What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I started writing when I was a kid going to school in Scotland. My teacher was John White and Mr White would read Dickens to us. He’d have a class full of nine-year-olds spellbound as he broke down David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities. It blew my mind and I remember thinking – I wish I could write like that.
Well, I can’t. There’s only one Dickens, but that was the first time I saw the power of literature and the power of a good story told well. From then on I saw writing differently. I always wanted to have my words tell a story well. And I’m still practicing and learning, trying to do that.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write every day. And, it’s been tough trying to maintain that type of commitment. In the past two years, I’ve written two books while working full-time. Because I’ve been so focussed on getting the books out, I’ve had to cut back on other things. For example, I love to run, but instead of running all the races I would like to run I’ve only participated in about half of them and my training has suffered also. Fortunately, because of the success of my novel, MY TEMPORARY LIFE, my circumstances have changed and I’ll be able to devote more time to writing in the future, and hopefully running too.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
My work defies genres. This is a bad thing in terms of being accepted by traditional publishing houses. MY TEMPORARY LIFE has been described as a, get ready for this, Ruth – coming of age/romance/suspense/thriller.
My new book, MY NAME IS HARDLY, is a thriller. Plain and simple, it’s a thriller.
What draws you to write in that genre?
I like to read stories. I like the grand, sweeping stories of a person’s life, or at least a significant period of the person’s life. I want to read The World According to Garp, or Life of Pi, or David Copperfield. And when you read those types of books, sometimes there’s a little bit of everything in them. That’s what I like to read so I guess that’s why my writing ends up there too. Quite honestly, my dream is to write a scary, haunted house type of novel and I will one day. I’d love to have people tell me they couldn’t read my books with the lights off. I think that would be a real thrill.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I just released MY NAME IS HARDLY. It’s been a terrific experience writing it. I think every book you write changes you a little bit. I think the longer you spend writing about a character, the more you get to know him, and of course, because you’re drawing from inside yourself, you’re getting to know yourself better too.
Hardly was a character from my first book and I didn’t intend to devote a whole book to him but I had readers ask for it. So, I wrote the book.
In addition to the Hardly book, I am working on the last book in the MY TEMPORARY LIFE Trilogy – A DIFFERENT KIND OF GIRL (Heather’s Story). And I have a collection of short stories that I’m trying to release sometime in January.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I want to finish the trilogy and then I have an idea for a book that I’ve been kicking around for several years. It’s based on a true story and it’s eating at me, wanting to get out. I can’t wait to start working on it. Maybe I’ll put a haunted house into it to satisfy this “wanting to scare people” complex that I seem to have lately.
Where can people find out more about you?
Thanks for asking, Ruth, and thanks very much for having me, this was great fun.
My website is www.martincrosbie.com
On Twitter I’m @martinthewriter
And this is my Facebook page