Martin

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I have wanted to publish a novel for many years and although my mind was bubbling with ideas none appealed to me sufficiently to make the time to write it. I then read "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, a splendid telling of the American Civil War battle of Gettysburg. The story is told from the viewpoint of those who took part in the battle. I was intrigued by the structure of the book and it inspired me to put aside the time to write my own novel. Fortunately I had the prefect subject to hand. The Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) has always held a fascination for me, especially the Battle of Paardeberg, which was, arguably, the turning point of the war. What intrigued me was why the British commander, Lord Roberts, a man of reputed enormous compassion towards his men, put them through such torment in a forced march of over one hundred miles across South African semi-desert and why the Boer General Cronjé responded in the way he did. It was the decisions and actions of these two men during the prosecution of this particular battle that were to change the direction of the war. My debut novel Paardeberg: Lord Robert’s Gambit is my attempt to understand the thoughts, values and convictions of some of those involved in the battle and to write down their story. Of French Huguenot stock, I was born in Kitwe, Zambia and spent most of my childhood in South Africa. I now live in England.

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up In South Africa and come from a line of French Huguenots that emigrated to the Dutch settlement at the Cape of Good Hope in 1688. The vineyard that Charles Marais established in 1689 still exists, Plaisir de Merle near Franschhoek, unfortunately it is no longer in the family. My South African upbringing has had a profound effect on what I write - my first novel was set in the Boer War.
What is your writing process?
With my novels being based on actual historical events a lot of research is required of the characters, the events and the setting. I do a fair amount of reading and use the internet for images, but I do not overburden myself with facts as I do not want to stifle the story and I do shift things around slightly to help the flow of the narrative. I then plan the basic structure of the chapters and follow this with my first draft of the text. This is usually a free flowing process. I then return to add colour and descriptive flesh to the characters and landscape and make sure the facts are correct and the story line is consistent. I then read the entire book out loud and improve wording where the language does not read well. Then I get a proof-editor to look over it for structure, consistency and typos. I then read it aloud for a second time. It is a long process, but it is important that readers are offered a story of the highest possible standard.
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Johnny Rebel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,810. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017 by Martin. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » USA
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When a troop of Union Army Cavalry ride into the small Confederate town of Red Sands, towards the end of the American Civil War, they discover they have just missed the notorious Confederate renegade, William Quantrill. In his determination to get information about Quantrill, Lieutenant Farrell takes the law into his own hands. This is a side story to the Bounty Hunter series by Martyn C Marais.
Outlaw's Trail to Nowhere
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017 by Martin. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Inspired by Stephen King's novel, "The Gunslinger", this short story follows a Texas Ranger on the trail of a notorious killer, where nothing is as it seems.
Outlaw's Reprieve
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2017 by Martin. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A short story from the Bounty Hunter Series. When the ghostly Louis Syffere arrives in Wellhead, the townsfolk are suspicious of his intentions and take the law into their own hands.

Books

Prometheus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When two shepherds, out hunting a wolf, stumble across a raggedly-dressed man chained to an alter rock they find themselves in danger of becoming embroiled in the affairs of the gods in which mere mortals should not involve themselves. However, what else are two lowly, honourable shepherds to do in such situations, but become involved.
The Weaver's Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Classics, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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A short story in which the mortal, Arachne, challenges the goddess, Athena.
The Battle of Paardeberg: Lord Roberts' Gambit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 144,820. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada
Fifteen years before their heroic action on the Somme, Canadians were engaged in their first international war - the Anglo-Boer (1899-1902) - in South Africa. It was a horrific initiation to the catastrophic effects of modern warfare. Seen through the eyes of the officers and men, this is the story of the part they played in one of the most important battles of the war - the Battle of Paardeberg.
The Battle of Paardeberg: Lord Roberts' Gambit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 144,820. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
In the first months of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the British suffered a series of catastrophic defeats. In response they initiated an audacious manoeuvre to outflank a Boer army blocking the route to Kimberly. The move culminated in the Battle of Paardeberg. With the outcome uncertain - would the British prevail or would the Boers continue to hold the upper hand?
The Battle of Paardeberg: Lord Roberts' Gambit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 144,820. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Historical » Canada
In the first months of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the British suffered a series of catastrophic defeats. In response the British initiated an audacious manoeuvre to outflank the Boer army which sat astride the route to the besieged town of Kimberley. The move culminated in one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war, the Battle of Paardeberg. Would it be the British or the Boers who prevailed?

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