KJ Martin Author, Presenter, Artist

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what will, I’ll go to it laughing.

– Herman Melville

Moby Dick

About the Author

KJ Martin (she/her/KJ) is currently writing an upper middle grade fantasy fiction adventure novel series titled “The Troll’s Eye.” She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, twins, and Freya, a silver lab puppy who loves to run and “shake” for treats.

KJ Martin selects young adults and teens to help as ‘character influencers’ who inform each main character’s culture, identity and interests. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Roanoke College and a Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs from Radford University. She has worked in Higher Education with a focus on student development for over 25 years and now writes full-time.

KJ Martin

The Troll’s Eye Character Influencer #1:

Cherish Dawsey (she/her)

Character Influencer for ‘Imani’

Interests: Classical music, family roots, creative writing, plays the cello, social justice, art, reading, strong female protagonists
Age: 20
Education: Currently enrolled at University of South Florida & studying Creative Writing

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

The Troll’s Eye

Character Influencer #2:

Braeden Martin (he/him)

Character Influencer for ‘Petr’

Interests: Gaming, snowboarding, electric guitar, whitewater kayaking, photography, mountain biking, practical jokes, & surfing
Age: 13 Grade: 8th
Personal beliefs: That dyslexia and ADHD are creative superpowers & follows the ABC’s of Snowboard Freeriding (Always Be Carving!)

Hometown: Bend, Oregon

Karina Houston (she/her)

The Troll’s Eye Character Influencer #3 for ‘Elizabeth’

Interests: Track & Field (Shot Put & Discus); art, reading, biking, & swimming

Age: 14 Grade: 8

Hometown: Pot Springs, Maryland

Helen Balvanz (she/her)

The Troll’s Eye Character Influencer #4 for ‘Brit’

Interests: Hiking, playing piano/clarinet/guitar, reading, art, & poetry

Age: 13 Grade: 8

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Kaia Martin (she/her)

The Troll’s Eye Character Influencer #5 for ‘Loke’ & Overall Troll’s Eye Plot Devo

Interests: Volleyball, anime, art, free skiing, creative writing, rafting, & recycling

Age: 13 Grade: 8

Hometown: Bend, Oregon

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