It’s Day 20 and we welcome Martin Reaves! A Fractured Conjuring sounds like a dark psychological thriller it would be easy to get lost in – but hopefully not as lost as the protagonist.
Down twisted corridors of thought, something waits. Over broken pathways of memory, it pursues. Though unseen, it is close enough to touch…
Critically-acclaimed author Chloe Sender is lost. Lost in an abusive past; lost within her fragmented mind. And she is lost within the pages of her own half-finished manuscript—a story she barely remembers writing that haunts her with every word, with every increasingly twisted sentence. Sleep-deprived and driven to complete the soul-destroying work, she begins to tear at the seams of her relationships. Her nightmares escalate in intensity and violence until she attempts to destroy the work for the sake of her sanity.
But just outside her consciousness there is someone else—some thing else that won’t be silenced. Shimmering at the periphery of her vision, capering through her nightmares and seeping into the pages of her manuscript, an ancient evil is in pursuit.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
As best I can recall, it was a short spooky piece titled “The Thing in the Closet,” written somewhere around the fourth or fifth grade, so I was maybe nine or ten years old at the time. I had forgotten about it until not long ago, when my mother (who saves absolutely everything) handed me the manuscript. It was written longhand, and stapled inside a black construction paper cover, complete with my own Crayon artwork depicting a drippy-bloody hand reaching from a closet.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
I think an evening with George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life) would be an evening well-spent. From my own work, I’d very much enjoy a quiet evening with Chloe Sender (A Fractured Conjuring)…but it may be too late for that.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Madness more than anything—specifically the fear that I could lose my own mind and somehow be aware it was happening.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
My favorite hero (currently) is Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear). Favorite villain, hands down, is Hans Gruber from Die Hard.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
Sitting down to do it.
What are you working on now?
On the front burner is a series (hopefully) of stories involving rural legends of the Midwest, specifically the Kansas area. I’m working with a very talented artist from the area who will provide original artwork for the stories.
Martin, a native of Los Angeles County, moved to Northern CA in 1993. Over the past thirty-five years he has written scores of short stories, plays, and dramatic sketches. And four novels: Relative Karma, Relative Sanity, the award-winning A Fractured Conjuring, and Rosebud Hill, Volume 1. Also available is the highly praised Dark Thoughts, a collection of short fiction. Many projects are on the horizon, including a sequel to A Fractured Conjuring, and a holiday entry in the Relative series entitled Relative Yuletide.
Relative Karma: http://tiny.cc/yl83dy
Relative Sanity: http://tiny.cc/2n83dy
A Fractured Conjuring: http://tiny.cc/7m83dy
Rosebud Hill, Volume 1: http://tiny.cc/bn83dy
Dark Thoughts: http://tiny.cc/xk83dy
Where to find Martin
Martin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mottlee/
Martin on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/martinreaves
Martin’s Blog: http://www.mottsruminations.com