Name R.C. Martin
Where are you from Colorado (but I live in VA!)
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released my fourth book, third full length novel, entitled So Much More. It’s the fourth installment of my series Made for Love. In it, I introduce a couple characters that will be reintroduced in a spin-off series called Mountains & Men. Encore Worthy, the first installment, will be out in January.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing when I was seventeen because it seemed like a fun idea.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Mmmm…I suppose when I was seventeen, when I got it in my head that I could actually do it.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My very first book? Well, I took this AP Lit course in high school. I don’t know how being carefully taught to write an analytical paper inspired me to take up writing as a hobby, but it did. I’ve always been a fan of love, so I just tried my hand at a love story. It was awful. But at the time, I thought it was great!
My debut, though…I was inspired by an actual couple who decided to take a year off dating to decide if they wanted to get married. I thought that idea was just crazy enough to write a book about.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I prefer to write in first person present tense. It’s the least confusing for me as I like you to be in and out of my character’s thoughts.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For all of my stuff, my titles come from the characters themselves. The Promises We Keep, my debut, I titled it after I wrote it and read it a couple times. I realized they made a lot of promises to each other, and the title just fit. Same with Reckless Surrender and So Much More. I branched out a little with my next series, because I wanted the titles to be themed. That was an interesting process…
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always. Always, always. My Made for Love series is just that…a bunch of books that I hope readers can connect to and relate to and see that everyone, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, is made for love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I’m big on relate-able stories , so I try and make my stories as down to earth as possible.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think there are lots of life lessons that I’m either aware of and purposefully put into my plot, or I’m subconsciously aware of that I put into my plot. I definitely feed off of things I see or hear around me, whether from people I’m close with or strangers I see on the street. I don’t have enough life experience to write all that I do, so I have to take it from somewhere.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Well, I’m sort of reading a book… (Truthfully, I’m trying to finish writing one…and I’m almost to the end, so I’m not really reading…) But, I have started Survivor’s Guilt by Cassy Roop
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Definitely. Hayley Faiman is someone I discovered this year. Alana Sapphire got me hooked on her this year, too.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on book one in my Mountains & Men series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My faith is definitely a huge part of why I write. It’s kind of a driving force.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I don’t see it as a career yet. I hope to, one day. Right now, it’s a second job. I definitely invest a great deal of time and effort.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. Not a thing. So Much More was magical to me. From when I wrote it to when I hit publish. Even through the editing process, I never got sick of it. Even when I read it the fifth time. It’s the first time that’s happened–usually I lose the magic and I have to wait until my readers get excited about it before it returns. This one I just loved.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Worthy of the Harmony is the hardest writing challenge I’ve ever had to face to date…I’m far too self-conscious to share!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging part of my writing is the emotional bit. I really want it to be believable and people and their hearts are not easy to portray…especially the men, as I am a woman!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hmmm…I’m not sure that I have a favorite author. Off the top of my head, I can say that I really enjoy J. Daniels. I love her wit. I adore books that make me laugh.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Cassy Roop at Pink Ink Designs! She’s done ALL of them, and I love them SO MUCH!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
As cliche or simple or silly as it may sound, my advice is this: keep writing. On hard days, on easy days, on days when you’re tired, on days when you feel like you’re on top of the world, on days when you feel like you’re the worst writer in the world….just keep writing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I’m still new to book world, and yet…I’ve been so well welcomed! That’s because people took a chance on me. I appreciate that more than words can say!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Ever? Haha. No.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I’m easily entertained…so a lot makes me laugh. And the older I get, the more emotional I get! I’m in big trouble. A commercial could make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to meek Kerry Washington. I think there’s just something about her…something about the way she carries herself and presents herself; I bet I could learn a lot from her.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to read, of course. I also like to do jigsaw puzzles, crochet, go to the movies, bake, cook…you know, when I’m not writing. Which isn’t often…
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like a lot. I don’t watch a lot, but I’m the kind of person who enjoys watching something that is well done…drama, comedy, action, romance…I like a wide range. Stupid humor, though…not my thing.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
That’s kind of like asking if I was a boy instead of a girl, what would my life be like…I have NO idea.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My website, which I’m horrible about keeping up to date, is here: www.rcmartinbooks.com
Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/R.C.-Martin/e/B00MRS2YDY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1