Interview with Adam Martin

Describe your desk
Neat and orderly. I know where everything is as I've arranged it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in California, born in Santa Monica, first lived in Encino, grammar school in Pacific Palisades, junior high and high school in Los Gatos, entered theatre at Orange Coast College, graduated from CSULB with a B.S. in Radio TV and Film. My dad took me to see 2001 a Space Odyssey when I was a kid in Santa Monica and it blew my mind. I remember the first Star Wars, the first Alien, the first Planet of the Apes, Logan's Run, all the great 70's sci-fi stuff. I also loved all the disaster/adventure movies, Jaws, The Towering Inferno, among others. When I got into college I enjoyed writing satirical Saturday Night Live type skits, and was really into David Mamet's dialogue during his Glengarry Glen Ross period. I was also influenced by the black and white noir films of Humphrey Bogart, among others.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for the stage in my early twenties at Orange Coast College, driven by the boredom of a mundane existence, had no idea what I was doing, and began reading books on structure, using what I liked, and doing what I liked, at the same time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As a fan and student of existentialism, I wanted to create my own world of fictionalized philosophy in order to explore what reality and perception is made of.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to wait around for anyone's permission to do what i wanted. I did the same thing in theatre and have no regrets. I wrote and directed my own shows, cast myself in parts, and explored everything that I wanted to.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows even more access to my freedom of expression.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing a story that is as lean and as interesting as I can possibly make it. I've already gone through my pages-of-filler period, having read too many other scripts of my own and others, that are just typing and not writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
They let me know if I'm not making any sense. If I'm not, then the challenge is to fix or clarify what it is I am trying to convey with words and ideas.
What are you working on next?
Something to do with video games.
Who are your favorite authors?
Albert Camus, Hermann Hesse, Philip K. Dick, Robert Solomon, among others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A compulsion to move on to the next projects and start gathering data.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, reading non-fiction in order to get ideas for fiction, playing guitar, painting.
Published 2018-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Xenoman
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until June 15!) Words: 114,890. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Xeno yearns to have access to The Nth Dimension like The White Boys, famed telepaths who suffered brain damage when they made contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. He earns an entry level position as an agent for secret service organization Intellegella, where he acquires the black box, a device that allows his pineal gland access to synthetic sensory perception with the turn of a dial