Sunday, 2 September 2018

Interview with Martin Lundqvist

Joining me today is Martin Lundqvist, author of The Divine Zetan Trilogy, Matt's Amazing Week and James Locker: The Duality of Fate.

Hi Martin, welcome to Just Books.

Would you like to kick off by telling us a little about yourself and your background, please?
I am Swedish man living in Sydney, Australia since 2012. I graduated university in 2009, and have done a few different jobs since then. I write as hobby as I like the feeling of creating something compared to mindlessly staring at the TV. My other hobbies are soccer, travelling and hiking in the wild.

How did your journey as a writer begin?
I used to write blogs about my life and things I did when I was younger. That eventually stopped interesting me as I felt that my life wasn’t interesting enough to keep talking about. So a friend suggested that I wrote a novel instead, as that would give me creative freedom. I wrote the crime story James Locker back in 2013. In 2016 I decided to start writing again and I started working on the first instalment of the Divine Zetan Trilogy, The Divine Dissimulation. I finished that in October 2017 and proceeded to write its sequel, The Divine Sedition, which I finished in July this year.
Apart from these books, I have also written a children’s book called Matt’s Amazing Week, and a parody novella on The Divine Dissimulation, that goes under the title Divine Space Gods: Abraham’s follies.

What gets your creative juices flowing?
I guess creativity has never been a problem for me. I don’t write every day as I have work and other commitments. As I am not paid to write I have never suffered from writer’s block when writing a novel as I think that is because of too much internal pressure.

What do you enjoy most about writing
The thing I enjoy the most is that I feel a sense of achievement and that my partner doesn’t bug me for wasting my time.

Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.
I would say at home when I am writing novels. Back when I was in university it was definitely one of the computer rooms at the university, as university essays were quite boring to write and I tended to get distracted when I didn’t dedicate time and attention to them.

Where do you find your inspiration?
While I am not actively looking for inspiration, I would say that I am probably mostly inspired by movies and video games. I like reading answers on Quora and watch YouTube documentaries as well.

Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I usually work on writing a plot outline first but I only use it as guidance and don’t follow it slavishly. I think it’s important to have a sense of direction for where the plot is going to end.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
The names are not that important. I just Google and look around for suitable names, but it’s nothing I spend much time pondering about.

How many books have you written? Which was the most fun to write?

I have written 5 books in total. I liked writing The Divine Sedition, as I felt that the plot came along well during the entire process. Apart from that Divine Space Gods was fun to write, because it was a parody, but I struggled to come up with enough funny plot points as I am not a comedian.

When you consider your future, what would you like to make happen for you?
I would like to get a better job, as my career is a bit stuck. If I could get my books published that would be great as I then could go on long holidays while still being productive and making a living.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I work, play sports, watch movies, travel or play video games.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
It varied and I don’t think I had any specific dreams when I was a child.

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
I would probably want to travel to a distant future, if time travel was possible. The history we already know about but the future is unknown and more interesting.

What movie or book character are you most similar to?
Many people say I have a physical resemblance to Daniel Craig who portrays James Bond, so appearance wise James Bond.
Out of characters featured in my own books, I am probably the most similar personality-wise to Adam Smith from James Locker and appearance-wise most similar to Bjorn Muller from The Divine Sedition

What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?
Warning for oral diarrhoea

And finally...a quickfire ‘this or that’ round:

  • Ocean or Mountains?

  • Pancake or Waffle? 

  • Tablet or Computer? 

  • Jogging or Hiking?

  • Couch or Recliner? 

Thank you for joining us, Martin. Have a good day!

**James Locker is FREE - until 5th September**

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