Author L.J. Martin will address the Writers of Kern at their February meeting.

For fiction writers and thriller enthusiasts who want to know about writing and publishing, they need look no further than L.J. Martin. Serving as the featured speaker at Saturday's Writers of Kern meeting, the author of 48 books, with 30 years of experience in publishing, has answers and recommendations and is open to sharing it all. 

“Yes, I’ll talk on both or anything else I’m questioned about which I know something about," he said. "I want to talk about what folks want to hear, about writing and publishing."

Martin writes western, historical, mystery and thriller novels. He’s also authored five nonfiction works and has had three screenplays optioned. A founder of Wolfpack Publishing, Martin has published more than 400 titles from other authors and designed book covers for many of them.

Martin was born in Bakersfield, graduated from Bakersfield High School and attended Bakersfield College briefly before going on to Cal Poly SLO. He lives in Montana with his wife, New York Times bestselling romantic suspense author Kat Martin, who will also attend the meeting and be available for a Q&A.

When not writing, Martin is the consummate outdoorsman, working with his horses, hunting, fishing, cooking and wandering the back country with his cameras, both video and still. His photography has appeared on national magazine covers and in periodicals. More than 100 of his videos can be seen on YouTube.

For more information on Martin's life and work, visit his website at

Open to the public, Writers of Kern meetings are held the third Saturday of the month at Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $15, $10 for members, and includes a buffet breakfast, available from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

— Annis Cassells is a member of the Writers of Kern.

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