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Martha Gilstrap

I believe in heroes.

I believe in the basic goodness of people. They’ll come through for us in unexpected ways, just when we thought no one cared.

I believe in keeping promises – always. No matter what. It’s important to do what we say we will.

I believe we should take responsibility for our own actions. Even when we’ve really screwed up. Even when the consequences we face are pretty awful. Not taking responsibility has a terrible impact on our souls.

I believe in kindness, in "paying it forward," in respecting everyone.

I believe in letting God be the judge. That’s not my job, and I don’t want it. That’s why I pretty much keep my opinions on social and political issues to myself.

That’s basically who I am.

The other thing you need to know about me is that martial arts has been an important part of my life for many years, even though I no longer train actively. My instructor was Taika Seiyu Oyata, the founder of Ryu-Te Karate®, and his lessons were physical, mental, spiritual, and moral ones. I earned a 5th-degree black belt and membership in the elite Oyata Shin Shu Ho Ryu organization within Ryu-Te®. The rank isn’t that important – what I learned is what matters – but it shows a solid background for writing fight scenes in my stories.

I like writing fight scenes so much that I offer workshops to writing groups on that topic, and even consulting services for individual writers. 

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Master gemsman Shay Bladen had a perfect life until betrayal forces him from the remains of his home. He flees with an heirloom battle-axe created from a single black diamond. With nothing but a cryptic note, he searches for answers among the bloo...
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Elegy: The Black Diamond

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