Michael J. Martinez is a husband, father and writer living the dream in the Garden State. He spent nearly twenty years as a professional writer and journalist, including stints at The Associated Press and ABC News. After telling other people’s stories, he’s happy that he can now tell a few of his own, starting with The Daedalus Incident, his debut science fiction genre mashup novel from NSB, now Skyhorse. He enjoys beer and homebrewing, cooking and eating, the outdoors and travel. He can be found on Goodreads, Twitter as @MichaelMartinez72 and via his website at michaeljmartinez.net.
SFFWRTCHT: First things first, where’d your interest in speculative fiction come from?
Michael J. Martinez: I’m a card-carrying member of the Star Wars generation, and Trek besides. From there, it was a gateway to Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, etc. It’s been a life-long thing.
In episode 194 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Author Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident.
Michael is a husband, father and writer living the dream in the Garden State. He has spent nearly 20 years as a professional writer and journalist, including stints at The Associated Press and ABCNEWS.com. After telling other people’s stories for the bulk of his career, he is happy that he can now be telling a few of his own creations. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. When not being a husband, parent or writer, Michael enjoys beer and homebrewing, cooking and eating, the outdoors and travel. If you’re curious about their travels, his wife does a far better job of describing their adventures, so check out her blog at katrinawoznicki.com.
Michael J. Martinez is the author of The Daedalus Incident, out now in ebook and due out in trade paperback in July. He spent 20 years in journalism and communications, writing other people’s stories, until he finally got up the nerve to try writing one of his own. In addition to Daedalus, he’s also serializing a novella, The Gravity of the Affair, on his website, www.michaeljmartinez.net. And he tweets now and then: @mikemartinez72. He lives in northern New Jersey with his amazing wife, wonderful daughter, and The Best Cat in the World.[Photo by Anna Martinez]
By Michael J. Martinez
When I first approached writing The Daedalus Incident, I had yet to actually try my hand at any type of fiction, and I found the notion of historical fantasy oddly comforting. World-building can be very daunting, and I thought basing the book on the historical Age of Sail would make things easier.
And you know…it was. I had actual history to draw character and plot ideas from. I didn’t have to come up with a heap of odd fantasy-sounding names. I didn’t have to create my world from whole cloth.
But writing good historical fantasy has its own set of problems unique to the subgenre, and as I wrote and revised Daedalus, I came across a few things that I wrote down and kept in mind for future efforts – because, if all goes well, I’m hopeful The Daedalus Incident is just the first entry into this particular world.
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