Martin Sketchley’s first novel, The Affinity Trap, (Simon & Schuster, 2004) launched a science-fiction trilogy published to acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, with his 2010 story, ‘Songbirds’ (Celebration, NewCon Press), nominated for a British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) award. An audio-drama enthusiast, Martin’s creative writing focus is now largely on radio — a medium offering unique challenges and creative fulfilment. He is also interested in writing for stage, and is developing an idea for a new novel.
In addition to creative writing Martin also has 20 years’ experience working on business analysis destined for blue-chip multinationals, and bodies such as the British Council and the World Bank. With much of this material from writers whose first language is not English, he rewrites as necessary and produces detailed feedback aimed at helping these writers to improve. Having hosted successful workshops and given talks to writing groups, he is also interested in encouraging others to write. He is particularly keen, given the creative reward and therapeutic benefits, to mentor those those who have never considered writing, and who may be from a disadvantaged background.
Martin is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, and of the West Midlands’ branch committee. Prior to going freelance in 1998 he was a market trader, worked in retail, then catalogue production. When not working he enjoys gardening and playing guitar. He lives in Birmingham with his wife, two university-age children, and a chocolate Labrador.