Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She’s the award-winning author of Lake of Destiny, the upcoming contemporary romance for adult readers, and the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island series for young adults, including Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion, from Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse.
She lives in Virginia with her husband, children, a shetland sheepdog puppy, and a lopsided cat. She’s passionate about supporting literacy, and enjoys being on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. She also started the Compulsion For Reading campaign to get books to underfunded schools and libraries, and manages Adventures In YA Publishing, a three-time Writers’ Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, as well asYA Series Insiders, a site that promotes reader engagement and reading fun through young adult series fiction.
When she isn’t writing, she loves traveling to the kinds of magical places she writes about, anywhere from Edisto Island in South Carolina to the Highlands of Scotland, the Czech Republic, the Middle East, and Africa. She’s also addicted to horses, skiing, chocolate-flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it. She only has one superpower: insomnia.
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“The perfect Southern family saga: charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep. — Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns and Anna Dressed in Blood
“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic—haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” — Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series
“A stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!” — Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy
“Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Martina Boone’s Compulsion is not to be missed.” — Megan Shepherd, NYT bestselling author of The Cage series and The Madman’s Daughter
I am available for keynotes, panels, festivals, bookstore visits, school visits, and workshops, and done magazine, print, radio and television interviews about my books. I have spoken alone or in combination with other writers for any number of attendees from an intimate group of ten to hundreds and for ages from middle school to adult. Visits can be in person, via Skype, or via Google Hangout.
I offer three visits a year free to Title 1 schools on a first come, first booked basis. I also offer free 20-minute Skype visits to classrooms, and I do not charge for bookstore visits in conjunction with other travel. Apart from travel expenses, I do not charge for visits to high schools or colleges who are teaching my books. On a select basis subject to availability, I love speaking briefly to bookclubs via Skype, and I’m happy to do that free of charge.
Overall, I love interacting with students and readers and encouraging aspiring writers in any way possible while making learning a fun and invisible experience. I like to think of my books as popcorn with vitamins, which is to say that you can escape into them as books, but there’s also some history and food-for-thought woven throughout, which provides a lot to talk about.
Please check here for a list of topics on which I speak quite frequently.