Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley


Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley writes fun, quirky books for adults and children based on experiences that she found magical, interesting, or perplexing.

Cori's Martina Mackenzie series was spawned from her experience working in an ice cream shop---which just feels whimsical---and her love for mystery and fantasy books. It is about a girl who takes her friends through an ice cream machine on a journey to help fairies, elves, and other creatures discover what is happening to their secret world.

Confessions of the Editor Brigand exposes Cori's soul as the main character, Zhanna, struggles with her desire for perfect written communication and why it isn't taken seriously. Cori and Zhanna also both find online dating, especially the profiles, amusing (Zhanna spends a lot of time perusing them with her friends).

The Knight and the Ninjas is Cori's first children's book---an epic poem. It features a clumsy knight charged with rescuing a princess from a dragon. When he falls through a magic mirror and lands in Japan, he meets ninjas, discovers his strengths, and achieves his quest with some help from his new friends.

Cori also performs editing for other writers. She edited the book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Planet and the second edition of the Common Threads trilogy authored by Dr. Shellie Hipsky. She also edited the first book in the Glamorous Madison series (soon to be published), authored by Melanie Blue.

Cori is a member of the Global Sisterhood ( She holds a bachelor's in biology, a bachelor's in English, and a master's in English. Cori has written novels, magazine and newspaper articles, blog posts, and a variety of other pieces over her career.

Professional writing and editorial work may also be credited as "Cori Nicole Smith."

For more information about Cori and how to contact her for writing/editing work and consultation, please visit

Where to find Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley online

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Confessions of the Editor Brigand
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,590. Language: American English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
Series: Martina Mackenzie, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 55,890. Language: American English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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
Series: Martina Mackenzie, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,110. Language: American English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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
Series: Martina Mackenzie, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,260. Language: American English. Published: January 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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
Series: Martina Mackenzie, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,340. Language: American English. Published: January 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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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