Interview with Lin Martin

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing might perhaps be a "gift" of mine. I say that not because I feel I'm particularly good at it, but because it is something that has sort of come to me, especially over the past seven years as I have played with the ideas in the Bornlord Saga. I call it a "gift" because first, it defines me; I like to write. Second, there is little real effort to it. I set the idea and the words burrow around in my head until they feel right and finally spill out. Then I correct them until they feel even more right. Words and paragraphs develop a flow in my mind, with a certain rhythm and pace. My more recent writing reflects much more of this flow than did my earlier works. As I reread the Bornlord books, which were not written in their published order, I can clearly see where stilted ideas and language grew into something worth sharing. That gives me great joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
I see readers as friends, each with their own interests and yet all sharing the common things that mean we're human. We all want to be stimulated, entertained, made to think, to laugh, maybe to cry - just each of us in different quantities. Can one book answer all of that? No, but an author can try.
What are you working on next?
Book 3 in the Bornlord Saga leaves several critical issues still up in the air. I've already strung together some chapters for book 4 that use characters introduced in the earlier volumes. I suppose the continuation of this series will largely depend on any interest shown in the books already out there. Since I am writing in sort of an unusual genre, fantasy adventure with a new age rather than a paranormal twist, I am curious to see how readers will like it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I actually read far more nonfiction than I do fiction. In particular, I like scientific/metaphysical material by authors such as Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart, and Dean Raidin. Popular books on earth science and meteorology also fascinate me; I am currently ready a book on the San Andreas fault entitled "Earthquake Storms" by James Dvorak. As a kid, I chewed through all the classical science fiction in the library, but since then my fiction tastes have gone to milder fare. I love a good romance, if it has a story behind it. I find most Carla Kelly books delightful.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Responsibility. Nothing takes care of itself, and usually only when I get done what needs to be done, do I get to do what I want to.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I love the free book websites such as BookBub and Ereader News Today. I've been on a budget for quite some time, and having access to free or very low cost books is definitely great. Some of the books offered are pretty awful, but some are excellent, and you can't always tell the difference just by reading the blurbs. Sometimes it's just fun to get on Amazon and troll through the reams of books available on any topic. It's better than going to a book store because there's so much more to see!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first writing probably emerged in the Neolithic when I was in grade school. I'm certain I was penning the typical "My Summer Vacation" stories along with my classmates as soon as we could print our names, but my actual first "story" was a poem I wrote and gave to my second grade teacher entitled "Pussy Willow." I had brought her some stems from the bushes next to the bus stop, and she told me (for whatever reason) to write a poem about them if I brought any more. So I did. She actually liked my two-stanza masterpiece so much that she sent it to a childrens' magazine where it was published. I didn't get a lot of ra-ra type praise in my life, so her encouragement meant a lot to me and formed a high spot in my childhood.
What is your writing process?
I write in blocks, quite heavily for months, several hours per day, and then not at all for months and months after that as other things eat my time. Despite this on and off again regime, I can usually step right back into where I stopped and pick things up again quickly enough. I am led by ideas, so my books write themselves in fits and starts that are often disordered, meaning the end of the book might get done first. Heck, I often end up with two parts with no middle! I'm thorough, though, and if there is any tedium to the writing process it might be found in writing decent material to connect the stuff that was inspired.
How do you approach cover design?
I know what I would like and I know what it would cost. The two don't mix, or at least not right now, but there are quite reasonably priced covers available now at several online sites. I particularly like SelfPubBookCovers for their large selection and ease of use.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. I got it years ago, it's in black and white, it does no justice to maps or pictures, but it reads just fine. And sure, I'd like a new one!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't a clue. I'm too new at this. Frankly, marketing is the one aspect of self-publishing that terrifies me to death. It's likely why I've waited this long to do anything. I have read several books outlining some ideas that I just might be able to screw up enough courage to actually try. Eventually.
Published 2015-02-09.
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Books by This Author

Return to Tibernia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,950. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Prince Aleel's return journey from Aldar to the Kingdom is interrupted by Nomer attack. Aleel flees across the river into snake-infested marshes. Getting through the wetlands requires a unique answer, but what answers will help Aleel when he is arrested for accusing General Black of being a traitor? Aid comes from new friends and old, and from some pretty unexpected sources.
Series: The Bornlord Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 164,380. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Aldaran sword fighters sent to the Kingdom are drawn into helping the poor Dockside dwellers around them, only to find that fighting gang lords and giving a home to stray children are enough to draw the ire of the rulers. In this land of bornlords, where people inherit power and position rather than earning it, will the skills and self-confidence of the armsors be enough to let them succeed?
Braving the Wall
Series: The Bornlord Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,180. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A force of inexperienced armsors is given the task of guarding a critical station through Aldar's Winter. Despite the drain of their constant sword battles with the monstrous poldarks, their worst fights at times are with themselves, in their need to survive the tight barracks and bitter cold. The armsors shoulder on, using humor, grief, insane bravery and sheer determination.
Loss: Prequel to the Bornlord Saga
Series: The Bornlord Saga. Price: Free! Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Loss sets the action-filled Bornlord Saga in motion. An expedition returning to Aldar across the desolate grasslands meets a stranger who, unknown to the party, is fleeing the very people Aldar relies on for trade. His presence brings unexpected hardship, and the fighting abilities of the party members are tested beyond measure. Will they make it back to Aldar? What about Aldar's future?