Cori Nicole Smith
CORI NICOLE SMITH holds BAs in both English and biology and an MA in English from West Virginia University. Her written works include the Martina Mackenzie series, of which 4 novels have been written (middle grade), Confessions of the Editor Brigand (adult), and The Knight and the Ninjas (children's epic poem).
Cori's manuscript for Martina Mackenzie: The Diana's Eye was a semi-finalist, ranked in the top 100 submissions, in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest in 2008. She edited the novel Ordinary People Extraordinary Planet (authored by Dr. Shellie Hipsky), based on interviews from the radio show of the same name.
Since October of 2005, Cori has worked as a technical writer and editor while writing and polishing her novels. When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing piano, salsa dancing, and working on various crafts. She performed as a singer/dancer for a cabaret-style dinner theater performance fundraiser for the Homeless Children's Education Fund in October 2010 and helps out with other fundraising activities for the charity. In fall 2009, she was an extra in the movie Love and Other Drugs.
Some of Cori's favorite literary works are Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Wilkie Collins's No Name, Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, and Edgar Allan Poe's short stories.
She and her husband and daughter reside in Washington, Pa., a short distance from Bridgeport, W.Va., where she grew up.
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Confessions of the Editor Brigand
Zhanna—a grammarian, compulsive spellchecker, and young copy editor—simmers when her expert redlines are questioned. As her agitation grows, she makes editorial corrections outside the publishing house. The novel chronicles Zhanna’s obsession. She travels from one town to the next, visiting her close-knit group of girlfriends but soon discovering that even a good vacation needs an editor.
Martina Mackenzie: The Isle of Bala Zopyre
A cursed dagger. A shipwrecked crew. A mysterious, glowing island. Shards of the tale appear in an ancient book under the name of a famous Rhihalven storyteller, and Martina, Heath, and London take it as a call to return to Sheardland. Soon, the trio discovers that the blade is coveted by many, imbibed with a curse to destroy something essential to Sheardland's existence. Book 4 of the series.
Martina Mackenzie: The Palace of Glass
Martina, Heath, and London discover Mr. Willoughby's diary and return to Sheardland. An Elfin queen’s curse sears through the ages as the secret society that threatens Sheardland’s existence burns to find out what else lies in her tomb. By the end of the tale, Rhihalven, Elves, Fairies, and humans all grapple for control of a key, long-forgotten wisdom, and an ancient secret. Book 3 of the series.
Martina Mackenzie: The Enchanted Carousel
To help finish the enchanted carousel before the Rhihalven festival, Martina, Heath, and London must harvest wood from a special tree, but a wrong turn in the forest leaves them lost and dependent on the sage Amara for guidance. In return for her help, they search for the Bloodstone Amulet—rumored to heal any ailment—which has been lost since ancient times. Book 2 of the series.
Martina Mackenzie: The Diana's Eye
Twelve-year-old Martina mourns the loss of the grandfatherly previous owner of her family’s ice cream shop. He left her an intricate music box that leads her and friends Heath and London through the ice cream machine and into Sheardland, where magical races escape the threats humans pose to their civilizations. Mysterious happenings lead the trio on a hunt for the Diana's Eye.
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