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Doctor Refurb: More great reviews!

Doctor Refurb: More great reviews!

Great reviews keep coming in for my new science-fiction political-comedy, Doctor Refurb! This one, from Indies Today, arrived this morning. Reminder: If you live in western Montana, I will be telling stories and signing all seven of my books at 6:00 p.m., this Wednesday, at Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton. Please stop by! For […]

Weaving in Venice

Weaving in Venice

Marty’s photo of the day #4066: When Deb and I were in Venice, Italy in late 2018, I got to play reporter’s photographer at the Luigi Becilacqua workshop. There my wife interviewed a representative for an article she was writing for Handwoven Magazine. The velvet weaving workshop dates back to 1875, and their work is […]

Real life in fiction

Real life in fiction

Marty’s photo of the day #3903: To-date, I have written three nonfiction books and three science-fiction books. Additionally, I am almost finished with my seventh book. This one will be another science-fiction political-comedy. Even when I write fiction, I draw on personal experiences and factual events. In one of the adventures in my new book, […]

Marty Essen signed book special!

Marty Essen signed book special!

Signed books make great holiday gifts! Beginning today, I am offering a signed book special. Here are the prices: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: $19.95 Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: $19.95 Time Is Irreverent: $14.95 Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not […]

New York City stories

New York City stories

Marty’s photo of the day #3511: I took this photo of New York City several years ago, when I was on a college speaking tour. My soon-to-be-released humorous memoir, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, features several stories that revolve around New York City, including my trips there when I […]

How life would be different with a single change to history

How life would be different with a single change to history

I love writing the Time Is Irreverent series of novels, because the characters allow me to demonstrate how things would be different with a single change to history. For instance, in the first novel time-traveling protagonists Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon show how life today would be different if Christianity hadn’t taken hold, and in […]

Off to the editor!

Off to the editor!

Yay! I just sent Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for Sixteen Seconds off to my editor. After I wrote my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents (published in 2007), it took me nine years to publish Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. […]

My writing room

My writing room

Marty’s photo of the day #3055: I recently read a blog about how important it is for writers to have a special writing room. I think I have that covered. During the day, I have a stunning view of the snow-covered mountains, and at night I work by candlelight. Regarding my writing: Time Is Irreverent […]

The Democratic Debate

The Democratic Debate

I watched the Democratic presidential debate last night. I still like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders (though Bernie-or-Busters practically ruin him for me), and Kamala Harris. Even so, there is no reason to make up my mind this early. I will say that on my scorecard Cory Booker made a giant leap up, and I thought […]