Friday, December 23, 2022

Interview with Mike Martin, Author of Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries


Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand.

He is the author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series set in beautiful Grand Bank. There are now 12 books in this light mystery series with the publication of Dangerous Waters. A Tangled Web was shortlisted in 2017 for the best light mystery of the year, and Darkest Before the Dawn won the 2019 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award. Mike has also published Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries, a Sgt. Windflower Book of Christmas past and present. And now Christmas in Newfoundland: Memories and Mysteries 2.


Mike is Past Chair of the Board of Crime Writers of Canada, a national organization promoting Canadian crime and mystery writers and a member of the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and Ottawa Independent Writers and Capital Crime Writers.


You can follow the Sgt. Windflower Mysteries on Facebook at



Twitter: @mike54martin

Where did you grow up?


I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland on the easternmost tip of Canada 


When did you begin writing?


I have always been a reader and a writer. I started reading early because I had two older sisters who dragged me to the library where I fell in love with the magic and adventure of books.


What is this book about?


Christmas in Newfoundland Book 2 is the second collection of stories and vignettes featuring my own memories of Christmas in a small town and then stories from imaginary Christmases of characters from the Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. A stroll down a Christmas memory lane. 


What inspired you to write it?


I am a big Christmas guy. I always have been and for years I have written a special Christmas story for my family and friends. Some of those stories are here as well as the new ones from my award-winning mystery series


How is it similar to other books in its genre? How is it different?


I think this is a unique book because it blends both personal memories and stories based on characters from the mystery series. But anyone who likes reading about Christmas memories will like this book and can probably connect it to their own experiences.


What is the most important thing readers can learn from your book?


That Christmas is about giving and the more you give, the more you will receive. And that Christmas is magical if only you believe.


Where can readers purchase a copy?


Christmas in Newfoundland Book 2 is available from Amazon all over the world and in many fine bookstores in Canada.


What is up next for you?


I have a new book in the Sgt. Windflower series coming out in the spring of 2023 as well as a new audiobook in the series. And starting to write a new adventure for Sgt. Windflower and his friends.


Is there anything you would like to add?

Thank you!

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