Daniel Martinez, 19, is a self-published author and founder of International Publications. Martinez started International to publish his novels and offer book printing services to others. From the age of 14, Martinez has written 23 novels, hundreds of lyrics and poems and two plays. He hand-binds his books and sometimes works up to 14 hours a day on his writing. A fan of classic rock, poetry, history and Beowulf, Martinez brings his passion for the old into his new visionary fiction. He will promote his latest novel, How God Was Created, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Bookman's on Grant Road. Visit novelistdanielm.com for more information.
What made you want to become a writer?
Actually it started when Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out. There's a whole slew of Star Wars books out there. I read as many as I could. And when I read I, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole, I decided I could write a Star Wars book. So then I did. I was 14 at the time. ... (Later on), I had an idea of my own. It was so amazing, because I'd never had an idea of my own. That book was Man Without a Face. ... That's what really started it. At the time when I wrote that, I went to live with my mom (instead of my dad). Writing became for me an emotional outlet. Since then, my inspiration is life. That's why I want to be a writer. Life is all around. Sometimes, the emotions you feel because of that life--you have to get them out. That's what I do with my writing.
What is How God Was Created about?
It takes place in the fictitious Glenndale, Ariz., and revolves around a haunted white glass house. Satan offers Tucker a chance to rule an evil empire. In order to rule, Tucker must kill his parents. Because he loves his parents, he turns down Satan's offer. Since he denies the ultimate temptation, his soul reaches the divine spirit, and he becomes kind of like God, and that is how God is created.
Tell me more about the title.
I have come across a lot of people who are offended by that, because it makes people think that I am trying to imply how the almighty God, the Christian God, was created, when in fact, that's not what it is about. I was calling it a fantasy for some time, but I was talking to some writers, and they told me it was a visionary fiction, because it's a fiction in regard to religion. I was kind of rewriting religion, so that makes it visionary fiction.
What messages do you try to send through your writing?
It's about entertainment and getting away to another world. But I think personally that my characters find themselves. It's about finding your inner self and coming to peace with that.
Why did you decide to start your own publishing company?
When I first started writing, I read a book called How to Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book. It taught me a lot about the publishing world. Over time, I got published with different publishers--Publish America and Electric E Book Publishing. ... Since Publish America and Electronic E Book are print-on-demand companies, they don't really do much for you in the way of promotion. I was doing all the work anyway, so I decided, why not just do it myself? ... International is not just for me. I offer my services. I can make people books and publish them.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The fact that I can see the world without glasses. ... It's a release; it's an escape. It's almost like a drug. I have to write every day. And if I don't, I get pissy. It's like withdrawals.
Anything else you would like to say?
To aspiring writers, you should just write. ... I think outlining a fiction piece is the last resort of a fiction writer. If you have an idea, just write it. Don't think it out. Because if you think it out and figure it out before you write it, it will be done and over with. The idea will be dead. So while it's fresh and alive the first time in your mind, experience it on paper. ... I notice a lot of people asking questions: Is this the right sentence structure, the right word, the right paragraph? You don't need to worry about that on your rough draft. I write it all by hand, and then I type it out.
Really. Why do you write it on paper?
There's just a certain connection. It's more real. Back in 10,000 B.C., when writing first came around, to be a writer was to be next to the king. I think it's a noble profession. To write pen and paper--there's just a connection there that's not there with the computer.