Mike is currently Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers.
website & social links
Website → www.sgtwindflowermysteries.com
Twitter Link: → http://ww.twitter.com/mike54martin
Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
Christmas in Newfoundland is a collection of stories and mysteries, some fictional based on the character in my mystery series, Sgt. Windflower and some personal memories and recollections.
Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?
I have always been an indie person. I am not opposed to traditional publishing but I am too impatient to wait for their timelines and other processes.
How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?
The title always comes last, for me. I don’t even think about it until the book is finished the first major draft.
Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
We used a class of high school students who are in a visual arts program to produce illustrations for the book and choose one for the cover which embodied the essence of the stories.
Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
Mag Carson came to me via my publisher, Ottawa Press and Publishing.
How was your experience working with the designer?
I enjoyed working with her because she tries to capture the story behind the story in the cover.
What has been the readers’ response to your cover?
People who see it absolutely love it. It calls the reader to come inside and visit. That’s the whole purpose of the book.
What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?
Find someone who will help you think about the story behind the story, and not just try and give you a cookie-cutter design
Anything else you’d like to say about your book?
I hope you enjoy it!!
about the book
Christmas in Newfoundland is a special time. In the depths of long winter nights memories are made and stories are told. Of Christmas by candlelight and horse and buggy rides to church. Of shopping on Water Street in St. John’s before malls and the Internet.
In later years, Sgt. Windflower came to work and then to stay in the quiet town of Grand Bank by the Atlantic Ocean where the salt air froze in the wind and the Mounties were welcomed to warm themselves by every fire.
Come and warm yourself by the fire and hear their stories. Some memories and some mysteries. Enjoy some holiday time with Sgt. Windflower and all the familiar characters that you’d come to know and love. Good food, good friends and always another chair at the table.