“There hasn’t been a writer in this genre to leave an imprint as powerful as Martin since Rowling. Yes, cookie cakes, that Rowling. J.K. Rowling. Marie Lu came semi-close with her Legend series, but semi-close is like the color beige – it’s just there. But when a vibrant color like turquoise or aquamarine – nope, not the same color, cookie cakes, not at all – comes along, beige blends into the background and tastes as bland as tapioca. Martin is turquoise. Martin is aquamarine. However, Martin is not Rowling. Martin is Martin – Kristen Martin.” – Diane Morasco
With her exhilarating debut novel, The Alpha Drive, the gifted Kristen Martin has become the new Princess of Fantasy. The first installment of THE ALPHA DRIVE trilogy is a dazzling realm brimming with breathtaking adventures, compelling characters and theatrical storytelling to propel you to magical heights that will delight your spirit.
Martin is an avid reader and writer of all things young adult, science fiction, and fantasy living in Houston, Texas. Although she originally wanted to go the “creative route” in college via a Journalism or Creative Writing degree, she somehow ended up with a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. While these topics interest her, they do not “give her all the feels” the way writing does. And so her writing journey began.
Kristen loves connecting with other writers via social media, writers’ conferences, workshops, and school visits. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, gardening, reading, and relaxing on her pontoon boat. She loves connecting with other writers and readers via YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, so be sure to reach out!
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?
To be patient with myself. Instant gratification and writing do not always go hand in hand. There will be some days where you’ll sit down at the computer to write and absolutely nothing will come to mind; other days, you won’t be able to get the ideas and words onto the page fast enough. Writing is about the journey, not the destination.
How has this helped you as a writer?
It has taught me to be patient with myself and my journey and to trust that I’m on my own unique path for a reason. No one else will have the exact same path as me and that is truly something to behold. It’s also helped me to cut myself a little slack when things don’t go according to plan (and I’m definitely a planner!)
Mac or PC?
I prefer Mac, and that’s what I primarily use to write; however, for editing, I use a PC. Since I format my own books in Word, I prefer to use a PC since things can be a little wonky with Word on Mac.
Do you use Word or Scrivener?
I am admittedly intimidated by Scrivener, so I use Word. I will try Scrivener one day because I’ve heard it’s amazing, especially to keep all of your characters and ideas in one place without having to open a thousand separate documents.
Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?
I do have an iPad, but I rarely use it. I tend to jot things down in the Notes function of my phone, but I’m still a big fan of good ol’ fashioned pen and paper.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes. When I’m in my home office, I always brew myself a cup of English breakfast tea, light my favorite (and sadly discontinued) Bath & Body Works Candle, Apple Flower, throw my headphones on and start up my favorite playlist. I also take a few minutes to browse some inspirational writing quotes on Pinterest to get me motivated. If I’m writing anywhere else, I don’t really have a ritual, although I always try to have a coffee or tea close by.
Do you start by writing or researching first?
It really depends on the scene. Most of the time, I’ll just start writing and if I need to research something in the middle, I’ll stop right then and there and do it, otherwise it’s very likely I’ll forget!
Favorite spot to write in the winter?
If I can find a nice park bench or sit outside somewhere to enjoy the cool weather, that’s usually my first pick. If not, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, or my home office.
Favorite spot to write in the summer?
Inside with A/C! Again, my home office is great, but sometimes I like to switch it up by going to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, or a local library.
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