Author Interview: Martin Lundqvist

Martin Lundqvist Books (The Divine Zetan Trilogy) Artwork

First off tell me about yourself?
I am a Swedish man, who have been living in Sydney, Australia for the last six years together with my partner Elaine and our pet animals. I am working as hospitality attendant and a soccer referee and am looking to get an office job. Interests apart from writing books is playing sports, hiking in nature, travelling overseas and playing video games.

Now tell me about some of your favourite authors and why you like them?

I like Tolkien because he made a great effort at writing a detailed world and a wondrous story in Lord of the Rings, although I find Silmarillion by him to be unreadable. I also like George RR Martin, mostly because his books ended up being such a great TV show.

Tell me about anything you’ve written and please feel free to provide links?

So, I have written three full-length novels.

James Locker is a crime story / crime satire that takes place in present time in Sydney.

The Divine Dissimulation is a science fiction book that takes place in the far future and The Divine Sedition is the sequel to The Divine Dissimulation. Out of my three finished books, I think that The Divine Sedition is the best book. It has better pacing than its prequel and it contains an interesting array of characters and an enticing plot. A third book a final book is planned for The Divine Zetan Trilogy, but its due date is not confirmed.

All of my books are available on Amazon, in fact you can click here, here and here for the complete Divine Zetan Trilogy. You can also find my books in various other online book shops, but for all the cheapskates out there I would recommend you to download the books for free from my website.

What is your writing process like?

My writing process is that I write when I feel like it and have the time. For all of my projects I start writing a general plot outline so I have a general direction where the plot is going. Then I make changes and write the plot as it comes. I tend to write the whole book and then do the editing at the end as I find that it cripples creativity if you are too obsessed with exact wording and grammar. Besides I am writing genre fiction and not literary fiction so the exact wording is not that important, as long as the text flows and the plot makes sense.

What market/demographic do you write for?

As it has turned out this far, I have essentially only been writing for myself. My ideal market would be to entice a Hollywood producer to make movies of the books. Then again, I don’t like the screenplay format as it almost unreadable in book form, so I write in the normal novel format. The ideal reader for most of my books is any adult.

What genre do you tend to write in?

So, my full-length books have been two science fiction books and one crime thriller. I have also tried my hand at writing a children’s book, satire and even a few poems.

Are you working on anything right now?

So, I have two writing projects at the moment. I got started on the final part of my science fiction trilogy but got unmotivated due to the lack of interest from my environment. So, I have started up another project Space Gods: The Parody where I am essentially taking the piss with my other books, parodying them. Hopefully a novella format parody is just what I need to get the other ones read.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Well strictly speaking novel writing is a financial loss for most people that get involved in it, so see it as a hobby until you can actually make money from it. Keep your day jobs and then write instead of doing other unproductive activities like watching TV etc.

What does literary success look like to you?

Success for me would be to have my books made into movies and then sell a lot of copies so I can live from my writing. I would much prefer quantitative recognition i.e a lot of sold copies, than qualitative recognition i.e a Nobel prize on my death bed.

What’s the best way to market your books?

I am not the right person to answer that.

And last questions, how do you deal with writer’s block?

I do something else until I feel like writing again. But honestly writer’s block has never been an issue for me.


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