When Crickets CryWhen Crickets Cry
Charles Martin
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From Christy Award finalist Martin comes a work of "God-haunted" southern fiction sure to tug at your heartstrings! Travel to a sleepy town square in Georgia, where a 7-year-old child sells lemonade to raise funds for a heart transplant, an onlooker watches, and a speeding truck comes around the bend, changing bothe lives forever.

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Charles Martin

Favorite Scripture verse: Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)

 Our Interview with Charles Martin

Do you have a medical background?

(laughing) I'm in line for a transplant surgeon. I'm just kidding.

Do you use an outline to plot your stories?

I see my stories in sort of flashes. C.S. Lewis said the same thing when he talked about The Chronicles of Narnia when he saw the fawn and the meadow with the umbrella. My stories are much the same way. It happened with The Dead Don't Dance and it happened with Rapture in the Rain, and with When Crickets Cry.

I saw Annie sitting at a lemonade stand screaming at the top of her lungs, "lemonade" and trying to raise money for her own transplant. So, that was the first image I saw of that book; the first scene. The next thing I saw was a guy who looks like he should be hanging sheetrock bumping into the street and sort of triaging the whole scene. He had a whole lot more control than his appearance would let you understand. I pretty quickly had to craft a surgeon of some type, and then obviously a transplant surgeon once I figured out what her real ailment was.

How did you get the medical information for When Crickets Cry?

About the time I was beginning to wrestle with the transplant surgeon idea, I sat down with a friend of mine who is a doctor in town; and said, ďHere's the story that I want to tell, here's what happens to this girl, now can you help me medically back into it?"

He's literally a genius; he helped me craft Annie's ailment. I wrote the first rough draft of it and sent it back to him. He helped me tinker with it a little bit. And I spent sometime in the OR with several different cardio-thoracic surgeons and got further assistance there.

At the time that I was writing When Crickets Cry, my publisher asked if I'd be interested in writing a biography of senate majority leader Bill Frist, the senator from Tennessee. Frist was a cardio-thoracic surgeon who left medicine to join the senate. I was literally finishing the first draft to the manuscript when I got this call and so I stopped writing the book When Crickets Cry and wrote his biography. Through my research I met phenomenal doctors who helped me further craft this story. Also, Bill Frist wrote a book in the late '80's early '90's called Transplant which was his autobiography. I used that book almost as a textbook to help me craft Annie's transplant. So I got help from a lot of areas.

Do your characters just enter your stories?

They do. Christy (my wife) laughs at me because...I don't know if you read my first book but there's a character in there named Bryce who's an eccentric. She now says that Bryce lives in an annex on the side of our house along with several of the other characters of my books.

How are things progressing on the Hallmark movie, The Dead Donít Dance?

I received an e-mail and a phone call last month from my agent saying the producer of Hallmark had cancelled production on the movie of The Dead Donít Dance and are releasing the rights back to me. I donít know why, I may never know why. When I received the phone call I told Christy, ďI didn't make it happen and I can't make it not happen.Ē It gets laid at the Lord's feet and let Him do with it as He will.

Do you have a blind brother-in-law in your background?

Are you referring to Charlie? No I donít have a blind brother-in-law. If you look at my books there's almost always a sort of a unique and eccentric character. I did some work on what it is like to be blind.

Will there be a sequel to When Crickets Cry?

I have no plans for it at the moment.

When I finished writing The Dead Don't Dance, I had no intention of writing a sequel. Then a year went by and I'd spoken to enough groups and interviews where people kept asking me what happens to different characters and so I wrote a proposal to my publisher which they accepted.

Whatís the name of the sequel?


When does Maggie release?

Maggie releases next September.

What is your favorite scripture verse?

Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)

Do you prefer to write contemporary fiction?

I do best when I speak from the experience of here and now.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

The pragmatic challenge is to find a quiet place to write in a house with three boys. I've always been an early riser but when I'm really working on a book, like in the last couple of weeks, it is not unusual for me to wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 and work until 7:00am, wake the boys up, get them breakfast, take them to school come back work till noon and then I'm pretty much cooked.

Then there's always the craft side of it, the skill side. Every writer says this who's written for awhile, "The more I write the less I know. The harder it becomes." That statement stuck with me and has proven to be true.

How long did it take you to complete When Crickets Cry?

Nineteen months. That's the longest it's taken me to write a book yet.

Has the Bill Frist biography been released?

Yes, it came out last February and it's called Healing America.

Do you prefer to write fiction or non-fiction?

Does non-fiction get me out of bed in the morning? No. That's not my cup of tea. I loved doing it because Bill Frist is a phenomenal human being and I have a great deal of respect for him. It would take another story like his to get me to write it. Fiction is the thing that I daydream about. It's the thing that wakes me up at 2 a.m.

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