Friday, October 11, 2013

Five on Friday - Martyn Waites

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all had a nice week. We've been having some grand weather here in Northeast Ohio so I'm trying to take advantage of it. The wicked white stuff will be here before we know it, so I've got to enjoy while I can.

Speaking of enjoy, I'm finishing up John Connolly's The Creeps, and while I've been chastised--via footnotes, no less--in the book for reading it out of order, I'm loving it. So funny and rather appropriate for the time of year. Another addition to my younger reader coverage. More to come on that, but what are you reading that's really great right now?

If you're pondering the what to read question, of course you can always look at the reviews here. I love when you find something that piques your interest, but in addition, Pop Culture Nerd has the Nerdy Special List for October posted. You can see what I'm recommending for October (in addition to The Creeps, of course). I'll also be catching up on more reviews next week and FINALLY getting to the last Bouchercon report. I know, I'm so slow. I apologize.

How about some contests for this week?

Criminal Element has a variety of contests going on for all ages, so check out the sweepstakes page.

And Friday Reads has a couple of nice books you can win this week as well.

O.k. on to the fun stuff. I was very persistent because I reeeeeeeally wanted Martyn Waites to participate in Five on Friday. I'm such a fan of his work writing both as Martyn and with his wife as Tania Carver. So I'm over the moon that he's hanging out today.

Later this month Martyn has a book releasing in the U.K. that is a pretty big deal. He was wrangled in to write the sequel to Susan Hill's The Woman in Black. So his addition is The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. He's also the author of the Joe Donovan crime series, the Stephen Larkin crime series, and as Tania Carver he writes the Brennan and Esposito series.

Martyn has also worked as an actor and he has narrated his Joe Donovan books. So if you want to experience a little of Martyn's sound, you can do so that way. But for now, I'm thrilled to share with your his responses for Five on Friday:

Martyn looks pretty happy here!

The TV show I absolutely can’t miss is Breaking Bad. It’s the best thing on TV. Acting, directing, writing, everything. Set design, costume, the lot. The nearest thing to a perfect piece of drama I’ve ever seen.

Happiness is something other people seem to have the knack of doing. I’m kind of melancholic by nature but I try to hide it well. I thought that being a published writer would make me happy. But every step on the journey just brought a new set of obstacles to climb over.

My favorite vegetable is parsnip. Do you have them in the States? I’m sure you do. Root vegetable, like a yellow carrot but beautiful when they’re honey roasted.

The fictional character that most reflects my personality is Batman. Not so much for the dressing up and hitting people, but more for the taking bad experiences and trying to turn them into something positive. Or at least chathartic.

The #1 item on my bucket list right now is get the next novel written. Very, very boring I know. But if I don’t get it written then I can’t come out to play. That’s it. I don’t actually have a bucket list. Honest. I know people want to swim with dolphins and all that but I’m not that way inclined. 

Well then, I'm off to find some parsnips. I hope you've enjoyed Martyn's contribution to our fun series. Thanks so much to Martyn for not throttling me for my persistence and for sharing with us today.

Hope you all have a super wonderful weekend. And I hope you have great books to keep you company. Ta-ta!

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