, sure, but the most common reaction is:
- Glance at badge
- “Oh my God! You’re Amy Lane?”
- Glomp hug
- Hysterical sobbing while Amy returns hug
- I’m not at all embarrassed to say that this includes me
Me: Is there anything you want readers to know about you?
AM: I’m the best writer in the universe and they should buy all my books? Several times? Seriously, I do what I do because I need to and if I can share it with the world and bring someone joy or give the reader something to think about, it’s a huge bonus. If you meet me in person—I’ll be at Rainbow Con in April and GRL in October—please remember that I’m just a shy little person who occasionally says funny things. If I look “intense” it’s because I’m having a bad eye moment and I’m trying to see who you are. If I rush past with a frown, it’s because I’m so used to living in an insular, internal world. Please stop me. Say hello. I don’t bite. Too often.
Me: LOL! What do you have in the works for 2014/15?
AM: Let’s see…2014 will see the re-release of all the Endangered Fae books (Finn, Diego, Semper Fae) followed closely by the brand new addition to the series, No Fae Is An Island. I’m also planning on getting the sequel to Rarely Pure and Never Simple out there and we’ll probably see a couple of more visits to the world of Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses. Time permitting, I may even have time for another Brimstone story.
Me: Where can readers find you on the internet?
AM: My website is the best way to see what I’m working on and where all my work lives:
Angel Martinez: http://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/
You can also find me on several social places on the intertubes:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Angel.Martinez.author
About the Author
Angel Martinez currently lives part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head. She has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
Angel’s alter ego writes the all-ages science fiction – Sandra Stixrude.
Ms. Martinez has graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of Shax’s War to a lucky responder. All you have to do is comment by April 2nd to be entered to win!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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