After getting her film studies degree from York University in Toronto, C. K. Kelly Martin headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. She began writing her first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Greater Toronto area suburb. By then she'd discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to her. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once!
Currently residing in Ottawa with her Dub husband, C. K. is an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews and two great-nieces. She became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continues to visit Dublin as often as she can while working on novels about young people.
Her first young adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. She released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out her first adult novel, Come See About Me, in June 2012. Two of her recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' DCB young readers imprint in 2014 and 2015. They also published her middle grade sci-fi, Stricken. In 2019 C. K. will make her horror debut with DCB under the name Cara Martin.