Mike Martin was born in
The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home, which was shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web was released in 2017 and the newest book in the series is Darkest Before the Dawn.
Did you like mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels when you were growing up?
I loved the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift, a British young boy's series that had lots of adventures and they always had a bag of sweets. Later, I loved Stephen King, until he scared me too much.
What was the first story in that genre that you wrote?
I never wrote horror, but mystery remained a favorite. My first mystery was The Walker on the Cape, the first book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series.
What is your favorite part of writing in this genre?
I love the idea of discovering a crime like a murder and then taking the time to not just solve the crime, but to explore why people do these kind of things in the first place.
What do you find most difficult about writing in this genre?
There are some general rules that you have to follow that sometimes stop the flow, but it's also that readers are very smart and point out any errors or mistakes that they find. You have to find a hook or something different every time you kill someone, especially in a series.
Is there an author in this genre that you admire most?
Louise Penny is an author that many of us admire and few of us can hope to live up to. She has created characters and a world that we would all like to live in.
What is up next for you?
I have started a new book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series and I'm also working on an audio book for The Walker on the Cape. Both will be out this year sometime.
Do you have anything to add?
Thank you very much for your interest. Keep reading and I will keep writing.