Martina Boone

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Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the author of the Heirs of Watson Island series, and the founder of both, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a Tumblr site devoted to news, giveaways, and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming YA series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

Photograph by Nirusha Benham

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COMPULSION by Martina Boone

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in Compulsion, the first novel in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Producer & Director: Justin Cook

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live bold and dream big.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A book to make me think, a cat to warm my lap, a dog to remind me that loyalty is everything, a horse to show me the world is a miracle, love to expand my heart, children to teach me empathy, and gratitude to help me remember that I should share my good fortune as often as I can.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I admire many people, but I tend to identify with historical figures I am connected to by story. The hidden character in the HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND trilogy is Eliza Pinckney, the 17-year-old girl who ran three plantations and founded the American indigo industry. She not only created a viable crop, but the change in farming method reduced the exposure to malaria and saved many lives. She isn't the most admirable character in history, but she is one who intrigues me.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Right now? The lack of objectivity in the news and the idea that people are getting more of their news from sources that share their own viewpoint. I feel like as a society, we are losing some of the bridges between each other, and that leads to less sympathy and empathy as well. It's why I love that kids still devour books. Fiction in print and on the screen provides a common denominator we desperately need.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. There are so many, including every soldier and first responder who selflessly serves others every day. But I think I have to say Malala Yousafzai. I think she is incredibly brave and I admire her stand on education for girls and women.

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