I’m thrilled to welcome new client, Christa Martin, to the KT Literary family. Both her sweet, highly sensitive protagonist, Feather, and her incredible talent for conveying emotion simply and powerfully immediately got my attention. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a talent.
Her #OwnVoices middle grade contemporary, SERIOUS FIXER-UPPER, is SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS meets THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS–a story about hope, found families, and the realities of growing up poor. It’s also a story about what happens when you’re asked to grow up faster than you’re meant to.
When Feather Huckleberry’s dad moves out and then loses his job, the bank threatens foreclosure on the fixer-upper she and her family just moved into. With her world falling apart, Feather knows she has to help her mom. She teams up with two new friends, eternal optimist Peace and new neighbor Marc, to film a social justice documentary on homelessness with a winner-take-all prize of $1000. Not quite enough to cover a mortgage payment, but for Feather and her mom it’s a start. And with the project comes a profound understanding of what it means to be homeless, what it means to be family, and how to hang on to hope no matter what.
Christa recently graduated from Sierra Nevada University with an MFA in Creative Writing / Writing for Children and Young Adults. She was mentored by Kokila editor Joanna Cardenas, Pura Belpré honor recipient Pablo Cartaya, and best-selling author Lisa Papademetriou, and is also a trained professional actor, having appeared in more than 50 indie short films, commercials, industrials, podcasts, and more.