Monday, July 9, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin

Welcome to my stop on the Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin Blog Tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. On my stop, I have a guest post from the author, C.K. Kelly Martin. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour here!
Naomi doesn't expect anything unusual from her annual family trip to visit her grandparents in Ireland. What she expects is to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, hang out with her friends Ciara and Shehan, and deal with her gran's Alzheimer's. What she finds is a country hit by an unexpected virus that rapidly infects the majority of the Irish population over the age of twenty-one.

Amnestic-Delirium Syndrome (ADS) starts off with memory loss, but the virus soon turns its victims aggravated, blank, or violent. Naomi and her friends must survive on their own, without lucid adults, cut off from the rest of the world, until a cure is found.

But there are whispers that ADS is not terrestrial, and soon Naomi and her friends learn the frightening truth: we are not alone.

About the Author:
Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major—not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in film studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always believed I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually, and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I'd discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I'm an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews. I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can while working on novels about young people.

My first young adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing, and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and 2015.


Guest Post:
Topic: What is your favorite children's book and why?

Just one? That’s really tough. When I was a kid I was a huge fan of Babar, Madeline, Winnie the Pooh, and the Poky Little Puppy. It seems as though they’d probably all be terrific friends who’d have wonderful adventures together so I’m not sure how to choose between them. 

When I got a little further into childhood, I was big into the Anne of Green Gables series and essentially everything by Judy Blume. I was equally fascinated with them both. Anne because she was such an individual at a time and in a place that didn’t encourage that much. Anne brought whimsy, imagination and personal strength to everything she did. With Judy Blume it was the complete frankness with which she dealt with coming of age and societal issues that hooked me. It felt like you could find any potentially embarrassing or awkward topic in her books and that she would be completely honest about them. Her characters were never anything less than real.

Now that I’m thinking about it I believe Anne Shirley would have been a Pooh, Madeline, and Babar fan if she’d been born a little later. Like her, I’m strongly drawn to the whimsical and at a recent library sale I snapped up a copy of a fanatically trippy picture book by Tao Nyeu called Wonder Bear. Not for a younger person—just for me!

But if I really have to stick to just one children’s book as a favourite I’ve got to choose another gem I discovered in adulthood— I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg—for its heartfelt charm in showing what it means to be true friends. Looking back on my Goodreads review from five years ago, my feelings about the book haven’t changed: “This is delightful and precious. Share it with the people you like best.” Written in 1965, I Like You is timeless, and so special that it had my breath catching when I stood reading it in a shop aisle the first time I encountered it.

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1 comment:

  1. I really loved Junie B. Jones books and The Boxcar Children :) Amelia Bedelia & Fancy Nancy too!!