Words with Martin Bolton, co-author of "The Best Weapon"

Can you tell us a little bit about "The Best Weapon"

The Best Weapon is the story of two young men, born on the same day on opposite ends of the world and into two vastly different cultures, who are inexorably drawn together by forces outside their control or understanding.

As they come of age and face their own personal trials, they begin to become aware of their true identities. Driven by dark forces, their shared fate draws them on a journey to the center of The World Apparent, where their enemies gather in wait.

As their world slides into war and chaos, they discover there is much more to The World Apparent than meets the eye, and glimpse the other worlds that lie beyond the physical plane. Created and manipulated by demonic forces, they must seize control of their destiny, conquer their fears, vanquish their enemies and prevent the very disaster they are supposed to bring about. But first they must learn that the power to do so lies within...

What's your background with writing?

Before I met David Pilling in roughly 2007 at the Tate Archive (where we both worked), I spent most of my time writing small pieces of nonsense, mainly just for the amusement of my friends. I posted a few surreal and ridiculous blogs on MySpace. When I met David, he encouraged me to try and write a serious short story, so I wrote a nightmarish, gratuitously violent story called The First Day.

It was a bit raw, but he seemed to like it, and we got talking about co-writing a fantasy novel over a few beers. That's when we came up with the idea for The Best Weapon.

Who are your inspirations/influences?

My influences tend to change and evolve over time, but the ones that stay with me and really inspire my way of writing are Robert E Howard, H.P. Lovecraft and Bernard Cornwell.

The writers I have recently been reading and taking a lot from are Rafael Sabatini, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Joe Abercrombie and Charles Bukowski, to a name a few. I take something from every writer I read. I enjoy reading almost as much as writing and I think it is important for any writer to read as much as possible. After all, my love of writing was born of my love of reading.

Who was responsible for the cover/book design?

The cover is by More Visual. We had a vision of what we wanted the cover to look like and I did a very scruffy sketch and sent it to More Visual. They pretty much nailed it first time. They also do the covers for David's historical fiction books.

What are you doing in terms of marketing/publicity?

We've done a few interviews on various blogs and we're trying to take advantage of social media as much as possible with Twitter and the Bolton and Pilling Fantasy Fictionfacebook page. We also gave away three paperback copies on Goodreads.

We have several four and five star reviews on Amazon and a few different fantasy blogs and websites, but you can't have too many reviews and I'm now looking for reviewers.

What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?

Bolton the Writer. I mainly talk about my writing on my blog, I do the odd author interview and occasionally I'll post a short story. You will also find artwork posted, as and when I complete a piece. I document my dreams too, whether they're sleeping dreams or day dreams. I find I have particularly vivid dreams and for some reason my memory of them often seems to remain clear, this may be a result of irritable bowel syndrome as discomfort and sometimes pain in my stomach seems to disturb my dreams.

What projects do you have planned for the future?

We have written a sequel to The BestWeapon, titled The Path of Sorrow, and it will be released later this year. We are currently working on a third epic fantasy novel set in The World Apparent, but further to the east and with a whole new cast of characters and new cultures and landscapes. I can't say much more about it and this stage and we're still discussing the title.

I also write a short story every month for The 900 Club, a group of four writers who each write a 900 word short story and post them on the blog  on a monthly basis.

Those two things take up most of my time but I am also working on some artwork and potentially starting a new t-shirt business using some of my designs. So I have plenty to keep me out of trouble!

Is there anything else about you we should know?

You can see some of my artwork here. I mainly work in ink (dot drawings) and pencil.

Thanks for coming by Martin!  Pick up "The Best Weapon" at Amazon here!

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