Martina is a technical writer by day and a creative writer by night. She holds an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Hating Michael Bublé. She grew up reading comic books and watching stand-up, and now writes genre-bending sci-fi and fantasy stories. She likes her humor like she likes her font colors: #000000.*
*Her hobbies include writing alienating hex code jokes.
Did you come up with these questions yourself?
Wow. I'm shocked that you think I would do that, self.
Who are your biggest influences?
In terms of comedy, Tina Fey. In terms of writing, Douglas Adams and Joss Whedon (yes, I know he's a douche).
So you're going to kill everyone's favorite characters?
What's your writing process?
I can't work unless I'm under pressure, so my process is to hire a cover designer, editor, or other professional and then panic, not wanting to disappoint them by missing a deadline.
Why do you have an omniscient narrator? Don't you know that's passé?
Because omniscience is a great way to play characters' expectations against each other for a laugh. Maybe you're passé.
Do I have to read [Book] to understand [Other Book]?
Not if I did my job right. If you read my books in publishing order, there's some character development and running jokes you'll appreciate, but you should find any one book comprehensible on its own.
You're not married to any one genre in particular, are you?
Not even a little. For my next trick I'd like to make a coloring book or a shitty choose-your-own-adventure story. I've also got in mind a high fantasy series I'm tentatively calling Dragons & Woe.
Why do you hate Michael Bublé?
If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.
I noticed you make pop culture references in your books. Do you like Ready Player One?
I sure don't.
<Insert 13-page essay about the difference between including a few pop culture references and basing an entire series around giving people warm feelings of nostalgia>
I have another question!
Use the contact form, yo.