Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and "Time Is Irreverent."

Which is better: nonfiction or fiction?

Most book authors either write nonfiction or fiction. I started out with nonfiction, publishing Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents in 2006 and following up with Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico in 2016.

After that I switched to fiction, publishing Time Is Irreverent in 2018 and am following up with Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not Again! in early 2019. What’s after that? I’ve already written the first 5,000 words for Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for 16 Seconds, planned for 2020.

Which type of book do I like writing the best? I’m not sure. Because my first two books were based on my world travels, they were expensive to produce. On the plus side, because I was writing about events and facts, writer’s block was nonexistent. Although my novels still use facts, the events have to be manufactured by my brain. That can lead to occasional bouts of writer’s block. Fortunately, my two main characters, Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon, are quite real to me, and when I get stuck they take over my fingers and do the typing for me.

And yes, at this moment, I’m suffering from a wee bit of writer’s block and am typing this instead of staring at the manuscript and waiting for Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon to pay me a visit.

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