Martin is a Swedish male born in 1985. He has lived in Australia since 2012, and has been with his partner Elaine Hidayat since 2013.
Martin’s writing history
Martin wrote his first book, the psychological crime thriller James Locker: The Duality of Fate back in 2013.
After that Martin had a break from book writing for a couple of years.
In late 2016, Martin decided to take up book writing again and he finished his Science Fiction novel The Divine Dissimulation a year later.
In July 2018 Martin finished his third book, The Divine Sedition. which constitutes the second book in The Divine Zetan trilogy.
In 2018 Martin also wrote a short-story for children Matt’s Amazing Week and a parody novella called Divine Space Gods: Abraham’s Follies
In January 2019 Martin finished writing Divine Space Gods II: Revolution for Dummies
Martin is a multi-genre writer who likes to mix up his works. So far he has released works in the crime, science fiction, humor and children genre, and he intend to write more genres in the future to mix up his repertoire and improve his writing.
Would you please introduce yourself to my readers and share something about your life?
My name is Martin Lundqvist. I am originally from Sweden but have lived in Australia since 2012 and been with my partner Elaine since 2013. I have always written a bit but started writing more seriously a couple of years ago. I guess my biggest motivation to author books is to use and increase my productivity and to feel accomplished. I haven’t had the career success I hoped for, and while my books haven’t taken off either, I can at least feel joy when I write and see my stories form in front of my eyes.
What inspired you to draft this book?
My latest book is Sabina’s Pursuit of the Holy Grail, which is a first-person young adult sci-fi thriller about a young woman with supernatural powers. It’s a spinoff to The Divine Finalisation, but it has a unique perspective first-person vs third person unlimited and a more relatable main character.
When I wrote Sabina, I wanted to try something new, and I hope that I have achieved it. The few people who have read it have all liked it.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I liked Sabina’s Pursuit, so I am working on two sequels. I have decided to release them as three separate novellas and then try to merge them into one novel and approach publishers. I tried approaching publishers about James Locker and The Divine Dissimulation in the past without success, but I feel that my writing has improved since and I think that three Sabina novellas can make a very compelling young adult storyline.
I also wanted to write the final instalment of the humorous Space Gods trilogy, but this will be a later project.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I grew up in Sweden and attended University there. After too many drinks, drugs, and partying, I felt that I had burnt my bridges in my hometown and decided to try something new moving to Australia. I met my partner, and for better or worse, I got older and a lot more grounded.
I feel that my intake of psychedelic drugs in my 20’s improved my creativity, but unfortunately, they didn’t improve my social skills.
What book do you think everyone should read?
I think people should read my books. If I were to pick one, I would tell people to read Divine Space Gods I: Abraham’s Follies. It’s the perfect format for a comedy 21,000 words of irreverent, dry, and dark humour. While the book hasn’t had much traction, it is my only book that has received translation offers on the site Babelcube.com where authors meet aspiring translators looking to translate texts for revenue sharing of the translated book. I hope these translations will come through as it would be very cool to be a translated author.
Describe your writing style.
I am a ‘tell’ type of writer and not ‘show’ type of writer. While this is not an advantage to reach an audience as studies show that most people prefer ‘show’ over ‘tell’ it is just the way I am. I like to tell a story not fill it out with two long paragraphs describing a ‘warm day’. Books that ‘shows’ too much just bores me to death. I am interested in people’s motivations and actions not in the way they dress or a lengthy description of a warm day.
To balance things up a bit, I have asked my partner Elaine to add more visual elements to my stories, and she did an exceptional job with my short story The Portal in the Pyramid. Thus, I reckon the balance between show and tell is the best in that story. On the downside, it is only 4,000 words and over in a heartbeat.
What made you want to become an author, and do you feel it was the right decision?
I guess I started authoring books for two reasons
- To get an outlet for my innate creativity, and to feel achievement. I have a lacklustre career, and I don’t feel any accomplishment in my jobs, so authoring books is a smart way to keep my brain active.
- To avoid feeling guilty about doing nothing. I had today off, for instance, and it was an awful windy and rainy day outside. If I didn’t write, I would play video games all day feeling shit about myself. Now I wrote 4,000 words and can think that I am much closer to finishing my next writing project. (The novella Sabina’s Quest to Open the Portal, planned word count around 30,000 words)
Was authoring books the right decision? Financially, the answer is a resounding no. Financially I’d be much better off picking up more jobs. Then again, life is not only for working and many pastimes, are even less economically productive than writing.
What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I usually write a plot summary that is a few pages long at the beginning of a new project. This semi-structured approach gives me a direction while also giving me a lot of creative freedom. I don’t believe in writing directionless for a longer project, (I have done a few flash fiction projects where I do) but I don’t think in too much direction either as that inhibits the creative process.
Being reborn in the 21st century, Sabina must stop the apocalypse from happening in the 29th. Sabina is a gifted 18-year-old girl living in Sydney in the year 2037.
She carries a unique secret that she used to be the Chosen One, who failed to stop the apocalypse from occurring in the year 2887.
As she died, she asked The True Maker to let her be reborn in 2019 and to keep her powers.
After narrowly escaping being raped by the spoiled brat Joshua Harkins, Sabina has an epiphany: That it is time for her to set out on her mission to find the Primordial Zeto Crystal, also known as the Holy Grail.
Her quest takes her to Jerusalem where evil men are after the Holy Grail for their own nefarious purposes. Facing the conspirators, Sabina sets out on a dangerous journey to find and purify the magical artifact and stop it from falling into the wrong hands. But stopping evil is not an easy task, and what sacrifices must Sabina make to reach her goal, and will she be able to retain her innocence throughout the ordeal?