eSpec Books interviews Gail Z. Martin, contributor to The Side of Good / The Side of Evil, a Superhero Flipbook anthology,

Gail Martin, Dreamspinner Communications
Gail Martin, Dreamspinner Communications

eSB: What drew you to this project?

GZM: Superheroes are cool! And so are super-villains. It sounded like a fun prompt working with people I like. Always up for an adventure!

eSB: Which side are you writing for?

GZM: A villain!

eSB: What got you interested in superheroes/villains?

GZM: I watched Batman as a kid and enjoyed shows like Wild Wild West and The Avengers and James Bond movies, which had over-the-top villains. I guess it stuck!

eSB: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would it work? 

GZM: Being in two places at once, so I could get all the things done I need to do!

eSB: What would your weakness be and why?

GZM: If a super villain captured all the coffee in the world, I would ‘grind’ to a halt!

eSB: Describe your ideal super suit.

GZM: It should be a cross between Spanx and the TARDIS—bigger on the inside and yet figure-flattering!

eSB: Who is your favorite superhero and why?

GZM: I’ve always been partial to Batman, probably in part because of the 1960s TV show, but also he’s a dark and interesting guy.

eSB: Who is your real-life hero and why?

GZM: Walt Disney, because he has made so many people happy.

eSB: Who is the villain you love to hate, and why?

GZM: Politicians. Oh, you mean fictional? Delores Umbridge. Because I had teachers like her. Not so worried about the Dark Lord turning up in real life, but I’ve met people like her.

eSB: In your opinion, what characterizes a hero?

GZM: Dedication to a cause larger than one’s own interests, that benefits all people or people who don’t have the means to get justice for themselves.

eSB: In your opinion, what characterizes a villain?

GZM: Someone who is only out for his/her own interests and/or the interests of his/her own small group.

eSB: What is your viewpoint on Sidekicks?

GZM: Sidekicks rock! They should get better costumes, higher pay and more respect!

eSB: What is your favorite superhero movie and why?

GZM: Sky High. I loved that sidekicks made the difference.

eSB: What other comic or superhero-related work have you done in the past?

GZM: I have a story in the upcoming Icarus: The Graphic Novel illustrated by Matt Slay and Joe Corroney, a story in the Heroes anthology from Silence in the Library, and a story in the With Great Power anthology.

eSB: What was your most exciting moment working in the comic industry?

GZM: Being able to walk into a comics store with my teenage son, point to work by Matt and Joe and say—“They’re illustrating my story!”

eSB: Please tell us about your non-comic related work.

GZM: I write epic and urban fantasy, and with my husband as co-writer, steampunk and space. The epic fantasy series are the Chronicles of the Necromancer, The Fallen Kings Cycle, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga (newest book is War of Shadows). The urban fantasy series is Deadly Curiosities, with one book out and a new one, Vendetta, coming out in December. The steampunk series is co-written with my husband, Larry N. Martin, and the first book, Iron & Blood, just came out! We also do several series of ebook short stories with new stories every month including the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures (epic), the Deadly Curiosities Adventures (urban) and the Storm and Fury Adventures (steampunk) that are available on Kindle, Kobo and Nook. And we’re in a lot of anthologies!

eSB: Do you have any news you would like to announce?

GZM: Iron & Blood, our new steampunk novel, came out in July, and Vendetta, the second Deadly Curiosities novel, will be out at the end of December!

eSB: Please let us know where you can be found on social media.

GZM: You can find us at, on Twitter @GailZMartin and @lnmartinauthor, on, at blog and, on Goodreads and  free excerpts on Wattpad

eSB: Thank you for allowing this glimpse beneath your alter-ego. We’re looking forward to more super heroics and evil geniuses to come.

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