Debra L. Martin
Q: How did you come up with your story?
I write with a co-author, David W Small, and we both love to read science fiction and fantasy and often swap books. During a particularly dry spell with no new authors catching our attention, we thought that we should take a shot at writing a story that we would love to read. One full of action, adventure, intrigue, betrayal and of course assassinations and the result is the books in the “Rule of Otharia” series. We added our own twist by adding PSI [psychic] abilities for the Otharians. These abilities are fueled by crystals aka diamonds.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve read so many great writers in many different genres. I’ve always had the desire to write down the stories floating around in my head and when my coauthor came on board, it was the perfect opportunity to get serious and write.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
A fashion designer. I love the interplay of colors and fabrics. I used to design heirloom children’s clothing–hand smocked dresses, french hand sewing–and I enjoyed it immensely.
Q: Favorite genres to read?
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir, Paranormal, Sci Fi/Fantasy
Q: What are your pet peeves?
I get angry when the media spends so much time on ridiculous celebrity antics when there are so many more worthwhile stories to report on. They should spend more time highlighting some of the awesome teachers who are educating our youth, people who advocate for the humane treatment of animals and the soldiers who bravely go off to war just to name a few. There are everyday heroes all around us. Let’s focus on them.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I have a craft business selling decorated light boxes. Between writing and making the boxes, I can let loose a double dose of my artistic flair.
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
We also have a DARK FUTURE series about survival in a post-apocalyptic world. So far, two novellas in that series have been written and we have plans to write more.
I blog about writing, epublishing, and offer author interviews at Two Ends of the Pen http://twoendsofthepen.blogspot.com/