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Books

I believe fiction writers should write, not what they know, but what they can imagine.  I believe their primary task is to tell stories that matter and that the words “dark”, “edgy” and “dystopian” should be struck from the English language.

I believe nonfiction writers should hold as their model the boy who observed that the emperor wore no clothes.

Current and Future Works

Completed:

  • The Secret Name of God, epic historical fantasy
    • Book One: Pegasaurus
    • Book Two: The Knight of the Windy Hand
    • Book Three: World Without End
  • The Odd Body Vanity Squad, science fiction eco- fable

In Progress:

  • Magnificent Obesity: Hope and Healing in a World Gone Mad, memoir

Proposed:

  • Man of Steel, experimental memoir
  • Emancipation Waters, historical fiction
  • Parade of the Horribles, psychological suspense
  • Little Ambrose, children’s book
  • Four Novellas:
    • Proper Positioning of the Rope
    • Von Trapped
    • The Dragon of My Dragon
    • Book Return
  • Grand Fantasy on the Gods in F Minor, fantasy
  • The House of Cornelius Crank, paranormal murder mystery
  • Without Friends, speculative history

The Musicals

Written, produced and rewritten in Vermont and Boston over twenty years ago, the musicals are undergoing another overhaul and will be incorporated into the text of the above-mentioned proposed work, Man of Steel.  The musicals are:


  • Coming Home
  • Murder on Main Street
  • Tin Pan Dandy
  • Angelwings
  • Missing Persons
     

Although each one stands on its own, when placed in chronological order they give a picturesque and panoramic account of American history from 1885 to 1945.  The heroes are immediately recognizable types: cowboy, gunfighter, small town editor, political visionary (Teddy Roosevelt), song and dance man, doughboy, gangster, aviator (Charles Lindbergh), fighter pilot and hard-boiled detective.  The equally familiar settings—saloon, Fourth of July picnic, Tin Pan Alley, speakeasy, old time radio—lend themselves to the conventions of the musical form.

As the nation progresses from a wide-open frontier to a technologically sophisticated world power, the characters evolve from brazen adventurers to ever more complex and bewildered players on a ghost-lit stage.  In the journey from mythic Western to morally ambiguous film noir, all roads lead to an idealized vision of Main Street USA.  For some a dream, for others a memory and for still others a moral imperative, it remains a compelling yet unattainable destination.  The hero lives eternally in search of home.

My Favorite–
Literary work: The Iliad and the Odyssey
Writer: William Shakespeare
Novelist: Charles Dickens
Novel: The Once and Future King
Musical: South Pacific

Books that made me want to be a writer:
Basil of Baker Street, Wuthering Heights,
Jane Eyre, All the King’s Men, Cry the Beloved Country
The Plague, A High Wind in Jamaica,
and Nancy Drew

 

About Martha

Martha M Moravec is the author of the memoir Magnificent Obesity: My Search for Wellness, Voice and Meaning in the Second Half of Life, (Hatherleigh Press/Random House). She is also the author of two novels: an epic historical fantasy, The Secret Name of God; and a sci-fi eco-fable for young adults, The Odd Body Vanity Squad. Before committing to prose, she wrote the book and lyrics for five original full-length musicals, all of which were successfully produced in southern Vermont and Boston. Martha blogs at Mad Genius Bohemians about the mysteries of the creative life and the persistence of one's dreams. She also blogs at Magnificent Obesity about the hazards posed by anxiety, addiction, aging and agnosticism to personal growth and transformation. She can usually be found at home in Vermont working on her next seven novels, four novellas, second memoir and a sweeping revision of the five musicals. She is currently seeking further publication opportunities, a hundred more years and God.