Interview with Rod Martin

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
It's round on the ends and high in the middle: Ohio. I'm influenced by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Carl Hiaasen, and Tom Robbins. Because I also write plays, songs and poetry, it feels natural to me to combine them in my novels.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, my English teacher, Ms. Whatsername, said I wrote a great journal (poems) and that she enjoyed reading it. That's all the encouragement I needed: there was no stopping me since then. The progression was as follows: poetry lead to song writing, acting and improvisation to play writing, combining the two lead to several musicals for my students and retirement gave me time to write books about Improv Theatre, Poetry writing, and two novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A failed rapper/ cyber geek, recently divorced (set free), living with his parents in his basement Man Cave, moonlights as a private detective. Given the ultimatum to seek help or move out, Joe Freedom (our hero) begins seeing a therapist, Ms. Vanna Fox (who lives up to her name) and over several sessions, they fall in love. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Joe takes on a case to locate a professor's daughter, a college art major who has gone missing (and doesn't want to be found). The writing jumps from play to prose and poetry with a humorous tone and lustful overtones.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That's the freedom and opportunity the internet provides. Power to the people. Prose for the people. Play writing, poetry and prose, so it goes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's fun for me. You just begin and let the writing take you to places you didn't know you'd go. There are often surprises. Sometimes you get lucky.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Kurt Vonnegut Jr's "Cats Cradle." Now here was an author who did things differently and I like 'different.' That's why the love scenes in "HD" contain no specifics but lots of implied fun.
What are you working on next?
Perhaps Joe Freedom and Vanna Fox will be given a new case, one where they are being 'investigated' while trying to solve a mystery. Love will blossom, deepen, and get funnier.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Memory fails me. Guess my brain is full. I read recently that short term memory can lead to marijuana loss.
What is your writing process?
I like to write in the early morning hours when it's quiet. I need to hear how the words sound in my head. I usually have a scene in mind but don't follow an outline or notes. I prefer to let it flow and see where it takes me. I am often surprised, though I am easily surprised.
Describe your desk
My desk holds our computer which is a Godsend when it comes to writing. I would kiss the person who developed the word processor (as long as it's a woman and she's 'hot'). Out the window are tropical plants and towering mountains. My ice water is ever present to my right. To my left is a table stacked with books, writing projects and a mad hatters hat. The fan is on. Life is good.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We shall see, won't we?
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the sugar in my coffee. Sweet. Royalties would be the cream.
What was your first novel about?
"Jesse, Son of God" has a fictionalized framework where the Devil bets God if He had another son, and didn't tell him he was the son of God, that he couldn't find God with a map. The rest is based on true life experiences and the times I was close to God or easily distracted by sex, drugs and music.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A sincere desire to keep on breathing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach poetry in prison settings, help care for the grand-kids, and fight back the jungle here at our country estate tucked away in the Hawaiian rain forest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Any one I hope to possess someday, paid for by my book royalties.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Giving them away. Sorry you have to pay, now.
Are you ready to be a famous author?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'll let you know.
How do you approach cover design?
Art. Long live art.
Are you married?
Why do you ask?
Are you a liberal or a coonservative?
I want peace on earth, to live in harmony with nature, and to love all mankind or woman kind, but not just any kind. You figure it out.
Did you write your own questions for this?
How can you tell?
Why to you write comedy?
Like a mushroom, I'm a fungi (fun guy).
Published 2014-10-01.
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Books by This Author

HD: Huckleberry Dick
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 27,480. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
HD, a love story detective novel by Rod Martin. Joe Freedom takes the case of a missing coed and with help from his shrink-turned-lover risks life and limb to locate a woman who doesn't want to be found. Combining Theatre, comedy, poetry and prose, HD keeps you guessing and turning those 108 pages.