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Contact: Colleen Welch
The Haunting of Annie MacKay – Whidbey Island Author Crafts a Contemporary Ghost Story for Young Teens
Portland, OR − October 20, 2008: The Haunting of Annie MacKay integrates the contemporary themes of homelessness and bullying into an engaging, old-fashioned ghost story. Whidbey Island, Washington author Martha M. Martin’s first novel is tightly written, fast-paced and sure to please the reading palettes of middle school girls everywhere.
In the first chapters of the book, Annie MacKay is finishing up a traumatic year in a San Francisco school when she and her homeless parents learn that she has inherited an old mansion off the coast of Washington State.This generous bequest comes with strings attached, however.The rest of the book follows Annie’s attempts to unravel these strings and, at the same time, carve out a place – a large and safe place − for herself and her family in a new school and town.
No victim, the buoyant Annie and her parents must live in the haunted mansion for one month.And, with the help of a new friend, Annie must also combat the predatory grasp of a look-alike ghost whose unmet needs include finding a doll lost in a shipwreck two generations earlier.
According to the author, the inspiration for this feel good, feel-pleasantly-scared novel came when she rescued a salt-crusted vinyl doll floating in the ocean near her island home.“That got me to thinking. What if a child’s doll had been lost before she’d had a chance to see it?” Martin shared.
Martin hopes that readers of The Haunting of Annie MacKay will take away a strong belief in families supporting one another. Her daughter Gennie Lynn Martin modeled this belief by designing the attractive cover for this book.
Published by Inkwater Press, The Haunting of Annie MacKay is available online at inkwaterpress.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
The author is available for interviews, by telephone or in person, depending on location. For more information, contact Colleen Welch at Colleen@inkwaterpress.com.
About the publisher
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Inkwater Press has published more than 400 titles, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry and children’s books. Inkwater Press is a division of First Books, which was founded in 1988. The company is committed to a sustainable future, printing on recycled paper and using no animal-based products.