What's in a name? If anyone is wondering why my father's family name, husband Paul's family name and my name are the same, it is because my maiden name and my married name are both Martin. That is because when we started medical school we ended up on the same dissecting table having been allocated our places in alphabetical order. It is (?was) not uncommon for medics to pair up thus although less common, I suppose, for them to share the same surname as well as the same dissecting table.
What's in another name? My website Favicon is meant to represent the Cumbrian Herdwick sheep, descended from the hardy sheep which the Vikings brought with them when they invaded Cumbria. Their colour scheme is contrary: they have black or brown wool and light coloured faces. Like the Cumbrians, they are stoical survivors in hard conditions, so I thought I would honour them by calling my own self-publishing 'house' Herdwick Books and use its icon for this website Favicon.
I liked the idea then of having go at the survival course of publishing one or two books myself on a shoestring using only a printer. I'm still here to tell the tale (Phew!) but, on the whole, I wouldn't recommend it. I learnt the very hard work way, luckily without any catastrophes, what the huge difference is between a printer and a publisher. And if I had to pick only one reason for using a publisher, I'd say it's the cover. That's what sells the book.
It's almost two years since I published In Our Fathers' Footsteps (see under BOOKS). My latest book, One Dog and His Cop, about my cousin's police dog,was published 30 November this year (see under BOOKS).