Today book lovers I am going to be featuring an incredible author called Martin A. Lessem for my author spotlight. Lessem is an author whose work I love, recently I read and reviewed a book of his called A Cloud in the Desert and wow what an adventure! A Cloud in the Desert is a thrilling political/espionage novel that all readers of the genre will love, that is why I have to recommend it to you lovely readers to read and also to those that do not typically read the genre because I am sure Lessem will convert you! Before I continue I think it is only fitting that I let you readers know more about Martin A. Lessem.
Martin A. Lessem is a regulatory attorney by day and an author by night. Originally Swedish, he became a US citizen in his 30’s while still living in New Jersey. At some point, sanity gripped him and he moved to Massachusetts together with his cat. In his copious free time, Martin runs The Royal Manticoran Navy, which is a Science Fiction an Association and dances Amateur Ballroom together with his wife. He is a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and Manchester United, although his own sports ability lends itself more toward golf and flying when time permits. Normally he flies an Archer if he can find one, but has sign-offs for Complex and High-Performance Aircraft as well. His service to the Swedish Royal Navy as an Officer gave him some unique insights into how clandestine operations actually work. Currently, he lives in Lexington, MA with his wife, and their two cats.
How amazing does Martin sound book lovers?! I love how he is so well traveled and has such passions in life; these two factors make for the best writers! Here is a short Q&A between Martin and me and I hope so much that you enjoy it book lovers.
“A Cloud in the Desert” was a work of passion. I had long decided that I wanted to write a book and had begun working on a Science Fiction book, and then had a massive case of writer’s block. This eventually cleared, and when it did, I realized that I was not writing a Science Fiction book, but rather a Military/Espionage Thriller. The truth was that it was easier to draw upon my own past and experience as a Naval Officer and come up with a story that both felt like it could happen and at the same time, add some accuracy into the story as to how espionage works. Of course, there are liberties taken, and in some cases, the roles of many people are distilled into one or two people, but hopefully, this book will be fun to read and regardless of the background, people will enjoy it.
Never be afraid to second guess yourself. As I stated earlier, this book was originally supposed to be a Science Fiction book. I had gotten to about chapter 6 when I just got stumped. It took me almost a year to figure out how to get out of the corner I felt I had written myself into. The only part of the Science Fiction Book that remains is part of the first Chapter. No matter what you think when you hit a writing wall, never give up, and never be afraid to take a completely different path. Sometimes the book you are truly writing is not the book you think you are writing!
In a sense, I would say the same thing to my younger self as I would to aspiring writers. Never give up on your idea. Keep working on it, but remember, it is ok to put it down and take a break.
This is an easy one. Does even one person, other than yourself, find it fun and exciting? If the answer to that is yes, then you have written a book. It may not be critically acclaimed, but it is still a fantastic book, because you reached one person, and they enjoyed it.
I am currently working on the second novel in the Steven Frisk series, entitled “Ocean’s Apart” and it will likely come out toward the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019. In addition, I am working on a historical book on the History of the Documents that influenced the US Constitution which will likely come out in late 2019 or early 2020. There will then be at least one more Steven Frisk novel.
How wonderful are Martin’s answers book lovers! I am also excited by the fact that Martin is working on a second novel in the Steven Frisk series, this is going to be incredible to read and I am excited to do so when it is released. We are nearing the end of my author spotlight now but if you would like to learn more about Martin then please have a look at the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview of A Cloud in the Desert, you will not regret it!