Author: Mike Martin
Narrator: Francis G. Kearney
Length: 10 hours and 22 minutes
Series: Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, Book 3
Publisher: Mike Martin
Released: May 14, 2020
Genre: Modern Detective
Beneath the Surface is the third book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series set in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada. Sgt. Windflower is back, and as usual, he’s loving life on the East Coast. He may be a long way from his home in Northern Alberta, but he has been adopted by the locals as almost one of their own. He has a good life, good work with the RCMP, and a good woman that he has grown closer to in his years on the southeast coast of Newfoundland. But trouble is brewing just beneath the surface of this calm and charm-filled existence.
Q&A with Author Mike Martin
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook
- It was quite easy, actually. Audible through ACX is simple to find and simpler to access. I found a great narrator and voila! Beneath the Surface audiobook was created.
- Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
- I believe that mystery writing is a great type of writing to move to an audiobook because it has plot and character and almost always a great twist near the end.
- How did you select your narrator?
- I put out bids for my narrator and found someone who was actually from Newfoundland where Beneath the Surface is set.
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
- I pace myself when I’m writing, but I don’t let up either. I set a goal of 1000 to 1500 words a day and strive to meet it.
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
- I would definitely go back in time. But I would want to be very wealthy so that I wouldn’t have the burden of being poor in Charles Dickens’ world, for example.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- Audiobooks add another dimension to the enjoyment of a book. Like dreaming in colour.
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
- I had a cake with a picture of the cover on it and shared it with all my friends.
- What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
- Reading something old helps me get out of both. I am inspired to read and write more when I read a great book from the past.
- In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
- A book of literary fiction might work best as a standalone. But a mystery needs a series to be complete.
- What's your favorite:
- Food: Pizza
- Song: Stairway to Heaven
- Book: The Hobbit
- Television show: The Sopranos
- Movie: Tin Man
- Band: Jethro Tull
- Sports team: Toronto Raptors
- City: NYC