An avid reader from a very young age, Amaya was inspired by words and her imagination to follow her dream of become a writer. She focuses on character development and is diligent about putting in the time to write and rewrite. Her greatest inspiration and writing hero is her grandfather, Stephen W. Long, who is a published author. Steve was instrumental in getting Amaya’s first novella published.
In her free time, Amaya enjoys playing bass guitar, piano, listening to “old” music, and being with her friends. She plans one day to becoming an animal rescuer and restaurant owner.
Maggie and the Mystical Woods was written when Amaya was 12 and Amaya encourages everyone, regardless of their age, to follow their dreams.
“Everything around you can be an inspiration – you just need to know where to look.” - Amaya Martinez
Enter the magical world of Maggie Campbell…
When twelve-year-old orphan Maggie Campbell plays one prank too many, she finds herself in a world even she couldn’t have imagined: a world of dragons and elves, werewolves, and witches. Luckily, her captors decide not to kill her – at least for the present – and Maggie does her best to settle in with the Moon family. She soon discovers, however, it’s hard to relax when the father is a crazy inventor and the children are, quite literally, animals. Still, she is thankful they live in a real house and not nearby Mount Saladima, the volcano that’s home to Rosie, another new friend.
But even with new friends and plenty of adventure, Maggie cant help being homesick for Tuckerton’s Orphanage for Girls. She sets about investigating the Dusky Woods and The Shadow, the evil queen who raises Wobble Bells to help her kidnap children. Maggie figures if she can learn enough about the queen and the woods, she just might avoid becoming The Shadow’s next victim and find her way home. But to do it, she’ll need her friend’s special powers and a few powers of her own, including a new prank or two.