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Mymcbooks Interview Author Martin King

March 1st 2010 is the morning I woke up and decided, “Hey I’m going to write a book.” Having already a degree in the art of idiotic ideas, at the time this had to be one of my all time craziest. The only books I had ever read were comic annuals and my literary skills ranged somewhere between zilch and diddly-squat.

 I spent most of my scholary time camped at the resident ice-cream van parked outside West Craven High School buying Wham bars and Jawbreakers, the latter being responsible for the large metal content in my mouth commonly known as fillings.

 I didn’t need books to captain a frigate on the seven seas or to be the next super hero – and if anyone tells you at the age of twelve I was spotted running down my street with a blanket tied around my neck, pretending to save the world – well okay, it’s true. But please don’t tell anyone.

 On paper my qualifications as a children’s writer are nonexistent. But that is the magic of your imagination. You don’t need people telling you what you can and can’t be when you grow up. You can be anything you want to be. And now, I’m an author – I think.

 Not that I wanted to be a writer of books. Born back in 1967, when I was growing up, boys only had three choices to choose from; fireman, an astronaut or a footballer. Being honest, I chose door number four. Now apparently it doesn’t exist, although your parents and teachers all refer to what lies beyond the other side with phrases such as ‘throwing your life away’, ‘becoming a dosser’ and such. The truth was I didn’t know what I wanted to be, until now. To read more click on the link

Martin King is the Author of Jack Hunter Secret of the King


I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

What is the last book you read? – Artemis Fowl and the Artic Incident’

What were your earliest memories of writing? – When I was seven, I won the best handwriting competition in my class and received a brand new fountain pen complete with ink cartridges.

What was your favorite children/teen book? – Tintin.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural? – It just sort of happened.

Are you working on a new book? – YES. The second Jack Hunter book.

What inspired you to write Jack Hunter Secret of the King and how did you come up with each character? – It’s revolves around a true story that happened to me when I was a kid. Let’s just say the character called Martin is loosely based upon myself.

What is the most difficult part of writing? – Learning new words.

Do you write full time or do you still have a day job? – I work full time as well.

How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block? – I’ve never suffered from writer’s block and the first bad review I received…I cried.

What do you hope that readers will take away from your book? – For young children I hope they can just have fun. Nowadays they are expected to grow up far too quickly. And adults…to remember what it was like to be young again!

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.? – To make sure I write every single day, even if it’s just 100 words.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read? – That is a tough one because no single child is the same. I don’t think you should force them to read a book. Maybe go to a book store and help them to select a book that is right for them, after all, if it is something they are interested in, and then they will want to read it.

What advice you would give to new writers? – Not to dream about being rich. Write for yourself and enjoy it.

Thank you for this interview.




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  1. Martin, I can see from your interview and personality your book will be a great read. I wish you many words with which to write. 🙂 I enjoyed reading this interview . What age group is your book geared for ?

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | March 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Carol,

      Thank you for your kind comments. It is aged for 7-12 year olds. It is a really fun read with an interactive game built into the book. Children really love it.


      Comment by Martin King | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. The interview is refreshingly honest — crying when there’s a bad review. I can easily see doing that myself. The review also indicates that Mr. King has a great (dry) sense of humor. I would love to read that in this Jack Hunter book. Yeah for Artemis Fowl!

    Comment by Mary Ann Woods | March 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Thanks for dropping by. I thought the review was positive. The book is truly ace and so much fun! Rather than an adult writing children’s story that comes across written by an adult, it is written with children in mind and almost from a child’s perspective.

      Happy to speak again if you have any more questions.

      Martin 🙂

      Comment by Martin King | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  3. Thanks for a great interview – you teach a good lesson about not growinf up too fast and enjoying reading and having fun! I look forward to more adventures for Jack.

    Comment by Teresa Young | March 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Teresa,

      The second Jack Hunter book is out in September. It’s going to be bigger, faster, packed with loads more action…but most importantly – fun, fun, fun!!!

      Comment by Martin King | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  4. I love the fact she said she writes everyday, I think its good for anybody to write even if they are not a writer, IT helps to write stuff down.

    Comment by Anne | March 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Anne,

      It’s all fun, fun, fun!

      Comment by Martin King | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  5. I like that the author writes daily, even if it’s just a little bit.

    Comment by domestic diva | March 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Domestic Diva,

      Just keep on writing…

      Comment by Martin King | March 12, 2012 | Reply

  6. Hello from Mumbai, India:
    Martin, this interview has really inspired me to pen a book. So far, I have sporadically entered into a few short story contests and won a few…..Okay, I am also a columnist with a financial newspaper, but this ain’t that fun!
    Starting this weekend, I shall write my first 100 words. Good luck with your book and happy writing.

    Comment by Lubna | March 14, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Lubna,

      Sorry I missed your comment. That is soooo amazing you want to write!!! Good luck with your project and please call back and tell us all about it. I’M DYING TO KNOW MORE 🙂

      All the very best,


      Comment by Martin King | March 23, 2012 | Reply

  7. I thought it was interesting that the book was based on an actual event. I would love to know if Martin ever found treasure in real life.

    Comment by Lily Kwan | March 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Lily, I looked for it on more than one occassion, but I’m afraid you are just going to have to read the adventure to find out…

      Comment by Martin King | March 29, 2012 | Reply

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