Thursday, October 25, 2012

J.C. Martin - Oracle - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
It is named after the killer in the book, who calls himself The Oracle. The premise may centre around the modern Olympics in London, but for the killer, the Games still hold its original, ancient meaning. You will have to read the book to find out more!

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The theme of family in all its dysfunctional forms, and the social issues these could raise, are explored in the book. My protagonist Detective Lancer, his half-brother Reggie, his daughter Meghan, and the antagonist, all of them faced a difficult childhood in some form, and all of them responded to the challenges in a different way. I want readers to question just how much control a person has on one’s own destiny, irrespective of the curveballs life throws their way.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
The book is set in London in the run-up to the city hosting the Olympic Games. That much, and the locations I used, are true. The story and characters are purely fictitious.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I wouldn’t. I have received comments about a couple of loose ends at the end of the book, but that is where the second book in the series comes in!

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Actually sitting down and starting on it. The idea had been knocking about in my head for so long, it took a lot of discipline and patience to sit down and put it all on paper. I find that once I gain some momentum in the story, the rest goes pretty smoothly, but the toughest bit is always chapter 1 (or the prologue).

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Being my first published book, I learned a lot about the publishing process. Prior to this, I had no idea just how much work was involved from writing “The End”, to actually having a saleable book with a professional cover, ISBN, etc. I’ve gained a new appreciation for the role of the editor in polishing a manuscript until it becomes a sparkly book.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always enjoyed making up my own stories, or creating alternate endings to existing ones. At around the age of 10, I was stapling bits of scrap paper together to make my own comic book, which I both wrote and illustrated, about the imaginary adventures my then pet dogs go on. I wrote—and canned—my first “novel”, a teenage murder mystery, at 14, long hand, in a school exercise book.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Currently, my favourite author is Toby Neal. Her Lei Crime series are not only fast-paced, intense police procedurals with a likable, kick-butt heroine, her descriptive writing style really brings the exotic locations of her stories, set on the idyllic islands of Hawaii, to life: the places, the people, the sun and sea, as well as the grimy, crime-ridden Hawaii tourists do not see–all are described vividly. For someone who has never visited Hawaii, I almost feel like a local now after reading the first three books in the series!

9. Tell us your latest news.
I am working on the second book in the Detective Lancer series, and in keeping with the Greek mythological theme, have tentatively titled it Labyrinth. In non-writing news, I have a baby boy due in January, and am hoping my maternity leave will give me lots of spare writing time!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you have read Oracle, thank you, I hope it didn’t disappoint! And if you haven’t, should you decide to, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

About the Book

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

Price/Format: $14.99 paperback, $4.97 ebook
Pages: 312
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Release Date: July 30, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble

About the Author

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.

After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

Links to connect with J.C.:
Web site

About the Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tribute Books Blog Tours 
Put our promotional experience to work for your book.


  1. J.C., congratulations on your pregnancy! How exciting :)

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. It's such a treat getting to host you.

  2. You learn quickly how much work occurs after finishing the book! Congratulations again, JC.

  3. I do need to read Oracle as the sample you released was really interesting.

  4. Alex and Budd, thanks for stopping by and supporting J.C.

  5. I think what you said about the message of Oracle is interesting. Just how much control do we really have over our lives anyway? There comes a time when we all have to just surrender and go with events. Very thought provoking, J.C.


    1. Thank you Jai, this debate (and that of nature v nurture) is raised in the book.

  6. Hey, I didn't know you were planning another book after this one!

    1. Of course I am! :) Now if only I can get off FB long enough...

    2. P.S. Remember when we said great minds thought alike because we both decided on Labyrinth for our book titles? ;)

  7. I'm a January baby! Congratulations on the baby on the way! Excited to hear more about Labryinth.

    1. Thank you Libby! I'm actually going to post something on Labyrinth on my blog tomorrow, so keep an eye out!

  8. Ibdiamond, Jai, Rachel and Libby - thanks for the comments for J.C.

  9. Hi there! I liked your interview. I also saw that you are a martial arts instructor. What style did you study? Do you ever blend your martial arts style into any of the characters in your books?