What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I’ve been writing on and off since my last year of high school. I only became serious about it this year. The first full-length piece of fiction I wrote was a screenplay for my Broadcast Journalism class. The story was set in the Star Trek universe but with my own characters. After that, I began to write my own fanfic screenplays for shows I liked. I read Syd Field’s book Screenplay to learn about structure and such. I minored in Creative Writing at university and kept writing screenplays, with a plan that it would get me into Hollywood. When it was clear that wouldn’t work, I turned my first original screenplay into a novel. The book, Adventure Hunters, I self-published this year.
What inspires me to write, now at this moment, is the change in the publishing industry. With advances in technology, people are now able to get their stuff out there. Anybody can be a writer, and that’s great for readers also. As a reader, you might say “There’s not an author writing what I’m really into, what I really like.” Now, with so many independent authors out there, it’s likely you’ll find a writer that fits your taste. As a writer, you’ll find an audience. It’s a win-win for authors and readers.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I try to write every day, for at least an hour, more if I can manage it. I just got a new part-time job, so I’m trying to work around my new schedule, which changes every week. Mornings are for housework, early to mid afternoon for free time and writing, and late afternoon to evening is work.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Mostly action and science fiction. Those are the kinds of movies I enjoy the most, so that’s what I want to write.
What draws you to write in that genre?
Limitless possibilities. Robots, aliens, time travel, superheroes… Those kinds of stories are great escapes. They take you places you’ve never been.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
It’s called The Super School Uniform. It’s about a Japanese middle school girl who gains an alien suit that gives her superpowers. She must stop a pair of aliens from terraforming the Earth into a copy of their homeworld. I live in Japan and I’m a teacher. I’m hoping to include many cultural details of school life that, I hope, will intrigue people. Since my first novel was adapted from a screenplay, this is my first work wholly conceived as a novel.
What are your writing plans for the future?
To publish at least one novel a year, more if I can. I see Adventure Hunters as a trilogy, plus I’ve got several more ideas in the works. Now, it’s just a matter of building discipline to write. I’m slowly but surely getting there.
Where can people find out more about you?
My blog at http://codylmartin.blogspot.jp