Tuesday morning in the studio was a very interesting one indeed. The brief from Samsun was fairly straight forward ” I need some cool head shots”! As with all my commercial head shots I like to know a little about the person in front of me and it wasn’t long before I got where Samsun was coming from. Enough from me but check put the words from the man himself. A fascinating bloke indeed. Thanks for reading Martin.
I started writing fantasy fiction in 2010. As a massive fan of the science-fiction and fantasy genres my main purpose for starting my first novel was to create my own world. I completed my ‘Dying Star’ trilogy in early 2012 and during this time saw the world I had imagined come to life in the illustrations that were commissioned.
I started to tour the major comic conventions around the country, and went from a single desk with a poster to a custom made stand with props, live actors and loads or merchandise. The sole purpose for this was to get my name out there and establish a fan base – and occasionally sell a few books. It has been hard work, but well worth it and I now have some awesome fans.
I continued my writing with a new series – RUIN, released in 2013. This series has proved very popular, partly I think because of the flawed but likeable main character and also because my skill as a writer has improved. I released a second book in the RUIN series ‘Awakening’ late last year and have another 3 books to go.
It was suggested by a fan that RUIN would make a great comic book character, as he is a sort of modern Conan – perhaps with a few more anger management issues. After researching comic production I decided to try produce it using Kickstarter. This is a crowd funding platform whereby people pledge small amounts of money in return for items from the project itself. If the funding goal is reached, I would produce my comics and send them out, and if not, then all monies get returned. It’s a sort of no lose situation for those choosing to back a project. My Kickstarter project is live now with 12 days left to run. You can take a look a the stunning artwork here…
As well as writing I like to get my hands dirty building props. I have built each of the main swords used within the RUIN series and these go down very well with fans at the conventions. I could have sold each of them many times over and so I decided that this year at the London Con I would raffle them all off. That should be an interesting afternoon! As well as the smaller props I have embarked on a project to build a lifesize Dreadnought from the Warhammer 40K universe. It stands 4.5 metres and will be fully functional (apart from walking) when complete.
The writing at present is only my side job and during the working week I run a successful e-learning company with a very talented team. My work here involves writing the learning content as well as creating new ways for students to learn. It’s never dull, but I am seldom allowed to incorporate a dragon or include gratuitous violence
My mind has to be kept occupied at all times and when I am not creating in some format, I am playing sport; Football, Roller Hockey, Cycling, Quad Biking, All racquet sports and hours in the gym provide a welcome change to the mental challenges of work. I consider sleep essential but also a waste of valuable time.
I thoroughly enjoy writing and will continue to deliver at least one book a year for the foreseeable future. I have been lucky to meet some fantastic people through my endeavours and enjoy the opportunities that have arisen. I am also sure that however fantastical my fictional worlds might be, they will never be as amazing as the one we actually live in.