Martin Sigournay: Multiple project juggler
Martin Sigournay doesn’t just have a project he jumps in and out of; he has multiple. In fact, he finds he works better that way, and he hopes to get around to doing it full time. Doesn’t every writer? Well, he’s working toward it, and he’s shared a few things he’s learned along the way.
Do you have a writing process you go through regularly?
The writing process I use is that usually as a farmer. I sow seeds and see what grows. I used to work like an architect on the stories but found creativeness started getting stagnant.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My day job is as a surveyor and planning consultant. It’s great because I get to travel a lot with my work so it gives me a lot of chance to see a lot of inspiration.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
My latest work has been Wolfsbane The Mark. I started working on it after thinking about my maternal grandmother; she was a tea leaf reader and a Romany Gypsy.
It was from this and piecing together a number of stories she told me when she was still alive. From that, I added my own personal experiences. In the first book, I go into detail of my time in Holland with some fantastic friends. It may surprise you that some of my characters are actually real people such as Pascal, who has been an amazing friend and also is one of my proofreaders.
What inspires your writing?
The places I’ve been, the experiences I’ve had. Jumping from a plane at the age of sixteen. Walking in Wales and Lake District. Completing two-hundred kilometers in four days in Nijmegen. The list could go on.
Give us insight to your main character. Who is he or she? What is his or her purpose?
My MC in the current story, which is first person, is Ethan. Ethan currently has been thrown into this bizarre world that, from an early age, he gets told about by his Nanna Rose.
His purpose in the whole story is still slightly vague as there is a lot of side shoots going through my head, but let’s just say the good guys and the bad guys want the same thing.
Do you rely more on your character or your storyline to reveal your plot or theme?
Bit of both, really. I love to add in different situations and hints through a number of characters and through storyline divergence. For instance, there are hints in one story that correlate with another.
Do all your stories relate with each other?
Not all, but I have three that somewhat relate with each other and then there’s my Wattpad story, Rose Wolbear, that is a prequel to Wolfsbane.
What project is your primary one?
Well, I’m a bit scattered actually. But my main project has been working on Fallen Angel Am I. It started with a short story I wrote after an interesting dream.
How do you keep up with all your projects?
The wonderful bit about multiple projects is that you’re able to drop one when you have a block and jump on the other.
Do any of your projects provide inspiration for one of your others?
The first long running storyline started with the last shadow warrior. I started this when I was only 15. That’s when a lot of other ideas started to flow. My short story as mentioned before “fear” leads onto my next writing epic.
What success have you had with juggling multiple projects? Do you finish them quicker? Slower?
Juggling the stories are more about juggling life. I have a lot of responsibilities with family and work. When I have spare time like flying on a plane or traveling on the train. Late at night when I can’t sleep. Having so many projects at once is quite liberating as I’m not stuck on any one story.
What/who are your favorite or most reliable support groups?
Well, I hardly drink so I gave up going to the AA meetings. I’m married so I figured the nymphomaniacs club was a bad idea. Oh, you mean for my writing . . . Well, online, it’s been Authors Tale. I found a lot of the others I’ve been to that just seem to post about their books they’re selling rather than trying to offer help or support. Offline, the most reliable support group has to be my family and especially my wife. She’s backed me a lot and even drawn some of my front covers.
What is the biggest mistake you think you make while writing? How do you overcome it?
This is funny because I was just speaking to Sarah about this. Biggest mistake I’ve made is not writing a character profile. Basically, I sat and wrote for about five days and got my characters and their traits all mixed up. From that, I realized that whilst writing, I needed to leave myself notes like a paper trail so that I didn’t muck up what I was writing.
Where are you from?
Originally from Essex in the U.K. but I have moved about a lot whilst young.
Were you always good at writing?
Haha who said I am . . . oh ok a couple of reviewers but best way to know is have a look at some of my work.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
Hmm let me see. I’d love to be able to quit my day job because, let’s be honest, I’m not getting any younger. In truth, acknowledgment if anything would be my goal. For someone totally random to say, “Hey, I loved that story!”
Which authors inspire you?
I think the most inspiring writer, God rest his soul, has to be Terry Pratchett. I loved the way he used current events in his writing into the disc world.
When do you usually write? How often? Do you have a word goal or page goal when you write?
I write when there is actual time. So after the kids are a bed. The odd time on the underground. Flying to Scotland and back. Usually it’s not a goal but usually getting something out of my head.
What books or writing projects have you completed/published in the past?
Here’s my Authors page on Amazon rather than giving varying book links.
What genre do you enjoy most, and what draws you to the genre you write?
I enjoy the fantasy side of writing but have been known to enjoy writing poetry when I have chance.
Where do your ideas come from?
I suppose my head is not what you were after. I’d say my ideas come a lot from situations I visualize myself being in.
Where do your characters come from?
A number of my characters come from real people I have known in my life. You often know if I don’t like you because I’ve probably made your death the most horrific I could. J
Do you research your book? If so, what have you learned through your research?
I get a cigarette and a cup of tea and then I knick up the computer and start tapping. If I get stuck then I start Google or another search engine and look for the answer. However, if it’s a translation, I call on friends that I know.
Have you ever worked with a writer on a project?
I am currently working alongside a film director to create a pilot film which is really exciting; however, the both of us are preparing for the tax returns so it’s on hold.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
To get past my writer’s block . . . well I get it, but I find taking the dog for a walk or just collapsing into bed also works.
Are you reading any books right now? If so, what are you reading? If not, why?
I’m reading slowly a book called Blag Steal and Borrow. It’s not normally my type of reading, but I thought It’s always good to read something out of the comfort zone.
Are you interested in self-publishing or traditional publishing? Why?
I tried the traditional publishing, but each one I went too told me that they weren’t looking for my type of writing. However, I did get positive feedback telling me that my work was worthy of publishing so I got stuck for many years; that was until I found out about self-publishing.
Do you have any favorite books? Favorite motivational quotes?
Favorite books. Well there’s Mort by Terry Pratchett. Then I suppose there is Tad Williams series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn.
What advice would you give your younger self?
To the younger me . . . Don’t buy that house with that nymphomaniac . . . or at least earn some money out of her.
Don’t be afraid to jump in with both feet.
Stay exercising rather than eat all those yummy things.
Save your money rather than buy that sega mega drive . . .
Good things come to those who fight for them.
Never give up, never give in.
Don’t get engaged to that girl you had no intention of marrying . . . damn I should have ended that ages ago.
The pub will always be there but your studies won’t be.
When offered some sex on a plate . . . don’t choose the money instead.
Do you have any advice you’d like to give other writers?
Believe in yourself.
Be open and honest with family and friends. If they’re upset that you’re writing, forget ‘em. And move on.
What is your greatest fear?
Even now with all the things I’ve done like abseiling, rock climbing, parachuting . . . heights. Trust me, when people look like ants, it’s not a problem. You know at that height, you’re gonna die and not be a vegetable . . .
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
If this is a cooking show I’d say salt . . . always add a pinch of salt.
How can readers and fellow writers discover more about you and your work?
Goodreads: Martin Sigournay
Watt Pad @SIGStories