Interview with Marty Heins

How do you approach cover design?
I'm lucky enough to have a daughter that is a freelance illustrator and a fan of my books. I go to her and we talk about what we can do. I'm even talking to her about doing a manga of the Ruby Lords.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't narrow it down to five BUT there are books that are important to me; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - just awesome, Dragonflight - first adult book I read, Shogun - made me think about history, Brighty of the Grand Canyon - first book to leave me in tears and Lad a Dog
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything except Gothic horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
Its a couch with hot tea on the table beside it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I lived a little bit of everywhere are a child. My dad was a rad tech an we moved from nuke plant to nuke plant for outages. My best friends were my books and my dog. I know what its like to always be a stranger.
When did you first start writing?
I was reading at four years of age and it wasn't long after I started telling myself stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got tired of trying to find an agent.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to play in my dream world.
What are you working on next?
Getting the dozen other novels I have already written into Smashwords. There is a wicked incubus begging for attention too.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, Robert Heinlein, FM Busby, Rob Thurman, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton... I could go on for days.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I have come close to dying a few times in my life so I value each extra moment I get to have with my husband and children.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I help train dogs for Operation Wolfhound. Operation Wolfhound provides free psychiatric service dogs to veterans.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Relentless searches for something new and interesting.
Do you remember the first novel you ever wrote?
Yep, it was a fan fiction called Dark Brethren. It is still available on certain boards along with the four other novels in the same world. I think of those fan boards like a class in writing. It was great to write and get immediate feedback from fans and authors. It really helped me hone my craft.
What is your writing process?
I set up characters in my mind and let them out to play.
Published 2014-08-11.
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Books by This Author

The Shattered Stair
Series: The Ruby Lords, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,110. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Do you believe in magic? Vacationing grad student Rowan certainly doesn't, right up until the moment a warrior in dragon skin armor pulled her into another world. Jalhar soon becomes her guide in a world of fantasy and horrors. Surrounded by heroes and monsters, Rowan finds the true home she'd never known. If only Jalhar would have the courage to see they could be far more than friends.