Saturday, May 23, 2020

Author's Interview with Martin Ferguson

So let's start our Authors Interview with an introduction. 
1. Could you please introduce yourself to us?
My name is Martin Ferguson and I am the author of the YA adventure series Relic Hunters. I live in Norwich, England, am a keen runner and footballer and of course writing.
2. Congratulations on your book. So what inspired you to write this book?
I was brought up on tales of legends and myths. King Arthur, Robin Hood, the Trojan Horse, the Pharaohs of Egypt. I always knew that one day I would write my own stories and that they would involve these myths. With Blood of the Dragon the myth this time is vampires, with of course the most famous of them all, Dracula, being the focus.
3. What is the book all about?
Relic Hunters is a Young Adult adventure series, drawing on the myths and legends of different time periods and blending them with thrill-seeking action in the modern age. Book Four: Blood of the Dragon: An urgent plea for help leads Adam Hunter and the Relic Hunters to the ruins of Poenari Castle in Romania. In the former home of the most infamous mass-murderer in history, Vlad the Impaler, they find that history and myth collide more than ever before. As their actions lead to the return of an evil long-thought banished to the pages of fiction, Adam and his team soon find that they are not the hunters, but the hunted. The darkness pursues them across the globe and nowhere, not even the British Museum itself, is safe. One by one they fall until only Adam remains, facing the horrifying wrath of the Blood of the Dragon alone. Can he save his friends and survive the greatest fight of his life or has Adam’s luck finally run out? 
4. Why did you choose this genre for your book?
For me it was always going to be adventure writing. I guess in a way it is wish fulfilment to travel the world and live out these adventures. 
5. How much time did it take to complete this book?
It took six months to pull together the storyline, the endless research and then to finally write down the book. My books tend to take a little longer than should as each entry in my Relic Hunters series is two entwined stories and hence takes twice as long to write. 
6. What makes your Book Special?
My series is special in that each entry in the series is two entwined stories. The first is of Adam Hunter in the modern setting, investigating the myth, legend or relic. The second entry is the historic story, giving an origin to the myth or treasure. The main characters from these historic storylines have been a Roman Centurion, Egyptian Queen, a British soldier in the second world war and, in the newest book, Vlad the Impaler.
7. When is your second book coming?
EDIT QUESTION TO BE 'NEXT BOOK' The next book in the series is actually already written. I cannot reveal too much about as it will give away a few plot points from Blood of the Dragon, but what I can reveal is that the era of history Adam Hunter and his team will be investigating will be Ancient Greece and the many myths of those times, chief among them being the Trojan War. This will be the most ambitious book in the series yet.
8. While writing did you get any writer's block? What is the Tip that you will give others who are facing a writer's block?
I often get writers block before beginning a new book. The best way I have found to get around this is to write something completely different - a short story nothing to do with the main project you should be working on. Once this gets my writing going I find it much easier to overcome whatever hurdles were blocking me.
9. Apart from being a talented author, what are your other hobbies?
I enjoy running, football and going to the cinema. I did suffer a terrible knee injury a few years ago and was told by surgeons that I would never run or play sport again. I ignored the advice and retrained myself so that I could be as active as possible. The knee still gives me a lot of problems, but I have returned to playing football and last year I completed the London Marathon for the British Heart Foundation.
10. Last but not the least, How did you feel, while giving this interview?
This interview was good and some interesting questions that got me thinking. Thank you for your time.
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