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Interview with Author Martin Wilsey


Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been?

I can’t say that I am a lover of words. I have always been a big reader since I was a kid. My parents had the biggest library at home of anyone I knew. My mom took us to the public library twice a month. I could not get a new toy whenever I wanted, but I could always get a book.

  1. What is your favorite color?

My favorite dark green. Nearing the black end of the spectrum. A difficult color to find in clothes and impossible to find in cars unless it’s custom paint.

  1. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Western NY state, in a small city between Buffalo and Rochester called Batavia NY. I grew up in farm country. We had 250 acres. Instead of raising cows, my parents grew trees. I had the best childhood of anyone I ever met.

  1. What is your favorite sports team?

Sports is not my thing. I follow no teams in any sport.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

Tough question. With a gun to my head, I would say, Robert Heinlein. I am currently re-reading his books as an adult and a writer. Both the good and the bad.

  1. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Starship Troopers. Straight up sci-fi, action, adventure!

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

Right now I am getting fit. I’m 57 years old as I write this and there will never be a better time to get fit. I have this awesome recumbent trike that is getting me there.

  1. Do you have a day job as well?

I work as a research scientist for a government-funded think tank. Most days I drink coffee and go to meetings and talk about science.

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

The best most important piece of advice I have is: Finish things.

I believe that working on more than one thing at a time is a massive trap. It ensures most new authors never finish anything. Because the last 5% of a project is the least fun and the most work. Finish Things. Then move to your next project.

  1. Is being a writer a curse or a gift?

It is a gift to me. It is enormous fun. I drink coffee and make stuff up. Then people send me money! How awesome is that!!

  1. Where do you write?

I typically write in my den at my roll top desk. My cat allows it. He has room to spread out. If not there in my living room recliner. Because that is my cat Bailey’s favorite spot to sit with me.

  1. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?

I generally prefer silence when I write. Sometimes soft music that fits the tone of what I am writing. I don’t like writing in coffee shops. My favorite public library has a quiet room as well.

  1. What do you typically drink while writing?

I usually will drink coffee while writing. Or water. Or bourbon if it’s the weekend!

  1. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?

Time has been the greatest challenge to my writing life. While my children were young writing was not in the cards. The kids were too much fun for that. Now that they are both adults and away most of the time with full, interesting lives of their own I have time. I now write fiction for a couple hours a day. I blog daily as well. It has been resulting in a published novel twice a year or so. Plus short stories and other projects.

  1. When did you first start and when did you finish your book?

A few years ago I sustained a severe spine injury. I ended up spending a lot of time trapped in my recliner. After getting bored of TV and movies and the computer I decided to start writing just to keep my sanity. I started writing every day. And when you get in the habit of writing that much pretty soon you got a novel. After eleven months I had a novel and a writing habit. That was March of 2015, and I have finished a novel about every six months since then. My fourth novel should be published the month.

  1. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?

As part of my process, I assign all the parts to actual actors. I do this for all my projects. For the Solstice 31 Saga Barcus would be played by Josh Duhamel. Po would be played by Emilia Clark. I blogged the main cast in a post over a year ago.

It makes the writing easier. I can envision the characters.

  1. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you?

Barcus would love to hang out with me. He loves good food and drink and simple pleasures. The protagonist of my next book, Elizabeth Cruise, not so much. She hates everybody.

  1. How do you market your book? What avenues work best?

Marketing is the most evasive part of the entire Indie Author process. It is a mystery to me. I blog, I have a Facebook author page, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon author page. I tell readers about my daily life. They seem to love hearing about my cat. He’s even featured in a weekly web cartoon I do:

I honestly have no idea why so many people buy my books. Two of them even reached number one in the Hard Science Fiction sub-category on Amazon. People all over the world buy them.

  1. What has been the toughest criticism so far?

“The story is great, but you need better editing.”

  1. What has been the best compliment?

“I’m a movie producer, and I wish I had the budget to make this into a mini-series.”

  1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Lots of things are based in reality. Especially the food. Mmmm… bacon. Most are imagination.

  1. How did you come up with the title?

The titles of my books are always connected to the plots somehow. They are usually a quote from a character.

  1. Will there be a sequel?

My first three books were a trilogy. My fourth novel is stand-alone. My next one is also stand alone.

  1. What project are you working on now?

I am working on a new Hard Scifi novel about a team of deep space salvage engineers. They salvage something that will change everything…

  1. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer?

What does your wife think of your Hard Scifi Action Adventure novels?

She thinks I am a total fraud and that I am really a romance writer. The romance in my trilogy is powerful and tragic and so touching it makes some grown men cry. She believes that the depiction of women of strength in my books are why they sell so well.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Make Stuff Up













Martin Wilsey is a writer, hunter, photographer, rabble rouser, father, friend, marksman, story teller, frightener of children, carnivore, engineer, fool, philosopher, cook, and madman. He and his wife Brenda live in Virginia where, just to keep him off the streets, he works as a research scientist for a government-funded think tank.


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