Welcome to week three of the series #WritersQuick5 - where we learn about writing from fellow writers.
This week I am absolutely thrilled to bring you a Q&A with author Martha Carr, whose Wallis Jones thriller/conspiracy series is rapidly climbing the ranks on Amazon. Her fourth installment The Circle Rises drops today!
The Circle Rises is the fourth book in a six part series. The entire series is/will be available on Amazon and in KDP. The Wallis Jones book series is just the latest chapter in Martha's long writing career. She's written a weekly, nationally-syndicated column on world affairs and life that has run on such political hotspots as The Moderate Voice and Politicus. She's also been published in The Washington Post, The New York Time, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.
She infuses her latest book series with her own behind-the-scenes political insights, bringing her life-long love of politics and literary thrillers together. Let's see what she has to say.
Question #1: Where do you write and why do you write there?
I write in my office at the front of the house where the sun shines in. It's quiet and there's space to leave out a lot of notes about plot points for a twisty, turny conspiracy like Wallis Jones.
Question #2: What is unique about writing for your particular genre?
Conspiracy thrillers are giant puzzles that should make your heart race and feel like a really good roller coaster ride but with some twists you just don't see coming.
Question #3: What are some of your grammar or punctuation pet peeves?
I can't say that I have any - in other books I love to read I want the sentence structure overall to be smooth so that I notice the story and not the individual words.
Question #4: At what point in your writing process do you start to bring other people in to review your work?
I've been writing for a long time so I wait till the end of the first draft and turn it over to an editor.
Question #5: What advice would you give to a new writer about the writing process?
Just keep going is the best advice I was ever given. It's a journey that gets better and better. And find your own tribe of writers who can share marketing, writing and other type of info as well as cheering each other on for every single morsel of success. It makes everything that much sweeter.
Thank you to Martha for these lovely and insightful answers. To keep in touch with Martha, please sign-up for her newsletter. Her newsletter will bring you giveaways, information about new books, and great updates. She's also working on a new short story app, so stay tuned. After you read her Wallis Jones books, please leave reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, or send her a note directly. She loves hearing from her readers!
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Thanks again to Martha... and remember to follow Martha Carr on Twitter too!