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J.M. Martin

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in Lexington, KY, The United States
February 28, 1970



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J.M. Martin worked at Caliber Press — publishers of The Crow, Deadworld, The Realm, Kabuki, and more — and, while there, wrote 18 issues of the fantasy series, Legendlore, as well as co-created a collectible card game based on Todd McFarlane's SPAWN universe. He was also a Gold ENnie-award-winning managing editor for Privateer Press (2001-2005), helping build the Iron Kingdoms and Warmachine intellectual properties.

Martin has short stories in anthologies such as Sails & Sorcery, Dark Heroes, Manifesto UF, Neverland’s Library, and At Hell's Gates, and is also co-writer of the Supernatural Horror Weird Western series, Dead West. In 2013 he created Ragnarok Publications along with Tim Marquitz and is the company’s Creative Director.

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Heather McCorkle You're welcome J.M.! And thank you for adding my blog to your blogroll!

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Rupa Got a kick out of seeing the Chronicles of Prydain in your book list :) Loved the hell out of those as a kid!

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J.M. Gurgi, Fflewdurr, Gwydion, and the budding romance between Taran and Eilonwy? The menace of Arawn and his Cauldron-Born? Awesome. I've been such a fantasy geek since an early age and absolutely loved those books as a teen. I re-read the Chronicles when I was around 30 and they still held up.

Michael Hey, thanks for the request, J.M.! You've written some intriguing-looking stuff. How did you get into writing RPG books? That's awesome.

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J.M. Thanks for the add! I hope you might feel inclined to check out Tisarian's Treasure at some point (or at least add to your To-Read list). To answer your question regarding the RPG stuff, I met a dude named Matt Wilson at a convention in Cincinnati back in the '90s. He was the art director for a little CCG called Magic at the time, but was also interested in comics and I happened to be penning one called Legendlore. So we kept in touch and, eventually, he called and pitched me on a company he was starting called Privateer Press. I was substitute teaching at the time, so it was a great situation for me as far as investing time in writing gaming material for a start-up. Long story short, it was a "who you know" kinda opportunity. I worked for Privateer around five years, taking the reins as managing editor, and helping develop the Iron Kingdoms and guide the ship to a few ENnie Awards. Definitely a fun time.

Rachel Hartman LOL, nice to meet you! Central Baptist, though, not St. Joseph. :)

Lucinda Dear J.M,
I would like to thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads. I very much look forward to future book discussions with you, as it seems we have a lot in common in regards to liking the fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction genres and authors too. Thank you once again, it is a real privalidge.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

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Scott Jeremy Nino Roberts Merry christmas.

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