Author Interview – Martin Baggen – In the Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion

Hey there everyone.

Today I have been lucky enough to share a few words with musician and author Martin Baggen, as he gives us more details on his historical debut novel “In the Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion” and how it came to fruition.

Thanks for reading folks, here we go.


Hi there Martin, great to have you here with us as our featured guest today, it is an honour and a privilege to be speaking with you to find out more about your book and the man behind it.

Let’s start directly with your novel – “In The Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion”. Your book is described as a reimagining of the greatest story ever told and a political thriller set in the historical era.

Tell us more about what inspired you to take the stories from The Bible and make them the basis for your epic retelling of events. Was there a certain trigger point in your life that lead up to this or had you always thought that it would be a good idea to make a novel out of it? Please also go into detail as to the nature of your book, the protagonists and antagonists and the set up for the overall story arc.

I thought it would be fun to take a story as well known as the New Testament, and sort of reverse-engineer things beginning with the legend that we have today. I wanted to bring the reader into the real environment of what it might have been like in an oppressed nation…the fear, the anger, and how it can tear apart an entire culture. The primary mover in this story is Miriam (the traditional name for Mary) as she plots and motivates a bold plan for the renewal of a Jewish nation against their Roman occupiers. The story is told from many of the character’s own perspective so the reader is intimately immersed in the mission to reclaim a nation and all of the subplots that swirl around Yeshua (traditional for Jesus) and his devoted followers.


If your novel was to be made into a film, who would you cast in the lead roles?

That’s a very difficult question. A film project is being pursued, but I’ve always imagined the cast would be complete unknowns, save for maybe a famous character actor in one of the supporting roles.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

By far the most difficult aspect of writing for me is the technical side of things…grammar, structure and that sort of stuff. Give me a fist full of commas and I will use ’em all in just a sentence or two. The easiest part was coming up with the story itself. Granted, a lot of this story has already been told, but my part of things came together, and I had a draft written in a matter of a few days.

What sort of research did you do to write your book?

The research was a very daunting task. I wanted to make sure I had things as historically correct as possible. The research came in the form of books, documentaries, and articles. It continued right up until days before the final edit.

Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

I really don’t consider myself a writer. I had a story that I wanted to communicate. My first crack at it was in the form of a screenplay. I realized that to get that story in front of as many people as possible, it had to be a book, with a hopeful film to follow. I think I’m a good storyteller, that is to say, I can sit around with friends and spin a yarn with the best of them. So I suppose my writing process was me essentially attempting to dictate a tale to myself.

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

Thankfully, I never had to deal with the dreaded “Writer’s Block” with this book. Let’s see if I can still avoid it as I work my way through the sequel.

You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Pay attention to Mr Estrem, my high school English teacher. It would have come in handy to have a better grasp of the basics.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

I enjoy writing and producing music and performing live when the mood strikes.

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

As I mentioned, there is a sequel in the works.

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

Write it because you want to read it.

And that’s a wrap! Thank you for your time Martin and good luck with your book 🙂



Born and raised in the remote island community of Sitka, Alaska, Martin Baggen had to rely on his imagination to prevent the rainy isolation from stifling creativity. Baggen has produced a substantial catalog of original music. As a first-time author, Martin thought “Why not re-imagine one of the greatest stories of humankind?” And so began the creation of “In The Shadow Of David: The Secret Rebellion”.

A media producer and consultant by trade, Baggen resides in the Pacific Northwest and frequently travels back to his hometown in Alaska.

The next step in the literary/entertainment arena for Baggen is the adaptation and production of his current novel as a motion picture and a possible sequel to the book as well.

You can connect with Martin on the following Social Media channels:-

Facebook:- Martin Baggen – Author (FB)
Twitter:- Martin Baggen – Author (Twitter)
Website:- In the Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion – Website

You can buy his book here:-

Buy In the Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion in Canada

Buy In the Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion in the UK/Europe

Buy In the Shadow of David: The Secret Rebellion in the US/Rest of the World

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