Gregory Wayne Martin

Biography

I've been heavily involved in the arts, in one form or another, since I was a child. I worked in theater and music for many years until epilepsy and poor market made both next to impossible. That's when I devoted all of my creative time to writing

My first two novels, Common Knowledge and its sequel Macy's Day can be found here on Smashwords. They are the first of four books which I affectionately call the Alexandria series. I have also published a short story on this site entitled Dirty Soapie which is free. Currently, I am editing another novel which is unrelated to the Alexandria series and finishing a play which is tentatively scheduled to be produced in the next few months.

I have never tried to write "the great American novel". I've only intended to entertain people. I refer to my books as "on" books. They're ideal for reading on the beach, on a plane, on the toilet... Be prepared though, the characters are often quite foul mouthed and have many bad habits, even if they are inherently good people.

That's it for now, I hope you enjoy what you read.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (because the language and descriptions are so colorful), The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (just because it's so damn funny), Cruel Shoes (because it's so absurd), The Harry Potter books (because I learned so much about punctuation, grammar and sentence structure from them) and Breakfast of Champions (if for no other reason than the fact that Vonnegutt drew an asshole in it).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Birmingham, AL./Montevallo, AL. Living there taught me that there are good, intelligent, cultured people everywhere and that you can't, pardon the phrase, judge a book by it's cover.
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Books

Macy's Day
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,080. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The sequal to Common Knowledge brings more boozing, more sex, more insanity, more humor, more tragedy and something sinister.
Dirty Soapie: The Superhuman Lies of Soapie Shumacher
Price: Free! Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Look out. The aliens are coming…and they're positively wacky.
Common Knowledge
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 71,330. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
A student anthropologist travels from the security of her quiet life in Indiana to the weird and debauched town of Alexandria, Alabama heavily colored by alcohol, sex, insanity and elements of the comically supernatural.

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Smashwords book reviews by Gregory Wayne Martin

  • Did Hamster Can Be Lonely? - An Introduction to Science on Nov. 01, 2014

    As a Smashwords author myself I occasionally cruise the site in a fit of boredom or an attempt to avoid working on my latest piece. As a slightly absurdest and thoroughly crass writer I had to stop when I saw an author who dubbed himself Fisthand McManlythrob. I decided to look over his free story first, just in case it was crap. I wasn't disappointed. I literally laughed until I hurt. Granted that may have been partially due to a broken rib--the result of having a runaway power jack slam me into a freezer door, but I laughed hysterically none-the-less. This piece is almost on par with Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes and Mr. McManlythrob is the first and only author that I've favorited. Yes, the piece is juvenile. Yes, it's slightly vulgar. It's also hilarious and pretty well written. I highly recommend it and I intend to purchase some of his other works.
  • Self-publish on Smashwords with Kingsoft Writer on Nov. 02, 2014

    Extremely helpful if you're trapped in Kingsoft Land like I am. In Not to mention, it's free of charge. The down side is that he doesn't always explain himself very well and leaves out a few steps here and there. Still, it's better than beating your head against OpenOffice.
  • When You Find Yourself Awake at 3 AM After Halcyon Wednesday on Nov. 19, 2014

    As a Smashwords author myself, I occasionally peruse the site, looking for other writers that are worth recommending to my readers. If nothing else, I figure it's just polite. Most times I get frustrated a few paragraphs in and start searching again. This story made me stop. It wasn't the piece itself, although it certainly has it's attraction, a dark and touching allure. What struck me is that Mr. Eskew is actually very gifted, despite being unskilled. Reading this piece is like looking at a painting by an artist that you can tell is truly talented, but hasn't learned what each of the brushes are for yet. At times it's even like the artist doesn't know the difference between acrylic and oil paint. He makes up for it though, by somehow still creating a beautiful, albeit messy, image. His similes and metaphors are superb and the tale itself is very poetic. There's a dank humor that envelopes this sensitive tale and a touching morality to it. I found myself overlooking the plethora of grammatical errors and changes in writing tense to finish it. In short, all he needs is a good editor (maybe a writer's group or a class or two) and he could really garner some genuine attention from an agent and publishers. It also couldn't hurt to reformat the thing for premium status here. Let me end by addressing the author himself. Mr. Eskew, you shouldn't quit your day job...yet. You should however, work really hard at your writing skills, because your talent may one day make it very possible to do so. Nice stuff. Keep it up.