We are very excited to have Martine Lewis with us today. Martine writes Young Adult contemporary coming-of-age romance with a twist. Her first book in the Gray Eyes Series, Crossing the Barrier, is now available.
Crossing the Barrier is about a girl, who is an empath and a marching band member, who falls in love with the star wide receiver of the varsity football team.
It’s a romance, a story of finding your way in life, and finding a way to work against the odds.
What was the biggest influence for this book? Where did the idea come from?
This book was heavily influenced by my attending high school football games. I love high school football games. These young people have heart and they work so hard to be where they are. And of course, it’s not just about the football players. It’s also about the band, the dancers, the cheerleaders… All of them put a lot of efforts in what they do and I wanted to do them justice.
What is your writing routine like?
I usually write original material during the “challenge” months, such as the National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), Camp nano (in April and July) and/or Junowrimo (which is in June). I always participate in Nanowrimo and I usually participate in one other challenge to write a first draft. All the other months are revision/editing months.
I have a five-year schedule for all my writing and my editing activities. It’s important for me to know what is happening when so I don’t fall behind. The last thing I want is to have to push a release date because I let something slip.
This five-year schedule includes two six-book series.
Do you have a favorite writing spot?
Panera. It seems I’m always at Panera. I also like to sit in my chair at home, my cat on my legs, and write all night long.
What is your favorite writing snack?
Anything Panera serves with a lot of Diet Coke.
Are you a pantser or an outliner?
Definitely an outliner. And the more I outline, the less revision I need to do.
Why did you start writing?
I had a story to tell. I was eleven years old and I had this story inside of me that was dying to be put down on paper. I wrote it. Then I wrote another one, then another one… I only write when something needs to be put down on paper. It feels like a bubble inside of me, something I need to burst to feel better and to stop hearing all those characters in my head.
Many writers struggle with continuing the writing, especially when they get discouraged. Have you ever been discouraged with your writing and what did you do to keep writing?
Surprisingly, I never get discouraged by my writing. I get discouraged by what’s going on in my life, but never writing. When I’m in a bad place, I just watch television, binge on TV series, and then when it comes back to me, I write again. Usually, TV series binge is enough to fill my bubble and make it want to burst all over again.
Do you use a crit group and if you do can you tell us a little about it?
No, I don’t. More than one person told me to stay away from them and I do. I much prefer getting beta readers or paid critique.
If you could tell your readers one thing about yourself that they don’t know, what would it be?
I don’t know. I’m a pretty open book. With me, what you see is pretty much what I am.
What advice would you give other authors or pre-published authors?
Don’t give up. Keep on writing. It may not happen today but it may happen tomorrow.
And when you’re ready to publish, do it right and with your eyes wide open. The market is changing and it’s changing fast. Be on the lookout for what’s new, join groups to help you and don’t be afraid to mingle! There is a lot of help out there.
Are you working on anything new?
Book two of the Gray Eyes Series is currently in copyediting while I am working on my last revision of Book three which will go to my beta readers by May 1.
In May, I am expecting to complete the first draft of Book 4 (yes, I know, not a challenge month but my schedule couldn’t be helped this time).
I’m also working on the research part of a non-fiction book.
We want to thank Martine Lewis for being with us today.
Thank you for having me!
For more with Martine, please visit:
Author Page: www.martinelewisauthor.com