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Today we welcome Mike Martin to The Writer's Life e-Magazine! Mike is the author of the new mystery novel, Better Safe Than Sorry. This interview is part of his Blog Tour by Pump Up Your Book. Enjoy!
 

Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand.

He is the award-winning author of the best-selling Sgt. Windflower Mystery series, set in beautiful Grand Bank. There are now 14 books in this light mystery series with the publication of Better Safe Than Sorry

Mike is Past Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers and a member of the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and Capital Crime Writers.

His latest book is the mystery, Better Late Than Never.

Author Links  

Website | Facebook | X (Twitter)

 


On writing:

There are many books out there....what makes yours different? 

The Sgt. Windflower Mysteries are different because they are more about the people and relationships and food and family than crime and mystery. I think they’re more fun!

Where is your book set and have you ever been there?

Grand Bank, Newfoundland on the easternmost tip of Canada. And yes, many times, including the month of August every year.

Do you have another profession besides writing? 

Communications consultant

What is your next project? 

Book 15 in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series

How are you similar to or different from your lead character?  

Sgt. Windflower is who I would like to be when I grow up. Kinder and more gentle.

In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like?  

Long

What is something you had to cut from your book that you wish you could have kept?  

Death of a character. Too hard on me and the readers

 

On rituals:

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?  

Just coffee. Lots of coffee.

Where do you write? 

At my desk every morning.

Do you write every day? 

1,000 words a day when I am writing a book

In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper? 

I wrote my first book longhand. Will never do that again. I still had to type cause no one will do it.


 

Fun stuff:

Favorite travel spot?  

Cuba

Favorite dessert?   

Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. What else?

Any hobbies? 

Walking and hiking and sports

What song is currently playing on a loop in your head?  

Mull of Kintyre. Wings

What is something that made you laugh recently?

Too many things… Internet memes  

What is your go-to breakfast item?  

Toast with peanut butter

What is the oldest item of clothing you own? 

Sports jacket from 30 years ago

Tell us about your longest friendship. 

My longest friendship is with my partner, Joan. She is my lifemate and soulmate.

What advice would you give to a first time writer? 

Write, share, read. Repeat.


 


 



Title: Better Safe Than Sorry

Author: Mike Martin

Publication Date: May 10, 2024

Pages: 251

Genre: Mystery

Winston Windflower is (sort of) enjoying his retirement from the RCMP in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, happily spending time with his young family, but feeling a little restless. Corporal Eddie Tizzard is running the Marystown detachment and struggling with the demands of the role while his own family grows. When a new kind of drug threatens the community, a body (the wrong body) is found dead in a hearse, and then another drug-connected mysterious death occurs, Tizzard knows he’s dealing with a deadly menace in their quiet, close-knit community.

Windflower finds himself inexorably (and not unhappily) drawn back into the action, first in an unofficial role to help snare the dealers and then back to active duty in a community that desperately needs his steady hand and good judgement. 

Our favorite Mountie, Sgt. Windflower and his fellow courageous cops in small-town Grand Bank, Newfoundland are back to fight a new threat in this compelling page-turner. Award-winning author, Mike Martin once again brings us a stirring story, blending down-home Newfoundland charm with the warmth of family life. 

You can pick up your copy at Amazon.



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