Interview with A.J. Martinez

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. The first story I ever wrote was actually a thriller/horror. It was a good story or so my friends told me but I was dissatisfied. However I found love in writing fantasy and I made a final decision that I wanted to be a king in the genre.
What is your writing process?
I always start with the characters. The invention of the character is the best part. The comes the setting. After I have the world all together then I think of the story and where I want to take the characters. I think about the plot and the conflict between characters and what is going to drive them and what motivates them. I think of how the characters are going to meet and how their first encounter should have an impact on the reader.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I always read books when I was young. However the big inspiration came when I read Harry Potter. JK Rowling had such a great influence on me. I believe it was because I could relate to Harry Potter. His life was similar to mines. When I read Harry Potter that is when I really began to love fantasy and started writing stories and drawing characters.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books would have to be The Giver, Song of Dragons by Daniel Arenson, Dance of Cloaks, The Hobbit and that is it. I am really picky with books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The amazon kindle. The best of the best.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter. It is a great social website to reach people of the same interest and thank god for tags. I have been able to speak to and interview many authors who have give me great advice
Describe your desk
My HP laptop with two woofers. A printer and top is my amazon kindle. At the bottom shelf of my desk I have the drawings of my character designs (Yes I actually draw my characters). Last but not least a comfortable chair
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I actually came from a under develop country in the Caribbean. My father brought me to America when I was ten years old. I dont like to talk about it much but growing it was difficult. My father passed away when I was 11. I experienced a lot of loneliness and found bliss in reading books and playing RPG games. The thought of other worlds fascinated me. I started drawing mainly anime style and writing stories for my characters. I was so different than the other kids and I was not the stereo typical male of my race. I really did felt like I was from another world. Like my family kidnapped me and raised me.
When did you first start writing?
I actually started writing stories in the seventh grade. I was also drawing. I was into Japanese manga, watched a lot of anime and read many novels. But I seriously started brainstorming stories in the seventh grade. I never wrote a whole novel. But I would write short stories. Then in 2012 I decided to get serious about this
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never bothered trying to submit my manuscript to big name publishing houses. I was always a control freak when it came to "my artwork." I never wanted anyone to have the rights to my work. I wanted full ownership of my work. I was also studying business in college and thought about writing some self help books and sell it online as a PDF. Then I heard of Amanda Hocking and her success as a self published author. That is when I saw a window of opportunity to publish my books and live my dream of creating fantasy worlds.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The simple act of creating. Especially when I think of a character. Once I start writing and give life to the character and his/her personality it fills me with joy. It is like Mickey Mouse in that animated film " the sorcerers apprentice" When Mickey starts to give life to the broom
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When ever I wake up with a new story idea I am eager to finish my current novel and start the new one. It is not a good way to go about writing but it sure pumps me up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching anime, movies, reading books from other authors. I also like to go to conventions with my friends.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Sin Of Mages
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,840. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Akielas had traveled the world of Odealeous searching for the apprentices that betrayed him. When he finally found them and learned of their malice plot, he was filled with remorse and blamed himself for all they had done. His apprentices named themselves the Specters and they were on the hunt for all four remnants of the dragons.
The Ungifted Elf
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Eckxio, an exiled elf, journeys to a mountain in hopes of gaining an ability that all elves are born with. Since his childhood, Eckxio was unable to cast magic and relies on his magic sword and shield to survive.
Fall Of A Demigod
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,110. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
For the last 50 years Caim has been living the life of a demigod. He has been living with the evolved elves known as the Effeelions in a city floating in the sky. The demigod vowed the Effeelions that he would help them in their quest to find the realm of Cosmus.