Chatting With… C.E. Martin

C.E. Martin is the author of the YA Modern Fantasy Mythical: Heart of Stone.

Tell us about your book.

Teens Josie Winters and Jimmy Kane are drawn into a world of monsters and magic they never knew existed when they find a super soldier left for dead in the desert.

Returning to life, with partial amnesia, Colonel Mark Kenslir eventually remembers his last mission: stop a shapeshifter on the loose in America. It can take the form, memories and even the powers of anyone- by ripping out and consuming their heart. Kenslir and his squad were sent to stop the shapeshifter, but were all killed when it unexpectedly assumed the form of a dragon.

Unarmed, with no support and not sure who to trust, Kenslir sets out with the teens to stop the shapeshifter’s killing spree.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

I chose to make the book feel more like the old style Action Adventure novels of the past, but with teens working alongside the more traditional action adventure characters.

What kind of books do you read? Are they similar to the books you write?

I like action adventure, like Lester Dent’s “Doc Savage” novels or Warren Murphy/Richard Sapir’s “The Destroyer”, and of course Edgar Rice Burroughs “Tarzan” Series.

I hope that I have blended that same kind of Action-Adevnture with the YA genre.

Dream cast your book for us.

Josie Winters- Elizabeth Gillies
Jimmy Kane-
Mark Kenslir- Jared Padalecki

Do you have a ‘day job’? What is it?

I’m an investigator for a government agency.

What has your biggest struggle been so far?

I just recently returned to fiction writing. This will be my third attempt, but with self-publishing I think I can finally reach an audience that will like the kind of stories I want to craft.

In the past I could never seem to get past the slushpiles, but in today’s indie market, readers have a greater variety to choose from and the slushpiles will soon vanish.

How do you feel about romances being so common in YA (and to a lesser degree MG) books?

I think romance is over-rated. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn didn’t need it. Nor did Ender or numerous other teen and pre-teen characters. There are many other topics out there and I think teens are more than one-dimensional romantics. They deserve stories with more to them than romance.

Where do you get your inspiration?

From a series of action adventure novels I wrote years ago, but were never published.

What trend do you love in MG/YA books? What trend do you hate?

I’d like to see a trend grow where teens and pre-teens can realize that everyone is special- where everyday, regular characters can accomplish something spectacular.

I dislike the romance and the you-have-to-be-special-to-succeed themes.

What’s next for you?

I’m working (research right now) two sequels to Mythical, then I’m going to convert a screenplay I wrote in early 2011 as a campy horror novel.

Thanks for stopping by, C.E.!

Note from the author: Mythical is currently $0.99  on Amazon, Noon, and Smashwords. It also has a sequel!

Author Bio

After serving in the USAF for four years (1990-94) as a law enforcement specialist, I returned to my hometown and have worked as an investigator for a government agency. I am married, 44 years old, and have two daughters, ages 6 and 12.

C.E.’s books on Amazon

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2 thoughts on “Chatting With… C.E. Martin

  1. I’m a bit offended by C.E. Martin’s response regarding romance in teen books. I’m not saying all teen books should have romance. Variety is wonderful, especially in books, because everyone has different tastes. However, saying that teens “deserve stories with more to them than romance” is saying that romance is not a valuable form of literature. Why is romance bashed so much? I am not even saying that he should like romance, because, again, we all have different tastes in what we like to read. But he should respect romance as a genre, just as writers (and readers) of other genres should respect his preferred genre. Saying that teens DESERVE more than romance can make readers of romance (usually women) embarrassed with their reading choices. I think we should respect every genre of literature. I don’t like Sci-Fi books at all, but I don’t think it is such a terrible genre, and that people should read “better” things. Sorry for going off, but I think we should encourage people to read whatever they like, not try to get them to read “better” books.

  2. Quinn, sorry for the offense (and delay in responding)

    Romance is its own genre. YA is a separate genre. My point was that why does YA have to always have romance? If it does, then it shouldn’t be YA, it should be “Romance-Light”.

    The main point of YA shouldn’t be procreation, was my point.

    And I think teens do deserve more than just Romance, or just action, or just horror, or any genre that the YA tag is slapped on in order to get them to read it. It just smacks of marketing, like putting a toy in a box of cereal.

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