I love learning about new authors, so earlier this year I put out a call to a couple of writing groups on Facebook asking for authors to interview. I got a monumental reply, and I’m finally making my way through them all.
This is one of the authors whose works stuck out to me. I love old school horror, and I learned through this interview that this guy definitely does, too.
Welcome, Frank! Sell yourself to us in a paragraph.
Frank Martin is a prose and comic writer that always enjoys exploring new genres and mediums. He has an urban fantasy anthology series, Modern Testament, currently published by Insane Comics. His debut horror novel, Skin Deep/Ordinary Monsters, was also recently released with Burning Willow Press. Frank lives in New York with his wife and two kids.
Who do you write for?
For my current releases I’ve been targeting a more mature audience. They’ve been horror and dark fantasy in nature. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have some young adult or kid-friendly projects in the works.
How many books do you plan for the Modern Testament series?
Four volumes total, with the fourth currently in production.
Did you intentionally end both Modern Testament 1 and 2 with Four Horsemen stories? And will the rest in the series follow suit?
Yes. That’s one of the main motivations behind having four volumes in the series. Each one will feature one of the Horsemen.
What got you into comics, and what is your favorite comic series?
Like everyone else I was drawn to the Big Two because of the characters. And my comic addiction into more indie titles grew from there. I have so many favorite comic series, but one of my favorites is Y: The Last Man. I’ve been cautiously waiting for a movie or TV adaptation, but I’m afraid they’ll ruin it.
Have you always been into horror stories?
Always. I grew up going down the horror section of Blockbuster and watching every movie they had. There’s something about getting stuck in a story about fear and terror that I find intriguing. It’s such an averse emotion and people purposefully search it out. It’s crazy!
[Adan’s note: I was a faithful Blockbuster horror section kid myself! Nice to meet another old school horror junkie.]
Tell us about Skin Deep/Ordinary Monsters.
Skin Deep/Ordinary Monsters was designed to be a pulp style book similar to the double creature features seen in B movies. It’s a dual novella consisting of two stories. Skin Deep is a vampire story and Ordinary Monsters is a werewolf story. It also comes with two short comics as well. It is quite a package and the print version is double-sided, as well. I’m very proud with how it turned out.
What fuels your writing?
Depends on the project. It’s hard to pin down a single fuel which compels me to write when every project has a different source of inspiration. Each story means something different to me and the reasons for writing it vary with each one. Some are just for fun. Some have a deep message which is personal. Others I feel like I need to write for someone else. The possibilities are endless.
Tell us about your writing hideout.
I don’t have the luxury of a writing hideout. Because I’m so busy all the time, I write everywhere and anywhere I can. About 70% of it is done on a 10-year-old flip phone with a keyboard that I use while I’m out. On line at the grocery store. Riding shotgun in a car. Stopped at a red light while driving a car (don’t judge me). Time is our most precious resource, and when writing a story, I’ve learned never to waste it.
Link us to your web presence.
Grab his book on Amazon: Skin Deep/Ordinary Monsters