What Are The Questions I Am Asked Most Frequently?

Well, my book is now off for it’s first round of editing. Sending it off, I am beginning to look forward to discussing my story with readers, both in groups and individually. With that in mind, I thought about the questions I am asked most frequently, and I thought it might be fun to share my responses with you.

What inspires your stories?

I see all the crime-based television programming and think people should have stories which aren’t the cookie cutter variety. I’m inspired to create something different for that same reason. I enjoying pushing the envelope with my work, and I think if the author challenges himself, readers will feel they have been entertained.

Your bio says you have use a strong law enforcement platform for your work. How? What part of your job is specifically helpful?

My personal knowledge with investigations and ability to process crime scenes come into play here. Most writers don’t get the chance to be involved with this process. I think bringing this type of skill set to the table projects integrity into the storylines and gives my readers something to think about as they flip through the pages.

You’re a federal law enforcement agent and write about serial killers?

Yes, I enjoy creating my characters to possess unmitigated evil, but the characters also have a complex psychological side to them. I like to know why people become the way they do. The killers in my books are aware of consequences, so they have a sense of protocol in how they carry out their sadistic agendas. But there is always a protagonist there—ready to pounce—if and when they become sloppy…hehe.

Do you ever write anything else?

I released a horror story called “House of Misery.” I enjoy writing in new genres, so stay tuned to my webpage to see what I’m coming up with next (http://jeffreymartinsnovels.com).

Describe your writing process (and discuss where/when/how/etc.).

When I first come up with an idea for a novel, I sit down and create an outline of what I want for each chapter. I list main characters, settings, and flow of action in this brief outline. My goal is to have about 10 chapters outlined before I even put words to paper. My writing is done from any location you can think of…I have a program on my phone so when I’m in a place where I want to get that idea down, I type it into my writing document and send it to myself in e-mail form. But I will tell you, there isn’t a day where I’m writing something…

What advice would you give to a beginning writer or someone being published for the first time?

Do your research on your craft. If you want to pen a story about serial killers and law enforcement, know the basis of investigation and crime scene protocol. Talk to some local agencies in your area, and find some of the more experienced investigators out there. Ask them about cases they have worked on and techniques they used.
Also, map out your goals as a writer. For example, are you writing because you want to be the next big thing on the block, and you want to make beaucoup cash? If that’s the case, you’re probably in it for the wrong reason. Write the story you want, and hone it to perfection. Don’t get caught up in the trends that run the publishing industry. With time and hard work, opportunities will come your way. Just because the first 50 queries you sent out didn’t result in anything, don’t give up. Revamp the query, and send it to 50 more.

What are your biggest challenges as a writer?

I think the biggest challenge in general for me is not taking the time to relax after I get a book done. I’m already thinking of the next story in line and start working right away, without just taking a few days off and being proud of my latest publication. I’m sort of a workaholic…but I’m working on a twelve-step plan to curb that in the future.

What is your favorite part of being a writer and why?

When I walk into a bookstore or event, I love when people stop and talk to me. That’s where it all comes together. They have read my work, and they enjoyed the story, so they come out and talk to me, and it becomes real: my work is out there. Without them, I probably would have a shelf of material in binders, as it never would have seen the light of day.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to have more books for people to read as I continue to work in different genres and move into screenplays. Hell, if I can write a three-hundred page novel, I surely hope my skills will be ready for the next step in my writing career!


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One Response to “What Are The Questions I Am Asked Most Frequently?”

  1. Charles Bemis Says:

    Nicely written. The answers to the above listed questions gives me an in-sight into the mindset of you the writer. I really enjoyed “Deadly Demented” and look forward to the release of your next book 3:16. Keep up the good work. BTW, the Xmas short story was great too.

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