Debra L Martin writes SF/fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W Small. They have been writing together since 2006. They make their partnership work through the use of email, Instant Messaging and Skype. Their newest release is THE SILVER CROSS, Book 1 in the Vampire Nightlife series. They have written three other novels, ASSASSIN’S CURSE, Book 1 in the Witch Stone Prophecy, QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE in the RULE OF OTHARIA series and three novellas in the DARK FUTURE series to-date.
They are currently working on WITCH’S CURSE, Book 2 in the Witch Stone Prophecy for a Fall 2013 release.
Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats. She works as a Programs Manager at a research university. David lives on the West Coast with his wife. He retired from the Marines after 21 years and currently works as a Network Specialist.
What inspires you to write?
My biggest inspiration is my brother. We constantly bounce ideas off each other and it’s amazing to see what comes of that. Some of our best ideas have come from casual conversations.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing with a co-author can be challenging especially when we live on opposite coasts, but with email, instant messaging and skype conversations, our stories can be plotted out. We usually take turns writing chapters, but sometimes one of us has a specific idea for a chapter or multiple chapters and runs with it. Then we send the chapters back to each other so we have an opportunity to edit and add to them. It’s been working well for us this way for a number of years.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes. We’ve had minor characters turn into major players because they refuse to be silenced. Eclair Jortac from the Rule of Otharia series is one such character.
What advice would you give other writers?
Hire an editor and a professional graphic artist. It’s very difficult to edit your own work because your eye sees what you wanted to write, not necessarily what you actual wrote. A good editor is a must have for an author.
I use 2 graphic artists for our fantasy books – one to create the image and the other to do the typography (which is just as important as the image.)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Early in our careers when we were querying agents and publishers, we got a lot of good feedback on our books, but no contract. When amazon launched KDP, I knew this was the answer for us. We published our first Otharia book in 2010 and we haven’t looked back since.
Self-publishing our books has been fantastic especially since we can set our own deadlines, publish at our own pace, change prices, etc. without having anyone else telling us what to do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think Indie Publishing is the future of publishing because it offers authors so much more freedom in the decisions concerning their books.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, and Beta Readers.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Urban Romance, Paranormal, and Dystopian.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print