Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Award winning author J.R. Turner about Martin Bartloff
By: J.R. Turner
I want to share with everyone a little story about Martin and me :)
Martin and I met more than two years ago. I've worked with many authors on their first novels over the decade I've been writing seriously. Some people come to me with little more than an idea, others came to me with books half a million words long (I'm not kidding.) In between there were non-fiction authors, memoirists, and even a poet a two. The challenges they offered me, in my quest to ensure I was offering the best advice possible for their vision of their work, helped me grow immensely as an author and help me grasp the nuances of many different genres. Martin, however, had two things I'd never seen before: a book that was nearly impossible to peg in any genre, and a level of passion for the storytelling that I have rarely encountered.
Many of you have seen the red flags in aspiring authors--those little tale tells hat give away their chances of becoming successful as an author. The largest for me is a lack of the maturity to understand your own personal flaws and accept them as part of who you are, or have allowed yourself to become. Martin showed incredible insight and a surprising, intuitive sense for his young adult characters--most likely because he's young at heart :)
Between his passion, this unique story, and that level of insight--I found his book was a project that excited me as well. His enthusiasm was and is contagious. I think as he learns the ropes, absorbs more about the processes of networking and marketing, and continues to grow as an author, there won't be any stopping him. I'm thrilled to have him with us, and honored to be considered his friend.