Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WOI Spotlight: Hope Irvin Marston

Hope Irvin Marston is a native of central Pennsylvania, the eighth child in a farm family of nine, an honor’s graduate of Lock Haven (PA) High School, Milligan College (TN) and SUNY at Geneseo.
She is a member of the New York State Retired Teachers, the Greater Thousand Islands Literacy Council, the Jeff-Lewis Librarians Association, the Adirondack Center for Writing, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, the North Country Arts Council and SCBWI. She organized the Black River Valley Writers Club and served as its leader for several years. Later she founded the North Country Children’s Writers and Illustrators arm of SCBWI and directed the annual writing conference for five years. 
In addition to writing thirty-two children’s books and several adult titles, Hope has been on staff for Christian Writers Conferences at Hephzibah Heights (MA), Montrose Bible Conference (PA) and at St. Davids Christian Writers Conference at Beaver Falls, PA. She has taught creative writing workshops at Jefferson Community College, the Jefferson-Lewis Teacher Center, and the North Country Arts Council.
Her picture book series, MY LITTLE BOOK COLLECTION (Windward), has grown to eight titles thus far and has 125,000 books in print.

The World of Ink Network will be touring three of Hope's books all month in February 2012. 

Eye on the Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest  - Biography, but written as an autobiography.

Windward Publishing (An imprint of Finney Company)
ISBN-13: 978-0-89317-071-4    
December 1, 2011

About the Book: From the time she was three years old, Aisling (pronounced “Ashley”) Lara Shepherd loved watching sled dog racing on television.  Inspired by the drive and determination of the dogs and the people who race them, Aisling set out on a personal quest to one day run her own dogs in the Alaskan Iditarod race.  This biographical account follows then eleven-year-old Aisling as she conquers obstacles, deals with heartbreak and loss, and achieves great victories, while keeping her eye on the Iditarod.

Against the Tide:  The Valor of Margaret Wilson
P & R Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-59638-061-5     

About the Book: Seventeenth-century Scotland is a place of cruel intolerance for te Covenanters, a people bound togethr by their loyal faith. A young, earnest Covenanter, Margaret Wilson finds hr pledged loyalty to Christ and his covenant in opposition to King Charles II's demand for her absolute obedience. Will Margaret choose to defy the autorities? Or will devotion to her family, love for her sweetheart, and hopes of future happiness rule her heart?

Windward Publishing (An imprint of Finney Company)
ISBN-13:  978-0-89317-068-4

About the Book: Next Generation Indie Book Award-winner. A Delightful story about a ne family of bald eagles. From the newborns' first flights to their own fishing adventures, this beautifully illustrated book is ideal for introducing young children to te wonders of nature.

You can find out more about Hope Irvin Marston’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Marston and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions.

In addition, come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at The hosts VS Grenier and Irene Roth will be chatting with Hope Irvin Marston about her books, writing, the publishing industry and experiences. Marston will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and the tribulations of the writer’s life.

The show will air live February 6, 2012 at 2pm EST. You can tune in live at the World of Ink Network site at You can listen/call in at (714) 242-5259. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)


  1. You are an amazing author Hope. I'm glad to be following and helping to promote your virtual tour.

  2. Looking forward to reading and reviewing the books. They look fantastic and I am sure children love them.