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Interview with Margot Martin



She was born in the South. Raised in Europe. Educated in Europe and the USA. Leadership executive in TV broadcasting, global entrepreneur, and creator of Inside Wine. She is a poet and literary fiction writer.


Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
A.
 I'm a gourmet chef as a hobby and a great baker.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books?
A.
A book of poems up next called The Magic Room after my thriller Human Resources is fully launched. Then a sequel to Human Resources called Human Longings.

Q.3 When did you decide to write Human Resources?
A.
25 years ago. I wrote the first draft but was so busy with my global brand Inside Wine I just started an edit in 2020.

Q.4 How do you come up with the name of your book?
A.
In the big corporate world we are just resources. There is very little humanity in how humans are treated as we are just a means to an end.

Q.5 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A.
Each project has its era. The timing of this book could not be more perfect. Although the first draft was written 25 years ago it’s about the abuse of power so very timely right now. Very ironic how things work out!!

Q.6 How do you select the name of your characters?
A.
Just pop in my head based on their character.

Q.7 Who designed your book cover?
A.
I had the creative idea of exactly what I wanted. The ominous hand with the five characters dangling from it. And graphic designers in Arizona made it come to life.

Q.8 How long does it take you to write a book?
A.
Clearly in book one 25 years. Book of poems gathered over my lifetime. But the next novel should take a couple of years as it will get all my focus.

Q.9 What were your feelings when your novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
A.
Sheer delight!

Q.10 Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
A.
My work is emotional and powerful and hopefully creates dialogue and thought.

Q.11 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A.
I work in chaos. I have five rescue dogs who swirl around me.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
A.
I have never experienced it.

Q.13 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A.
I believe in reincarnation and wrote this book in a man's voice.

Q.14 What kind of writers or thinkers most influenced your thinking about bio fiction?
A.
Pat Conroy, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway.

Q.15 How does your family/friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
A.
Thrilled for me.

Q.16 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
A.
No. It pours out from the ether

Q.17 For those who are new to this biographical fiction kind of writing, can you recommend a place to start?
A.
Listen to your inner voice snd trust it. Write every day snd write down thoughts as they come to you. You won’t remember. Put it on paper.

Q.18 Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
A.
Talk show and dog rescue.

Q.19 Can you clarify how biographical fiction can help us to understand and negotiate the relationship between truth and fiction in the twenty-first century?
A.
Our lives are our education. Mine it for all it’s worth. We have great knowledge to share and in it are roadmaps and lessons.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A.
 It's been a wild, crazy, emotional, experiential, fun yet tragic challenging ride.

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