Duane L. Martin

Biography

Duane L. Martin began his writing career when he started a classic film review website back in 2002 called B-Movie Central. Two years later, he would go on to create another website called Rogue Cinema, which is a monthly online magazine staffed by a wonderful team of volunteer writers that's devoted to film reviews, articles and interviews with film makers and other industry professionals.

An avid reader, he's been inspired by a wide variety of authors, including Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye, R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More recently, he's buried himself in the various series of writers like Jennifer L. Armentrout, H.P. Mallory and Amanda Hocking.

His aunt, a published author as well, once gave him a book on creative writing that changed his life forever. It was a collection of pieces by various authors, but one piece in particular has always stuck with him. It talked about how to create characters that feel like real people by giving them real backgrounds, likes, dislikes and personalities. It inspired him to create characters that feel genuine and real, like people you may know, or people you'd like to know, and helped him take his writing to the next level.

Aside from his writing, Duane is also a musician. He took his first bass guitar lesson in 1987 and has been playing bass ever since. He also plays some guitar and a little keyboard. As he's always been a great lover of music, he often has it playing quietly in the background while he writes.

Born and raised in Northern California, he would later move to Idaho, where he currently lives with his wife Sharon and their dog Buddy.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I've been playing bass since 1987, and I also play some guitar, a little keys, etc..., so I'm very into music and I always have it playing while I'm writing. I've also become quite a decent bass and guitar tech, which can be a rather relaxing distraction from my writing. Other than that, I have a few television shows I watch and I enjoy going for walks with my wife, spending time online and playing with our two border collies, Buddy and Rusty. I'm actually a pretty boring person in some ways, but if you get me talkin', I got some pretty crazy stories to tell.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first attempt at writing a novel was way back when I had an Apple //c computer with Bank Street Writer as my word processor. Yes, I know...I'm seriously dating myself there, but that's when it was and what I had to write it on. The story was a fantasy story about a boy born with the ability to communicate with and control worms, which was actually probably more interesting than it sounds, but unfortunately I lacked the writing skill and the follow through to bring it to fruition. I guess I just needed to reach a certain point in my life where I had the experience necessary to write a full length novel, and the right idea to bring to life. As of my filling out the answer to this question, I'm currently working on the 18th book in the Unseen Things series since October of 2013 (It's now June of 2015), and I have an idea for a completely unrelated book that could potentially turn into a separate series of its own. Hey, if it takes a mid-life crisis to give you the kick in the butt you need to get started, then I guess I got one hell of a kick.
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Where to find Duane L. Martin online


Series

Unseen Things

Origins

Price: $3.99 USD.

The Hunt

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Exploration

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Revenge

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Immortals

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Books

Genesis
Series: Unseen Things. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,200. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
When you have the power of gods, the ultimate accomplishment would be to use that power to create a living world out of a lifeless hunk of rock. This was the idea behind the Genesis project. When a stranger named Gerald appears, the source of their god-like powers soon becomes all too clear, and Jarrod must risk his own life to protect everyone from an event that he only suspects may be coming.
Cindy's Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 122,550. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
After walking out on yet another convenience store job, Cindy needed to find herself a new job as quickly as possible. When her apartment manager tells her that his private investigator brother is looking for assistant. She jumps at the chance, but quickly finds that she's in for a lot more than she bargained for.
Invasion
Series: Unseen Things. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,230. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
In order to alleviate their boredom one afternoon, Jake and Lana tell the story of how they met, and what they went through in the years after the Echnids invaded the Earth. Also, the secret that Jarrod and the others have been keeping about their ability to alter reality becomes a bit more public when Sarah uses it to help Jake undo the single biggest regret of his life.
Reapers
Series: Unseen Things, Book 19. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,410. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
When the reaper drones showed up at the party to kill Diedre so they could reclaim her energy and take it back to Purgatory, she and Logan had go on the run, hopping from dimension to dimension in an effort to try to stay one step ahead of them while the folks back home work on a way to rectify the situation without leaving all of the energy forms on Purgatory stranded there for all eternity.
Repercussions
Series: Unseen Things, Book 18. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,550. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The gang discovers that actions have consequences when they start checking in on some people and places from the past to find out how things have ended up for them over the past 250 years. Plus, Giles and Savaric discover a dimension filled with sentient energy forms, but when Richard brings one back to regenerate it into its physical form, it unexpectedly facilitates the return of an old enemy.
Travelers
Series: Unseen Things, Book 17. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,860. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
It was the year 2231 when the Echnid soldiers came through the portals and devastated the Earth, eliminating nearly eighty percent of the population as they searched for whatever resources they could steal. Jake and Lana have been traveling since day one, doing whatever they had to do to survive. Now they've found a town where they can finally lay down some roots, but will they be allowed to?
Transition
Series: Unseen Things, Book 16. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,280. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In the year 2112, the military is forced to remove the government from power due to its deep rooted corruption. Unfortunately, about half of the country supports those who were in power, which brings about riots, looting and martial law. Feeling completely disconnected from humanity, the group is left with no other option but to make their long planned move to the Nathalis dimension.
Infestation
Series: Unseen Things, Book 15. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,850. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
An invasion across the four Nathalis dimensions forces the humans, the blue fins and all the others to put boots on the ground, standing side by side with their Nathalis friends to fend off an infestation that threatens to destroy everything.
Conspiracy
Series: Unseen Things, Book 14. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,690. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The hybrids are aging rapidly, so the colonel turns to Derek and Jarrod for help. Also, the gang kidnaps Heather to take her on a little adventure, only to find themselves someplace that's a lot more familiar than expected. Finally, Commander Arthwal's investigation into the murder of Alarwyn's parents leads to a discovery that could rock the very foundations of the Nathalis political system.
Companions
Series: Unseen Things, Book 13. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,560. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In an effort to get out there and prove themselves Stephanie and Alarwyn head off to the reptilian dimension to do a little exploring, but things take a serious turn when they discover a Zethichtalarin plot to destroy the Nathalis homeworld. Together they have to figure out a way to stop the plot, recover the zero point bombs and kill the Zeths who were planning the attack before it's too late.
Emissary
Series: Unseen Things, Book 12. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,290. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
How exciting would your life be if you were assigned to guard mineral deposits on an uninhabited world? Alarwyn thought that was going to be the sum total of her life, but one day everything changed. Selected by her superiors to be their emissary to the human dimension, she finally had a way out, but she never imagined what a life altering experience her new assignment would be.
Resurgence
Series: Unseen Things, Book 11. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,220. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Zethichtalarin were nearly wiped as a species, but thousands had managed to escape the destruction and wound up scattered throughout many different dimensions. They chose the Faranox dimension in which to regroup and plan their revenge, only they never planned on facing a far more powerful enemy that was out there searching for them with the intent of putting an end to them once and for all.
Encounters
Series: Unseen Things, Book 10. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,370. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Now that the Zethichtalarin have begun to show themselves again, what lengths will they go to in order to rebuild their empire? The answer may be found in the Faranox dimension, where a tribal leader from one of the free villages has formed an army with advanced tactical knowledge that no Faranox tribal leader would normally possess.
Resurrection
Series: Unseen Things, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,580. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
They'd gained their immortality and all of their vast mental and physical abilities from the serum they were given, but what if it could be used for more than that? What if it could be used to regenerate the dead and then bring them back to life with their memories fully in tact? Thanks to Freddie's new genetic theory and the genius of Charles and Richard, they're about to find out.
Ghost Worlds
Series: Unseen Things, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,480. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Four different Earths in four different dimensions left as nothing but lifeless balls of rock and sand after their moons were destroyed, sending massive chunks of debris slamming into the planets. With a near infinite number of dimensions, was it beyond the realm of possibility that these four ghost worlds were nothing more than a coincidence, or was it perhaps a coordinated attack?
Trackers
Series: Unseen Things, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,480. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When they volunteered to move to Scotland to start up a new operation there, they all had their own reasons for doing it. Whatever their personal reasons were for going, they all still had the same mission, which was to free the human slaves from the Faranox dimension, explore new dimensions and to make friends and allies with the new races they encountered whenever they could.
Division
Series: Unseen Things, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,250. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When they received their injections of the original serum, they became immortal and their bodies gained the ability to regenerate, but now the backers have created a new version of the serum and with that serum comes a host of new strengths and abilities that they never even dreamed possible. Division represents another great leap forward in the evolution of the Unseen Things universe.
Immortals
Series: Unseen Things, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,730. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
None of them realized at first who the mysterious woman was who showed up at their door after the party that night. None of them would have ever believed it could have been their mysterious rep, who up to this point they'd been barred from having any personal contact with. Yet here she was in the flesh, and she had a gift with her from the backers that would change their lives forever.
Revenge
Series: Unseen Things, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,120. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Derek had planned the first attack on the Faranox in which they rescued Jarrod's family and freed numerous slaves, and now it was up to him to plan a brand new attack on a scale he'd never imagined. With the help of the entire team, most of their parents, their friends and the rest of the blue fin villagers, they were going to have to take out an enemy threat that had them greatly outnumbered.
Exploration
Series: Unseen Things, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,720. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
With their mission to rescue Jarrod’s family now behind them, the group begins to focus on other things, like Jarrod’s birthday, learning more about their blue fin friends, and testing the boundaries of their relationships with one another. However, before they do all that, they have a little unfinished business with Diedre, the girl responsible for Derek’s brother’s suicide.
The Hunt
Series: Unseen Things, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,800. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Now that they've finally graduated from high school, Jarrod, Derek, Tina, and Sarah have all moved in with Patricia, and with her help and support, they make their first forays into the Faranox dimension. Mistakes are made and dangerous lessons are learned as they look for a way to bring Jarrod's family back home.
Origins
Series: Unseen Things, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,410. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
No one believed fourteen-year-old Jarrod Grant when he told them what happened to his family. They said it was just a coping mechanism to deal with what he'd seen, but no matter how hard they tried to get the truth out of him, all he could talk about was the portal that had opened in his room, and the creature that had come through it to abduct his mother, and his little brother.

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