Sexy Beast

Hey, ALM Action Force, send me questions, and I might answer them.  My semi-regular feature, Q&A Friday, has now become Question A Day.  Ask me a question.  Any question.  And if I have nothing better to write about on this blog, I’d love to answer them.

You know the drill.  You can reach me on Twitter (@aleemartinez), on Facebook (A. Lee Martinez), or via e-mail (  So send your question today, and be filled with wisdom tomorrow.

Today’s question:

Is writing sexy?


Honestly, not at all.

Writing is, basically, not much difference than office work.  I sit at a computer.  I type stuff.  There’s nothing glamorous or especially cool about the way I do it.  I don’t even really have a proper study.  Just a space I’ve reserved for my laptop where I sit down and force myself, through sheer force of will, to not waste too much time perusing the internet for funny cat videos.  But perhaps you’re asking not about the act of writing itself, but about the inevitable adulation a novelologist gets from all his adoring fans.

I’ll let you know when that actually happens to me.

I have my fans, sure, and some of them can even be somewhat adoring.  But I’m mostly obscure mid-list, and most people, even people who have heard of me, don’t get all that excited to see me.  In fact, if I had a dollar for every time I was in a room with a fan, and they didn’t even recognize me, much less adore me, I’d have a few bucks in my pocket.

Authors are not famous faces, of course.  We toil in obscurity, and unless you’re J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, you aren’t anything like an actual celebrity.  There’s almost no glamor to this business, and while I knew that getting into it, I have to admit I was hoping for a little more at this point in my career.

But, hey, I get paid to write, so I guess I can’t complaint too much, right?

Keelah Se’lai

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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