J.M. Martin

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Worked at Caliber — publishers of The Crow, Deadworld, The Realm, Kabuki, and more — in the '90s; while there, Martin wrote 18 issues of the fantasy series, Legendlore, and co-created a game based on Todd McFarlane's SPAWN universe. Also an ENnie-award-winning managing editor for Privateer Press (2001-2005).

Martin edited the Stabby award-winning Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues and has written stories in anthologies such as Sails & Sorcery, Dark Heroes, Manifesto UF, Neverland’s Library, and At Hell's Gates. He's also co-writer of the supernaturally weird Western series, Dead West. In 2013, he created Ragnarok Publications (www.ragnarokpub.com) along with Tim Marquitz. He left Ragnarok in August 2017 to pursue fr
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“...knowing the full depth of any human, knowing their hopes and frailties, the hurts of their past, the tremor with which they reach for the future...that knowledge is akin to love.”
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“Alas, women have always been drawn to me. Don't roll your eyes, my friend, your wife has been wet all evening just from staring at me. Feel free to ask her, she won't lie.”
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“There is evil in all of us, and it is the mark of a man how he defies the evil within.”
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message 8: by Scott

Scott Roberts Merry christmas.


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


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


message 5: by J.M.

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.


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.


message 3: by J.M.

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.


message 2: by Rupa

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


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


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