I’m delighted to welcome back author, Martin Lott, to Patricia’s Pen. Martin has returned to chat about his latest release, Aldred. Without further ado, it’s over to Martin.
The world can never be different; the world will never be the same again.
Aldred is my third novel, and although it is a standalone book, it continues the fantasy theme of my previous publications, The Witchetty Men and Ethereal Wood. It needed to both appeal, and challenge me as a writer. The idea was driven initially by a prologue, which further suggested the plot, central characters and various settings.
The main storyline is the safeguarding, and pursuit, of two powerful books, which if ever brought together will bring about the end of days. However, there is a significant sub-plot which, as it unravels, adds a potent mix of historical references and a questioning of long upheld beliefs.
I hope Aldred appeals to readers who enjoy not just the fantasy genre, but to whom plot twists, imagery and originality are important factors when choosing a book. The writing of Aldred took place mainly during the Covid lock down, so it may well have come from a darker place than originally intended! I have an almost restless need to be creative, and continually develop and improve as a writer, and I hope that with Aldred I have managed to raise my personal bar.
I don’t have a target readership. Perhaps I should, but in all honesty I write for myself in the hope that others may enjoy what I do. I am privileged to know other authors who have been extremely encouraging, and I am indebted to the many readers who have also shown their support.
Writing, by its very nature, can be a solitary affair, but I do find it to be enjoyable (otherwise I would not do it!) and cathartic. Aldred really grew from a desire to challenge the accepted, and to push boundaries within the fantasy genre.
Than you so much for inviting me back, Tricia.
Always a pleasure, Martin. Good luck with Aldred.
About Martin Lott
Martin is originally from Horley in Surrey. He moved to Perth in Western Australia, before returning to the U.K. and settling in Littlehampton, West Sussex. From Monday to Friday he works as a payroll officer, trapped in the body of an author!
In addition to writing books, he is a musician and songwriter, having composed music for two plays; an independent production called Sometimes We Dance and Shout, and Oedipus, both performed in Perth. His play, The Condemned, was performed at the Courtyard Theatre, London in 2019.
Aldred is available via Amazon initially as a paperback, with a Kindle edition to follow shortly. Martin’s previous books, The Witchetty Men and Ethereal Wood are available in both formats.
His fourth novel Snow Rollers is a sequel to The Witchetty Men and is currently a work in progress.