Russell L. Martin, better known as Rusty to those close to him, is a native of Grant Parish, Louisiana, and has lived through many challenges. Financial difficulties, death of immediate family members and numerous other serious life struggles are challenges that many go through. Rusty’s life was no different than the average person’s. However, using his life experiences and firm belief in God, Russell L. Martin was inspired to share incredible tales of what it could be like to have a friendship with your protecting Angel. Thus became the birth of the first book in a 3-book series called “Scars of My Guardian Angel”, which has reached number two on Amazon’s Best Sellers list in a Christian Fantasy genre. Soon after this recognition, he released the second book of The Portal Series, “Bloodline of the Scrolls”. His second book has already hit number one in Western Religious Fiction, New Releases.
Rusty, the son of Mildred and Travis Martin, grew up in a very rural area in Grant Parish, Louisiana, known as the Black Creek Community. His mother was a teacher, retiring as principal from Georgetown K-12 School, and his father was a pipeliner. Rusty went to school during the time period of de-segregation. This dramatic change in the community took a toll on his grades, as it did with many southern students. With only a few credits shy of graduating, Martin left school and began working for his dad as an oiler on a dragline. Russell soon found he had chosen a very tough and long road, working in the heavy construction field.
The years passed, as he was involved in all phases of the pipeline industry. Russell decided to give a formal education another shot. He enrolled and attended studies at the Ocean Corporation, located in Houston, Texas. This is where he received commercial diving degrees that he would use inside the offshore pipeline industry. After 30+ years in this field, he retired.
During the last decade of Russell’s pipeline career, his father lost a long battle to cancer and shortly after, his daughter Summer, was killed when she was struck by a vehicle while walking near her mother’s home. This wasn’t the end of this family’s sorrow. His second daughter, Courtney, was left disabled by another tragic vehicle accident. These events drew Russell closer to God than ever before. Was this his guiding force for writing music and ultimately his first two books of The Portal Series? He truly believes so.
As a new author, Russell reached back into his past and used one particular event while working as a deep-sea diver in the Gulf of Mexico to begin the series. This strange occurrence is where the lead character, Chado Cole, begins his journey into the unknown.
Russell Martin seems to have found a unique way to draw readers down inside the story, almost as to become one of the characters, joining with Chado and Uriel as they make their way through trials and tribulations of a fantastic journey. Along the way, enjoy the beauty and mysteries of Heaven in “Scars of My Guardian Angel”.
In “Bloodline of the Scrolls”, meet Matt Stone, another deep-sea diver, and Christy Moody, an A-10 fighter pilot, who are living totally separate lives on opposite sides of the planet. Both have only one thing in common; they have unknowingly been chosen by God to join forces with Chado Cole and his Guardian Angel. Before doing so, they must pass through many trials and tribulations set before them. Their first encounter is to take a journey to the very edge of life and death. This mysterious phenomenon is described by some as a near-death encounter.
These novels have deeply and personally touched many readers. Numerous booklovers are saying, “It brought me comfort beyond anything I could imagine… Words jump off the page… it reads like a movie… It made me think of Heaven like never before… the Holy Spirit appointed every word … thought-provoking … best book I’ve ever read other than the Bible … one can only pray that heaven will look like this ... touched all five of my senses…didn’t want it to end, can’t wait till the next book…”
Let the true events of this author’s life, mixed with his fictional imagination, carry you through the portals of the unknown! Be sure to keep watch for the third book of The Portal Series, “Revelation of the Scrolls”, which will be released in 2019.
Rusty’s ministry includes singing and songwriting, motivational speaking and now, as a top selling author in the genre of Christian and Spiritual Fantasy on Amazon. His life has shifted from the hard labor of working in the oilfields across the country to sharing God’s grace and love through storytelling.
Russell L. Martin enjoys communicating personally with his readers through email at , or through his public ‘Russell L. Martin’ Facebook page.