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Elderton is under attack! French fries are disappearing from ovens, fryers, and freezers. Potatoes go missing right out of the bin in the middle of the day. No one ever sees the thief. The police are baffled.
Eleven-year-old Dotty Morgan is Elderton’s best (only) supernatural sleuth, a role for which she’s trained since a gnome stole her mother’s fabric and Dotty took the blame.
Eager to solve her first case, Dotty investigates the mysterious thefts and uncovers a sticky-fingered phantom. But that discovery creates more questions. How did the phantom come to be in Elderton? Why potatoes? Why are the adults in town acting so weird? And what are the strange charms that appeared in the school cafeteria the same day the phantom materialized?
Fleeing their oppressive flock, Cawnor, a crow, leads his friends to the coast where they try to build a new home. But the leader of their former flock refuses to let them go, and a hawk terrorizes the birds of the coast. Can Cawnor overcome these obstacles? Buy it here.
Fifteen-year-old Miralee runs away from home, hoping to study music at the conservatory. But girls aren’t admitted as students. That is a big enough challenge, but she finds herself pursued by demons and the mysterious shadow knights. Buy it here.
When his father and brothers are murdered, fourteen-year-old Dexter is thrust upon the throne of Pozzelby. But his reign might end before it begins as an ancient enemy tries to seize the land. Dexter hopes to find the key to the future in the past, somewhere in the forgotten depths of Pozzelby Castle. Buy it here.
Erik Christopher Martin writes books for young adult and middle-grade readers, and also short stories, particularly horror, for older readers. He is an indie author who publishes under the imprint name of In A Bind Books. In A Bind Books was also the name of the bookstore that Erik opened and ran with his soon-to-be wife, Toni a long, long time ago (2000, almost another century ago!). The bookstore closed (Thanks, Amazon. Remember when Amazon was an online bookstore? If you do, you’re old like Erik), but the name lived on.
Erik spent his childhood and twenties in Cleveland, Ohio. Sometime after that, he moved to North Carolina and then California, where he remains. About Cleveland, he misses a good pierogi, but not all of the snow.
In order to improve his craft, Erik studies writing a lot. He doesn’t believe that one needs a degree in writing to be a good writer, but he does believe that one needs the knowledge someone gains in obtaining a degree in writing to be a good writer. There are many paths to obtaining this knowledge. If you’re not going to complete a degree program in writing (he didn’t. It’s okay) then read about story structure. Some excellent books to start with are Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody, Dynamic Story Creation in Plain English by Maxwell Alexander Drake, and The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. Also, read books on grammar. Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style remains an excellent resource. And then read for fun, but do it using a writer’s lens. Read in the genre you plan to write. See what you enjoy and figure out what the writer did that you liked. Read what you don’t like, and then ask yourself where the writer went wrong. And finally, find other people who are writing and talk to them about writing. Form critique groups, support groups even. Writing can be a solitary endeavor. Get out amongst people.
Another means to work on craft is to join professional organizations and take classes. Erik belongs to the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA), and the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild (SDWEG).
When not reading and writing Erik likes playing games. He has a lifelong passion for roleplaying games, especially Dungeons & Dragons. RPGs are a great resource for anyone who wants to develop their creativity. They are interactive games that involve group storytelling and acting, with plenty of opportunity for the visual creatives to practice their art as well.