Monday, October 7, 2013

Martuk ... the Holy by Jonathan Winn‏

Screenwriter, playwright, actor, and now award-winning author, Jonathan Winn was born in Seattle, WA, and currently divides his time between the East and West coasts. Martuk ... The Holy is his first book.

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In a crowded Left Bank cafe, an immortal man sits, the phantoms crawling near, the heat of their whispers stinging his cheek ...

and Martuk ... The Holy begins.

One thousand years before the birth of Christ, a golden god damns Martuk with a kiss. In a land ruled by a wounded king, life everlasting steals his mortality from the bottom of a golden cup. Finally, generations later, a Messiah who has the power to heal breaks under the weight of Martuk's demons, stumbling to his death defeated by darkness.

From his home in modern Paris, he writes, his memories lush, his words evocative. Revisiting his impossible life, he vents his rage and shares his loneliness. From bloody battles with a demon he cannot escape to the ghost of a beauty who haunts him still, this is his story. 


This is Martuk ... The Holy.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
My fascination with the story being told, really. Martuk was someone who intrigued me. The idea of what it'd really be like to be immortal and trapped in that endless cycle of a life that couldn't end intrigued me. And the psychological and emotional damage of living a life everlasting, watching history unfold while you, yourself, didn't change, was something I wanted to write about.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
In truth, I started the book in the Spring of 2008, wrote a bit throughout 2009, but then put it away to focus on plays and screenplays and travel. And then in late 2011, the guilt becoming too much to bear, I picked it up again and wrote the last 2/3rds of the book in around three or four months. It was insane. :)

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
A couple of things. Placing my characters in the impossible and seeing what it's like to live in that. And, of course, those moments when you write a sentence that just leaps off the page and sings. Those are the moments you write 2K a day for, day after day after day. To see a sentence explode across the page and then sit back and go "oh, that's good", I love, love, love that.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The fact that there are only so many hours in the day and that my mind shuts off and refuses to cooperate (usually at the 6K a word mark) and that I get tired and can't type anymore. If I could, I'd write nonstop, day, night, whatever.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Living or dead? I'll choose dead. I'd be Albert Einstein because I'm pretty sure he was a mathematician of super-human strength and I'd use those super-powers to FINALLY balance my checkbook. Then I'd go back to being boring me, but with a perfect checkbook.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
Okay, I'm one of those annoying people that does a lot of my shopping at farmer's markets, so there isn't a lot in my fridge except for bottles of milk, juice, and fresh veggies. I know, I know ... but there IS a bag of frozen peas in my freezer I don't remember buying, so that probably takes the prize. Probably over a year old? Does that count?

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I'm currently finishing up Martuk ... the Holy: Proseuche, the sequel to Martuk ... the Holy. That should be out -- cross fingers -- in November 2013. I'm also writing The Tall Priest, the latest installment in The Martuk Series, an ongoing collection of short fiction inspired by characters we first meet in Martuk. This will be the fourth book, the other three being The Wounded King, The Elder, and Red and Gold. And then after I finish Proseuche, I'll begin work on the third book, Martuk ... the Holy: Shayateen. That should be ready by the end of 2014, I think. :)

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