About the Author
GALE MARTIN is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for lying into a legitimate literary pursuit during midlife. In 2011 Booktrope Editions published her debut novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, a humorous backstage story about an opera company trying to stage Don Giovanni, which was named a “Best Kindle Book of 2013” by Digital Book Today. GRACE UNEXPECTED (2012) features a professional woman with a heart of fool’s gold, who unexpectedly gets entangled in a love triangle. She regrets never throwing a single unmentionable at Sir Tom Jones or one of his tribute artists. She has an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University. You can find out more about her at her website: http://galemartin.me.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I don’t know that I’ve experienced as much pure romance or exotic life adventures as other women. Maybe that’s why I write romance. It’s often easier (and more fun!) to live in my imagination than in the real world.
Tell us about how you write:
An idea comes to me for a story when my mind is most relaxed. If it won’t let go, I set about exorcising it through writing about it. More and more, the writing takes the form of a novel. So it needs to be a very workable idea. I am a chronic rewriter and reviser, so whatever notion I have has to compelling enough to carry me through years of work.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do talk to my characters. They talk to each other, too. It’s a strange thing that happens as a fiction writer. Characters become insistent on things and won’t shut up until they have their way. Like my protagonist in WHO KILLED ‘TOM JONES’? fell for another guy than the one I picked for her. And I had to rewrite half the book as a result.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep trying to create the best product you can and have faith that an audience will find and love your work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am published by Booktrope Editions in Seattle. They have a Team Publishing model that thus far has worked well for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a very exciting time for authors who can get into the trenches and connect with readers. There are no barriers to opportunity any longer. It’s survival of the fittest.
What genres do you write?
Romantic comedy. chick lit, murder mystery, contemporary fiction, women’s fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print