Martin Follose is a long-standing community member in the area, and he recently published SNAPPED!, a book about a high school student who can stop time with a snap of his fingers. To commemorate the occasion, the Riddle City Library decided to ask him a few questions about his new book, and what he has planned for the future. You can watch the full interview below.
Lester Lopkins is a below-average kid who wants to be noticed for something other than the best target for bullies. His only possibility for fame is to become the chess champion of the school.
But on the day before the big chess match, Austin, the school’s number one bully, stuffs Lester in his locker. Something happens to the claustrophobic Lester during his time in his locker, and he gains the power to snap his fingers and stop time.
At first, Lester uses his power in bad ways. It also causes problems between him and his best friend, Peter, and the only girl who likes him, Nellie. But then Lester discovers that Austin is selling drugs. He teams up with Nellie and Peter to get back at Austin and to expose him for selling drugs.
Lester finds himself in danger and trapped with Peter, Nellie, and Austin by the drug dealers. Not even Lester’s power alone can save them; he has to get help from Austin. But will he help? And will it be enough to save them all?
Martin A. Follose was a performing arts teacher at a small school in Southern Oregon for over 30 years, where he taught music and drama to grades 3-12. He continues to serve as the high school and middle school drama advisor.
Martin started writing plays and musicals for his drama group and has over 15 plays and musicals published. Many of his plays are produced around the world. He recently started crafting his plays into novels.
SNAPPED! was first a movie script filmed by his high school drama group in 2004. Later, he rewrote it as a stage play performed in 2019, and now a novel.
Martin is an avid jogger, loves to travel, and enjoys hiking the backwoods of Oregon. He is also on the Board of Directors for Umpqua Actors Community Theatre (UACT) in Roseburg, Oregon, where many of his plays have been produced.