Monday, December 2, 2019

Q&A with 'Christmas in Newfoundland' Mike Martin

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the Darkest Before the Dawn which won the Bony Blithe Award in 2019. A new book in the series, Fire, Fog and Water is being released in October.
Mike is currently Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers.

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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

From the author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mysteries comes “Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries,” a welcome addition to the Sgt. Windflower family of books.

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.

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