Interview with Clarence Martin

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being an author has always been somewhat of a passion of mine because my background and how I was raised. I was often scolded for reading by the hallway night-light in the dead of night when I was a child. I was fascinated with how these people could mold stories from what was once a lone idea in the back of their head. As I grew up, I began to realize that the only thing stopping me from doing something I had always wanted to do deep down, was the simple fact that I hadn't tried. I did try, and here I am today.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing three years ago unprofessionally. Slowly but surely, I began to build up confidence, but at that point it was more about getting all the ideas I had jammed in my head out onto paper and then onto a screen. Those drafts are still locked away on my hard drive funny enough; I like to look at them every so often to remind myself where I started from.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's definitely a tie between the visualization of a scene being put into physical words, and the joy I get when a scene is written just right. The addicting thing about writing, whether it is a well-crafted sentence, a paragraph, or a whole chapter, is that it only takes the right combination of words to get me fired up to continue writing for another five minutes. The exhilaration I get from re-reading a chapter over breakfast is something that I will never tire of. I think it's important that no author should ever tire of re-reading a good aspect of their own work; that's half the fun, after all.
Who are your favorite authors?
As of right now, I look up to a man by the name of Jonathan Moeller. I haven't gotten the chance to read some of his other series, but what I can attest to is that his "Frostborn", "Sevenfold Sword", and "Demonsouled" series are top-notch. Easily some of the best military fantasy I have read in a long time. The sheer amount of dedication that it must have taken to publish book after book and steadily build his series is something I hope to replicate for time to come.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Any little bit of support, whether it's one person saying the idea of writing a book is cool, to another genuinely wanting to read even a snippet of the novel, is what pushes me to keep writing. Yes, part of the experience is for me, but without knowing that there is at least one person that enjoys what I write, I would've given up long ago.
What are you working on next?
As of the 19th of November, I'm in the writing phase of "Simuverse Origins: The Black Sun", having completed the outline the week prior. This next one will explore the darker sides of the Simuverse, so readers, be prepared for some murkier tones.
Published 2019-11-18.
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