Q&A with Debra Martin

1. Tell us about your latest book, The Silver Cross.
“The Silver Cross” is the story of Boston cop, Lacey Gardner. Lacey followed in her father’s footsteps and became a cop, but a horrifying attack against her younger sister changed everything for her. When she is offered a position with the secret Fringe Division, she jumps at the chance and finally learns the truth--the beast that attacked her sister was actually a vampire. Now Lacey has dedicated her life to eradicating the beasts from the city of the Boston. She’s hardened herself against any distraction, but that all changes when she meets sexy bartender Damon Harte. The sparks fly between them, but Damon harbors a devastating secret, one that could tear the lovers apart.

2. What are some of the challenges you face when co-writing?
There are many, but the main challenge my brother and I face is distance. I live on the East Coast and Dave lives on the West Coast. However, with the modern technology of instant messenging, video conferences and email, we get the writing done. Over the years, we’ve come up with a good system of writing and editing each other’s chapters as we write a new book. Even though we know what the chapter entails, it’s always exciting to see what the other one has written.

3. What made you want to write both science fiction and fantasy books?
Growing up, both Dave and I loved the same books. We used to pass scifi and fantasy books back and forth constantly. So it was a natural extension when we started writing that we write in the genres that we love.

4. Which genre is more challenging to write? why?
Science fiction is more challenging because the “science” in the book has to be based in reality. In fantasy, when you design a world, you make the rules of magic and order. Even in our fantasy books, we must have our “magic” make sense. We don’t adhere to any far-fetched ideas that can’t be supported.

5. How many books do you have planned for The Vampire Nightlife series?
Right now we are working on the sequel tentatively titled “The Silver Double Cross.” It depends on what happens to the characters during this book whether or not we have more stories to tell. We’ve already heard from readers that they want the story of Cole Henderson, one of the vampire hunters on Lacey’s team. So, really it will depend on how well the readers like book 2 and of course, sales. Everything always comes down to sales.

6. Do you have a favorite character in The Silver Cross? why?
While so many of our readers love the sexy Damon Harte, I have a soft spot for Cole Henderson. He’s a quiet guy, but that calm exterior hides so much more. He’s ex-military special forces so he’s seen the worst that humanity can do to itself, but what made him a vampire hunter? That’s the story I want to know.

7. What are you working on now?
Dave and I are actually working on two sequels, “The Silver Double Cross” and “Witch’s Curse.” The first book in the Witch Stone Prophecy, “Assassin’s Curse” was very well received. The outline is done and about ¼ of the book so far is finished as a first draft. Our books go through extensive editing before we send them to our beta readers and ultimately to our editor. I’m outlining “Silver Double Cross.” We want this book to be as exciting as “Silver Cross.” Our plan is to finish both these books in 2013.

8. Do you have a favorite book you've read in 2012?
Oh boy, that’s a hard question. I’ve read so many good books so far this year. I’m a book reviewer for many publishers and the books keep coming. I’d be hard pressed to pick just one.  The biggest problem is finding the time to read them all.

9. What do you do when not writing?
Between working full-time as a Programs Manager at a research university and making crafts for my craft business, I don’t have a lot of free time. It seems there is always something more that needs to be done. October-December is extremely busy for my crafts (decorated light boxes) and any free moment I have, I’m making more boxes.

10. What's your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving day?
Because I’m not much of a cook, I love having a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings on Thanksgiving. The best part, however, is going to a restaurant and having them cook it. Saves all that clean-up time!

Author bio: Debra L Martin writes SF/fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W Small.  They have been writing together since 2006. They make their partnership work through the use of email, Instant Messaging and Skype.  Their newest release is THE SILVER CROSS, Book 1 in the Vampire Nightlife series.  They have written three other novels, ASSASSIN'S CURSE, Book 1 in the Witch Stone Prophecy, QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE in the RULE OF OTHARIA series and three novellas in the DARK FUTURE series to-date.

Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats.  She works as a Programs Manager at a research university.
David lives on the West Coast with his wife.  He retired from the Marines after 21 years and currently works as a Network Specialist.

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