Column: If Nury Martinez loves L.A., what does hate look like?
Nury Martinez loves L.A. And he lives in L.A. If you want to know anything about the man, the only way to find out is by reading what’s written in his work.
Martinez is the author of the two most recent novels, the most recent of which is the critically acclaimed and bestselling Love Among the Ruins, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Orange County Register bestseller list, and USA Today “Best Books of 2015.” The book explores love through the eyes of a woman who lives with a man she doesn’t love because she’s married to someone else. L.A. is where Martinez loves to live. He loves being from L.A., he loves being a writer, and he loves the people who make his life better.
After the release of Love Among the Ruins, Martinez became one of my favorite writers, and one of the best. I recently asked him to return to the show to discuss his book and his role in the Los Angeles literary scene.
In your most recent book, Love Among the Ruins, your characters deal with a number of issues that are at the crux of the human experience. You’ve chosen to write these issues as a series of challenges, rather than focusing on the obstacles they’ve faced. What’s your approach to writing in series?
This is the approach I’ve taken with all my books. I am writing as an author and a storyteller, and in my mind a story should always be a series of problems, challenges, joys, triumphs and defeats. I use each scene, each chapter as a chance to show the characters through their own eyes the things they struggle to accomplish.
In your most recent novel, you explore the idea of how love can cause or cause you to lose it, or perhaps why love can’t be quantified. How did you come to decide to explore these ideas?
“Love Among the Ruins” was inspired by the events that were going to take place in my life. L.A. is my home.