Interview with R V Martin

How do you approach cover design?
I've always had the photo concept in my head, and just used a free online photo edit scheme to help complete the look.
What are your five favorite fiction books?
That's a hard one! I mainly go for bios and autobios but well written fiction is always great. 'Crazy in Alabama' by Mark Childress is right up there. 'Rosemary's Baby'. 'White Oleander'. 'Personal Velocity'. 'Misery'.
What was the last book you read?
'Pop' by Kitty Aldridge. Heavy with metaphor, almost to the point of being overdone, but it's exquisite metaphor. A great read.
Which author do you feel your own writing style most closely reflects?
Ira Levin. He manages not to sacrifice any impact with the simplicity of his lines. This is what I've always strived toward.
What is your dream job?
To continue writing, of course... but I would love someday to be a screenwriter.
Name some of the favorite books from your childhood memories?
Enid Blyton everything, Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ingalls-Wilder's series... to name a few!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Our family moved a lot around the north island of NZ. My parents homeschooled myself and my two sisters for ten years in a strictly religious program which excluded, among many other things, the ownership of a television. While this wasn't always great, we did learn how to rely on our imaginations for fun! I began writing at the age of nine and haven't stopped since.
Do you currently have any other stories in the pipeline?
Yes, I have one half-completed novel on the go and another one newly formed...
Do you liken yourself at all to any of the characters in your novels?
Funnily enough, I feel like I have - at some time or other in my life - been each and every character in The Other Side. From devoutly religious, to un-learning and re-learning my personal faith and looking more closely at other religions to see where my point of view fitted, to saying 'to hell with it all'. It's been quite a journey, and continues to be...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My true love of words and my growing disappointment at the general lack of quality or substance in mainstream media.
Who originally inspired your writing?
The first day that I played the album 'Blue' by Joni Mitchell, her lyrics and music inspired me into writing poetry and, later, into learning how to simplify emotions in my story writing. I learned that less is more, and that less can be truly powerful.
What do you hope is the overall impression left with people after they read your novel?
Above all, I hope that my book (in some small way) encourages people toward tackling the bigger questions in life which are so central to every human being, and which Western society seems hell-bent on encouraging us to ignore in lieu of looks, success, fame etc. And I hope that people come to realize by books-end that each character is not simply a label (Atheist, Witch, Christian) but a living, breathing person who ultimately has to figure out the world on their own, as we all do in real life.
Published 2013-10-11.
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Books by This Author

The Other Side (Literary Fiction)
Price: Free! Words: 94,360. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
When 28 year old ex-Christian, Lily Hicks, hears an evangelist preaching on the streets of Los Angeles, she forces herself to readdress the one question that haunts her past after the traumatic loss of a friend: can God truly - and only - be good?