Interview with Clifton Martin

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh god no. That would have been in school. For book reports back then they let you pick a book from the library and a small town schools library didn't have much to choose from so I would pick the oldest and stupidest titles I could find, read the blur and make the rest up. Worked good for a couple of years until I picked an obscure book called Wuthering Heights.
What is your writing process?
I usually just free flow, something pops in my head and I start writing until I am tired.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Shane. Was my favorite until Shogun.
How do you approach cover design?
That can be hard. I try to pick something that represents the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Shane. Made me love to read westerns.
Shogun. It was just that good.
Cojo. The ending made me Stephen Kings biggest fan. I have all his books even the ones I didn't care for.
The Talisman. The best book I had read in a long time.
To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the few drama type books I liked.
Have to mention Stephen Kings The gunfighter series for best series ever.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly horror.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Surface and my HTC
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my first venture so I can't answer that.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, that's why you find me on my laptop most the time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rural town and I don't know if it did. When I was about ten or eleven my father took us to the drive-in to see She Devils on wheels and Blood feast. Everyone closed their eyes and complained but I loved them both. I guess that's why I like motorcycles and Horror, but I have always had an over active imagination. I am always thinking of two or three things at once and it's usually make believe.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To get things out of my head and watch as it unfolds into a story on the paper or computer.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Riding my Harley or spending time with my wife.
Published 2014-11-14.
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Books by This Author

David and Miya's Ato Zoo Room
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
An ABC Book where a bother and sister use their toys and pets to create an A to Z Zoo in their playroom.
A New Beginning
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
An abandoned little girl already caring for her little brother saves a sick old man from tormentors as she cares for him he tells then a story from the days of yore and Carol finds herself transported into the old mans story and discovers her past lives.
Evil Watching
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 108,630. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
A horror story set in the small Maryland town of Elkton about an evil that has been sleeping for decades, awakening only long enough to feed upon the innocent and look through the eyes of his many followers to search for the key to his final awakening. Now thanks to the arrival of Joe Santos, the most notorious mass murderer in Maryland's history, the key has finally arrived.