Featured Interview With Joshua Martin
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I come from the land of the ice and snow…just kidding…although it does get pretty cold. Too cold, if you ask me. I’m actually born and raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York State and still reside here.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always been a reader. I read The Hobbit in second grade and the trudged through the Lord of the Rings books as best I could over the next three years. I don’t know how much I actually understood, but I finished them.
I wrote from an early age too. I remember in fifth grade we had journals. I still have mine somewhere, and they were supposed to be a little diary of your activities or whatever. Mine is mostly creative writing. Bad creative writing, but hey, I was 10.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Being a horror guy everything really begins and ends with Stephen King. He’s our Mark Twain. Jackson, Poe, Matheson, Lovecraft, and others blazed the trail, but King is, well the King. I read a lot of horror. Paul Tremblay. Grady Hendrix. Joe Hill (of course). I also read almost as much fantasy, its the thread back to Tolkien. Martin, Jordan, Sanderson, and even Terry Brooks can still turn out some interesting things every once in a while.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
So my latest release is a collection of stories called GHOSTS FROM THE RUINS. some of the stories I’d had published in other places. Other were old works I doctored up a bit. The title story is brand new for the collection. The stories all vaguely have a through line of death from different perspectives. There’s a story about a 4-year-old girl, a woman in love, a man broken by tragedy, and a grandmother who can’t wait to die. All are reactions to death in some way.
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