It’s the eight day of the Lakewater Press holiday blog hop and we hope you’re enjoying these introductions to the team.
We’re a diverse bunch spread across Australia, the United States and the UK.
Today the spotlight is on Oklahoma-based RL Martinez, author of the magical Witchbreed fantasy series and one of the first authors to sign to Lakewater Press.
Book one In the Blood was published in 2016 and book two Beneath the Skin followed earlier this year.
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.
Today’s interviewee: author RL Martinez
Your blog (url): https://robinLmartinez.com
Where do you live? Central Oklahoma
What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Meh, Oklahoma is tricky. So, I’d say about 50%, just to be on the safe side.
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? When I was a teen, we started having two holiday celebrations. On Christmas Eve my mom would cook a big Asian-inspired meal: gyoza, teriyaki steak kebobs, and lots of desserts. We were permitted to open one present that night and then we would play board games (Monopoly mostly). It actually was more fun than Christmas Day!
Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes! but I can’t have eggs any more so now it’s a wailing NOOOOOOO!
Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Uh… gift bags all the way. I’m horrible with gift wrap
Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? One year I received a blue duffel bag (with yellow straps) filled with books. I believe The Neverending Story (all-time favourite) and Matilda (another favourite) were among the offerings.
What is your earliest book-related memory? I actually remember writing my own book when I was in elementary school. Our teacher gave out thin, white blank books and I wrote (and illustrated) a story about a black horse.
I’ve still got it somewhere.
Do you write/work during the holidays? Sure. Since moving to Oklahoma, we don’t have any family nearby. So our holidays are very low key and casual.
Can you share what you’re working on now? Book 3 of the Witchbreed series
What are your goals for 2018? I have a lot of WIPs to finish. Projects that I’ve been putting off.
I have one contemporary fantasy romance novel that is finished and just needs to be cleaned up. I also have a fantasy-romance featuring dragons that I’ve been trying to finish for years now. And several other books that have pieces written but nothing more.
My ultimate dream goal would be to break into the romance genre.
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