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Good riddance to one hideous year. 2017 was the year Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States adding fuel to the flames of misogyny, racism, homophobia and a whole host of other prejudices, glorying in his ignorance and outrageous idiocy.

2017 was the year my dad was diagnosed with cancer and my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 2017 was the year I spent Halloween in the local ER (and several days in different hospitals and doctor’s offices after that) with my husband as they investigated an alarming incident he’d suffered. 2017 was the year I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata after suddenly noticing a whopping bald patch four inches wide and which extended from nearly the tip of my ear down.

2017 was a year in which I continued to struggle with health issues that emerged four years earlier and which have many strange and not so wonderful symptoms. 2017 was also the year that I was extremely grateful to receive a Canada Council grant for a speculative YA novel I hope to finish soon. It was the year my first middle grade novel came out and the year that I decided to release the book of my heart after beginning a first draft of it eighteen years earlier.

Not everything about 2017 was darkness. Looking back hopefully we will recognize it as the year our society turned the corner on racism and sexism and collectively pledged to do better (and kept that promise and resolve!), led by brave women and men who refused to let the unjust status quo stand any longer. Yes, there were some fantastic bright spots to 2018 but all in all, personally I won’t miss it. I’m looking to the future with hope. Wishing you all a healthy, happy, hopeful 2018!



I'm having a flash e-book sale for I Know It's Over and Come See About Me (get either for $2.99 or equivalent prices internationally until Wednesday night) to celebrate their new looks:



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Re-posting from my Tumblr yesterday:


This is what’s on my mind today as is the case with most of my countrymen: did anybody ever understand what we could be at our best and reflect it back to us the way Gord Downie did? We were incredibly lucky to have him for the time that we did, but this is such a hard day for Canada.


A couple of months ago I mentioned receiving a black and white rough sketch of the cover for my upcoming middle grade sci-fi book, STRICKEN. Well, the actual cover came in a few weeks back. In a flurry of excitement I splashed it across Facebook and Twitter, but if you haven't seen the cover image yet, voila:

I couldn't be more thrilled about the fantastic illustration by Canadian artist Nick Craine. Thank you, Nick, for this absolute awesomeness! This is the BEST cover I've ever had right down to main character Naomi's defiant posture atop an overturned car. 

Stricken will be released by Cormorant's Dancing Cat Books imprint this fall. Here's what it's about:

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.

{{shivers}}

In Canada you can pre-order Stricken through Chapters.Indigo and Amazon.ca. The book will be released in the U.S. in spring 2018.

I'm also ever so happy to say that last week CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials published a wonderfully thoughtful review of my most recent contemporary YA, Just Like You Said It Would Be.

Just Like You Said It Would Be review by Joanie Prosek, CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 39. . . .June 16, 2017

CM give it their "highly recommend it" designation and rate the book a 3.5/4, but more than that I'm just so appreciative of all the background research the reviewer did, including quoting a blog post I wrote in 2013 on why I feel it's important to have realistic sex scenes in YA novels and not just fade to black. I couldn't be any happier!

 "...many of the voters in last year’s {U.S.} presidential election cast their ballots, animated in part by a desire to shrug off the burden of world leadership. To say this is not controversial: it is simply a fact...The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership, puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course. For Canada that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order."
―  Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland

Humour me, okay? Normally I look at pictures of puppies or sunsets over the ocean to cheer myself up but these work too!





















My editor sent me a black and white rough sketch of the cover for my upcoming middle grade sci-fi book STRICKEN last week and I hope I'll be able to share the final cover image in not long. I'm enormously excited as this is my middle grade debut (coming out with Dancing Cat Books in the fall). And this cover, this cover is pure fantastic! It makes all the different versions of me, from ten-year-old me up to the me I am now want to pick the book up and devour it and hey, I already know what happens.

The description of Stricken is now up on Indigo and Amazon so I can at least share that much:

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.

Coincidentally, my most recent YA book is also set in Dublin and has a Canadian main character too.


That's pretty much where the similarities end but now's a good time to mention that today is the last day in a two-day e-book sale for Just Like You Said It Would Be. Until the end of the day you can pick it up for $2.99 at Amazon U.S .http://amzn.to/2qWNyHf and Canada https://www.amazon.ca/Just-Like-You-Said-Would/dp/1542749468 with equivalent prices at other Amazons.

You can also pick it up for $2.99 at:

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/just-like-you-said-it-would-be

and iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/just-like-you-said-it-would-be/id1205047739?mt=11

and B & N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-like-you-said-it-would-be-c-k-kelly-martin/1125660708?ean=2940154005361

If I'm quiet around here lately (okay, yes, I know I am!) it's because I'm hard at work on a speculative YA novel but I'll be back the minute I can share my first illustrated cover.

Psst, ordinarily I'm not big on creative advice (too many generalizations) but there's such great stuff in Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere. (especially #5 and #6) that I'm passing on the link.

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