Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Warm Welcome to My Friend, Martin Roth!

It's my privilege to introduce to you Martin Roth, author of many books!

Is there a story behind your book, “Brother Half Angel?”
I am greatly concerned about the issue of the persecution of Christians around the world. It is certainly getting worse, and I wanted to do something to alert Christians in the West to what is happening. I decided to write some thrillers highlighting the issue and my concerns. I conceived of the idea of a fictional character – Brother Half Angel – who is part of a shadowy group that helps persecuted Christians. “Brother Half Angel,” the novel, is the first in a series.

Sounds great. What started you on your writing journey? 
I grew up surrounded by books. My father was a librarian, who also wrote a lot, and my mother had been a journalist. My earliest attempts at writing were poems, and when I was twelve a poem of mine was included in an international collection of children’s poetry. I’ve never achieved that sort of success again! It’s been downhill ever since!

What distracts you the most from your writing?

Isn't that the truth? What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 
I write suspense books, and enjoy reading them too. A Scottish friend recently sold his house here in Australia and went with his family to live in Europe. Before he left he gave me his collection of Ian Rankin detective mysteries. They’re excellent – very well written, with strong characters, gritty Scottish locales and fact-moving plots.

:) If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
You know, I’m just crazy about Southern Gospel music. Here in Australia most people don’t know what I mean when I say Southern Gospel. They think it’s something like “When The Saints Go Marching In.” I have a big collection of Bill Gaither Homecoming DVDs, and I just love the combination of bouncy music and strong, redemptive Christian lyrics.

What is your favorite season of the year?  
Most people say spring or autumn (“fall,” I think, to you Americans), but I love the hot, hot Australian summer. We were living in Tokyo but planned to leave, in large part because our first two sons were reaching school age and we had decided we wanted them raised and schooled in an English-speaking country. We were strongly considering Canada, but then someone said it is just like Australia, but with cold weather. So we came to Australia, in summer 1993, and it was more than 100 degrees on the very day we arrived. I love it.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
Of course. I’m human.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
I lived in Tokyo for 17 years and loved it there. I really didn’t want to leave, but, as I’ve already mentioned, we had decided that for our kids’ upbringing and education we would move to an English-speaking country. Earlier this year we went back to Tokyo for a week – my first time back in 20 years – and I loved it. I still speak the language fairly well, so can move around easily. I even went to a church service, at the Tokyo Baptist Church (I wasn’t a Christian when I originally lived there). I hope to spend more time in the city.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?   
I’m fascinated by people who really experience the power of God working strongly in their lives, and I wish I could write well about that. But it’s hard to do, and I don’t think I’ve managed it successfully.

Where do you escape to for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
I live in a part of Melbourne, Australia, with more large parks than most other urban areas, and I do a lot of praying when I’m out walking. As a full-time freelance writer I have my own little workroom at home where I do a lot of reading, reflection and writing, though with three adult sons still living at home it’s not always the quietest of environments.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I actually have quite a few books out. Ten novels in all – including five Brother Half Angel thrillers – and two devotionals.

To buy Martin's book, go here:

About Martin:
Martin Roth is a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent whose reports from Asia have appeared in leading publications around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and The Guardian. He is the author of many books.

His Brother Half Angel international thrillers focus on the persecuted church. They feature Brother Half Angel, an abrasive former military man who heads a clandestine new military order that is dedicated to fighting for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world.

The five books in the series are "The Coptic Martyr of Cairo," "Brother Half Angel," "The Maria Kannon," "Military Orders" and "Festival in the Desert."

He is also the author of the Johnny Ravine private eye series, with "Prophets and Loss," "Hot Rock Dreaming" (Australian Christian Book of the Year finalist) and "Burning at the Boss," and the Feisty Ferreira series of financial thrillers - "Tokyo Bossa Nova" and "The Kalgoorlie Skimpy."

He lives in Australia with his Korean wife and three sons.

To Connect with Martin:
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Martin is giving away a copy of Brother Half Angel. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown

1 comment:

Jackie McNutt said...

Thank you for featuring Martin and his books. This is a different type of story line for me but I find it interesting. Thank you.

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