ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF TEN BOOKS SHARES STRATEGIES FOR DYNAMIC CHARACTERS AND PLOTS
A Lee Martinez has authored of ten acclaimed novels including Divine Misfortune, Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest, and Chasing the Moon. For his debut novel Gil’s All Fright Diner, he won the Alex Award, which is given to adult fiction that possesses special appeal to younger readers.
Martinez’s work mixes dynamic world-building with whimsical, hilarious, and touching storytelling. Martinez’s The Automatic Detective is one of my favourite books. It’s a noir crime thriller about a robot designed to destroy humanity, but he just doesn’t feel like it, so he drives a cab. But the work succeeds because it’s far more than just wacky—it’s got heart, and characters we can love.
In this episode of MF GALAXY, Martinez discusses:
- The reasons why so many fans and teachers of so-called literary fiction dismiss the importance of plot
- His approach to characterisation on the invention versus reflection spectrum
- The skillset required for effective revision, and the dangers of excessive revision
- What it’s like working with an editor
- The Dallas Fortworth writers’ workshop he frequents and why he does
- His approach to wordplay and literary style, including the creation of dialogue, and
- The art of world-building vs. the excesses of “world-porn,” and the world-building approach Martinez used in the robot-noir novel The Automatic Detective
We began by discussing the craft of plotting and the dangers of hewing too closely to an outline.
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