Meet Nancy Martin, author of 50 popular fiction novels in four genres.
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I’ve been mulling the “who would you invite to a dinner party” idea lately, so I’m cheating by mentioning more than one. I thought up a great guest list of adventurous women writers: Lady Hester Stanhope (How does a lady ride a camel?) Beryl Markham (Horses, airplanes, and Denis Finch Hatten!) Karen Blixen (How do you write in Africa?) Isabella Stewart Gardner (for her thoughts on art and general eccentricity.) And I’m adding Hillary Clinton, just because. It would be a lively party, I’m sure. But I’m not inviting Jane Austen (perhaps my fave) because I think she’d be shocked.
What advice would you give your younger self? Writing is good, but other art forms can inspire. Get out more.
What is your favorite resource for writers? Reading, reading, reading. And not just books. Nearly every day I open a New Yorker magazine, just for the wordsmithing.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your writing career?
Would it be pandering to say getting Pennwriters off the ground? But also hearing my mother talk about my mystery writing with great pride and enthusiasm. She didn’t feel that way when I was writing romance novels!
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Finish. I received that advice from someone at a crucial point in my first few months as a writer, and it has served me well ever since.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
All of it!
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant to your career.
I think re-inventing yourself is a key to the success of a long-term career in writing. I’ve done it twice, and I’m attempting it again right now. I started out writing historical novels, but when my children came along I had to find something to write that wasn’t so dependent on research (which had to be done in libraries back then) so I switched to romance. After a lucrative fifteen years I got bored with romance and knew I had to find something intellectually stimulating to write, which is when I turned to mysteries. Now that the mystery genre is changing, I find I must re-invent myself again. In addition to writing skills, resilience and persistence and flexibility are important qualities in anyone who wants a lifetime career in publishing.
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