The ‘Flying Dutchman’ enjoying an afternoon cycling trip out to the East Sea

David Paul Martin

An Expatriate Living and Loving Seoul, South Korea

David Martin
Jan 10 · 4 min read

Who are you?

I’m David Paul Martin. I usually don’t use my full name; I prefer just ‘Dave.’ But I feel compelled to use it for this interview because there are so many David Martins writing on Medium. I live in Seoul, Korea, and for the next three months, I’m working in a little country town about 55 miles south of Seoul.

Why write on Medium?

In the past several years, most of my writing has been dedicated to academic and technical writing. I find the work exciting and challenging but have long wanted to engage in a more creative outlet for my writing. I’m looking for a voice that makes my work unique. Medium is the perfect place for me to find my writing voice while also displaying my exceptional skills and talents.

What are your writing interests?

I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a ‘writing junkie.’ I’ll write about almost anything. I love the challenge of making unforgettable connections by making words sing (BTW, that’s the tagline for my upcoming web site, drdaveswritesite.org).

What do you hope to accomplish by writing?

In a world filled with noise, I’m hoping that my writing will add a unique voice to the world. I want my voice to reach far beyond my limited ‘physical’ circle of friends, acquaintances, and business colleagues. I’ve had many, many professional and personal experiences and opportunities that have given me quite a unique perspective on the world. In a world that seems obsessed with negative news and depressing stories, I hope to shed a little positivity, encouragement, humor, and enlightenment as an option to all the dreariness in the world.

Can you share a highlight of your life?

In a world that seems to have disdained marriage, the highlight of my life is Jan, my wife, and a lifelong partner. Over the years, she has indeed been the ‘wind beneath my wings.’ We have shared life together and supported each of our passions throughout the years. The key to our success is learning when to come together as a couple, and when to enjoy our separate endeavors (Hmmm….sounds like a blog topic.)

Share a few of your article links with us?

Do you write anywhere else?

Not yet, but I’m in the process of finishing my first book — “My Great American Childhood.” I just got it back from my editor, and my goal is to publish it on Amazon by mid-February 2020.

Any big plans for 2020?

I’m making plans to transition from the corporate world to the “1099 life” in April– the life of an independent consultant. I’m working on building my freelance writing business. Additionally, since I have the ‘perfect storm’ of academic credentials (a Ph.D. in Information Technology) and over 24 years as an engineer covering the entire spectrum of IT from programming to networking to cybersecurity, I’m hoping to land a couple of good independent consulting gigs from time to time.

Can you recommend other authors in your niche?

My favorite contemporary leadership and management books are Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” and Daniel Pink’s “Drive.” More than any other authors, these two gentlemen have captured the essence of what is wrong with today’s corporate leadership and have proposed robust solutions.

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I’m a passionate writer in Seoul, Korea. Find me at: https://mediumauthor.com/@davidpmartin2020. Feel free to email me at: davidpmartin@mediumauthor.com

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