Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Luke and Jenny Visit Tombstone, has recieved an Honorable Mention at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival in Hollywood, California. The annual festival celebrates books that deserve greater recognition from the film and television industries. Martin's book is the first in a series of historical novels for young readers.
“I couldn’t believe it when they called me and invited me to come to Hollywood,” says Martin.
Since 2002 Martin has been taking audiences on ‘time travel trips’ by speaking as a historic character dressed in a period costume. She has performed for schools, universities, associations, convention groups, and corporations. One of her characters, an old west storyteller, shares tales of Tombstone and the famous gunfight that occurred near the O.K. Corral.
“I have been amazed at the overall positive response audiences of all ages have had for my old west character,” says Martin. “Particularly the schools. There is a genuine interest out there in the O.K. Corral story, and youngsters can’t seem to get enough of it. They really enjoy learning about people from the past – particularly famous people from their home state.”
It was this interest that inspired Martin to write a version of the Tombstone story for young readers. Writing a book for young readers requires a whole different approach than writing for adults.
“Young readers need characters they can connect with – characters like themselves. So I created two fictitious youngsters; Luke, and his sister Jenny, who visit Tombstone with their mother and are then mysteriously swept back into time, coming face-to-face with Wyatt Earp and his brothers.”
All this takes place within the pages of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral – Luke and Jenny Visit Tombstone. Young readers are right there with Luke and Jenny as they learn firsthand the true story of the Earp brothers and what lead to the historic shootout. Adults too can learn facts about this famous confrontation.
Martin has recently completed the next installment of her Luke and Jenny adventures, Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War. This novel was recently named as a finalist in the 2007 Indie Book Awards of Excellence.