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.