Welcome to the blog, Adam. I’m excited to hear about both Xenoman and your writing process (everyone has their own way of getting the writing done). So tell me, are you a Planner, a Pantster, or a Plantster when it comes to writing?
A planster. I know the basic skeleton of what I want to do, and then I grab the conversations and plots that are swimming around in my head and find a place for them. I don’t like knowing exactly what’s going to happen before I write. I don’t do the whole character background thing on notecards. I compile a notebook with images from magazines, stick figure storyboards, penciled in notes about who they are, as it occurs to me. So, I end up with a sort of scrapbook/graphic stick figure novel.
Plantsters for the win 😉 It’s good to have a rough idea of where you’re headed, I wrote one story as a Pantser and I found it liberating but really tough. What’s the hardest part about writing, for you?
Stopping. I’ve had instances where I have 97% of a scene done, and I just have
to get some sleep and go to work the next day. I end up diagramming things on notepads, the back of Del Taco receipts, wrappers, door hangers, things like that. I’ve also started emailing ideas to myself, and responding to myself with more notes.
When the Muse grabs you it’s good to take advantage of it, even if you find yourself jotting notes in odd places 🙂 Who inspires you?
My immediate family. My parents, my brother.
With a huge array of sub categories these days authors can cover a variety of ideas and still stay within a broader genre. Do you stick to one genre or genre hop?
I hop around. I wrote Xenoman as a sci-fi fantasy in order to experiment with
fictionalized philosophy, regarding virtual reality, paranormal activity, alien conspiracies, etc. I choose the genre that fits what I want to explore.
Everybody has their heroes and heroines of literature (Margaret Atwood, for me), so which writers do you admire?
Albert Camus and Herman Hesse inspired me in college. Their prose read like water, and I was expecting it to be torture. Since then I’ve tried to stick to simple, easy to read, prose. Although, it doesn’t always work out that way. I read The Stranger and didn’t get it, until someone explained to me that the main character’s thoughts are supposed to be flat and emotionless. I thought The Steppenwolf was going to be a grind, but it reads like a young adult novel. I liked Philip K. Dick’s so Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, because it was like the existential opposite of Star Trek. There are many others.
We’ve all seen the memes about what people think writers do all day. What has surprised you the most about publishing?
Marketing, meeting other writers over the internet, has been fun so far.
It’s a juggling act for sure, on the subject of internet related activities. Do you have any events coming up?
So far, I have…
FREE serialized version Wattpad:https://www.wattpad.com/story/120352799-xenoman
Ooh, I also forgot, I’ve got one more question about inspiration. How do you find it?
I get a lot of my ideas from non-fiction sources, books on pop culture, evolution, science, philosophy, articles, The National Enquirer. I do a lot of Hi-Liting. I’ll read anything just to troll for something unique that I haven’t seen before. I read Dianetics just for the heck of it. I never got audited. I also watch a lot of video lectures from The Teaching Company. When I was a kid, I read Mad Magazine, Warren magazines – Eerie, Creepy, some Vampirella. I also read underground comics like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Heavy Metal. They’re all in my garage. I couldn’t get into DC and Marvel Comics. They were too sanitized and intellectually stale, although I have a few.
I hear that occasionally we need to indulge in other activities and take a break from writing (I find this quite hard). So, how do you relax?
Walking, night or day. Drinking vodka with club soda on the rocks, though I have to cut down because my triglycerides are a bit high.
And last question (and the most important). Tea or coffee?
Thanks for joining me today, Adam. If you want to know more about Xenoman and Adam Martin, himself you can find more here-