I’m happy to feature D. Martin on my blog today, author of science-fiction novel “A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Map of West”. Welcome!
Hello! Thank you for asking me to drop by today.
Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
A Navigator’s Tale: The Arcane Book of West is an adventure and romance story set in a futuristic universe. It’s the story of merchant starship navigator, Hanna Baskira, and how she became ensnarled within a secretive trade ship captain’s intersystem intrigue.
There’s irony in her situation, because Hanna doesn’t trust the military, but circumstances herd her right into a military situation. She’s trapped into cooperating with the enigmatic Captain West, and then reassessing her distrust about the intersystem military force.
What was your inspiration for A Navigator’s Tale?
Work. I was pushed (more like trapped) into a work project that evolved into a complex undertaking. It was paved with hidden agendas, unpleasant surprises, and tight deadlines. The project required me to take countless leaps of blind faith. It often felt like I was building a spaceship from junk yard metal scraps and then learning how to fly it on an empty tank. I also was adjusting to a new house and community after selling the family’s first home—all combined with the entire moving process. Hanna’s story found me in the midst of the chaos and allowed me to divert the angst. It also helped me to withstand the unknown.
So, I guess you could say in a nutshell that work stress inspired this book idea. I decided to have a little fun with the idea when I wondered what work stress in a futuristic society might be like for a single woman working in a non-traditional role. In Hanna’s case, as a ship navigator-pilot.
What message do you want readers to get from reading the book?
If it helps readers to survive a stressful day or trying times, then I’m happy! My book is space opera—and although it incorporates undercover military operations and government rebels, no hidden agendas lurk within. The book was meant as pure escape—much like a movie or video game. Only with a bit more dimension, I hope.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
Hanna, my main character was my favorite. The story was told from her perspective. I had fun exploring her quirky characteristics, resilience, and her peculiar alter-sensing abilities. I loved her strange blend of pragmatic optimism, vulnerability, and courage, despite experiencing personal tragedy in her teen years. It was fun pitting her against brusque Captain West.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. The story you thought would be ‘The One’ might not make it to press, but it will build the foundation for your next book that could very well catch an editor’s attention. You never know.
Thank you for having me here. I enjoyed telling you a bit about my book and what went into its creation.
About the Book
Author: D. Martin
A dangerous man and an unbelievable offer—she should have run….
Starship navigator Hanna Baskira is entangled in a job contract with a hostile merchant-trader who doesn’t trust women pilot-navs. Captain West has hidden agendas. He’s also the commander of an elite military crew. They’re the intersystem government’s secret weapons—and the captain is the most dangerous weapon of all.
He plans on using Hanna in his espionage against an intersystem rebel network, but the captain has a thing about sharing plans…. And she has trust issues with the military.
If she wants to survive her new job, Hanna must trust the unpredictable captain of secrets and resist her attraction to him.
Martin likes science and finding out how things work. She has a science degree from Eastern Illinois University, where modern dance and creative writing also caught her interest. Her professional career as science researcher has ranged from biochemistry to industrial chemistry applications. She retired to pursue a lifelong dream to write.
She believes a person can never have too many books. She reads everything, but is fond of Sci-Fi fantasy and romance. She’s a sporadic gardener, who’d rather write than pull weeds. World cultures and their foods fascinate her. She loves Sci-fi movies. She once wanted to be an astronomer and adores the NASA app on her phone.
She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, who are both very understanding when she’s off the planet writing.
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