Rod was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and was attracted to words at an early age. He wrote his first book “The Boy Who Liked To Read” (about himself) with construction paper and pencil in the grade school on his own – wasn’t a class assignment. His teacher then decided to keep the masterpiece and show other students in class what they could do if they "applied" themselves.
Later in life, Rod discovered comic books and was determined to work for Stan Lee once he was old enough. As a student in school he was taken to reading, writing and drawing and by high-school had completed several comic books of his own creation. It was his English teacher in high school that pulled him aside and told him “You should delve into short story writing, give the comic books a rest.” He listened.
Rod got into writing prose and fiction, but only as a part-time hobby, wasn't till his later adult years that he started to take it seriously, having written a middle-grade fiction adventure titled "The Juniors" (it was a challenge from his son) that was picked up by a publisher. He quickly decided that he wanted to do this for the rest of his life.
Do you like werewolves? Four school friends find something in the woods that has been hidden there for ages and never had contact with the outside world until they discovered it. And the small town of Lobo Cliff, Florida will never be the same. This is a case of "The boy who cried wolf" taken to the extreme.
Three tales by Middle Grade author Rod Martinez, these stories will mess with your head... in DANGERSTREET, a teen finds the horrors of driving the fine line between gaming and reality, in MR. MOORE a child reminisces on his relationship with a neighborhood friend, in SECRET PLACE - ten year old Andy Meeks struggles to find "The Secret Place" where a mysterious man can save his grandpa from death
Alex, Marcie, Fabian and Dorian are back in the scariest tale of the Before Dawn trilogy. A predator is in the Lobo Cliff woods and it is causing nothing but panic and fear among the towns people to the point of pandemonium. The four friends have to do something, they feel they are at fault for releasing this beast and they have to put a stop to it, though it could mean eminant death.
Fourth grade friends Alex, Marcie, Fabian and Dorian battle a newcomer to town who is bent on exposing the secret of their town - Lobo Cliff, Florida. It's a tale of good werewolves gone bad and someone's quest to rid the town of a bad element. The Lobo Friends come together to keep the curse and it's secret - safe.
Alex discovers something in the woods next to his home, and no one will believe him. This is a case of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ taken to the extreme. Join him and three of his school friends as they quest to uncover the mystery at Lobo Cliff.