Author releases new collection

October 18, 2021

Kathleen L. Martens, author of “Wanderlust: A Wartime Search for Hope and Home,” published in July, has a new book releasing, “Rising Women, Rising Tides: Stories of Women, Water, and Wisdom,” from publisher Byzantium Sky Press. 

“Rising Women, Rising Tides” is set against the backdrops of thundering waterfalls, raging rivers, reflecting ponds and the ever-alluring ocean. Martens’ award-winning short stories take the reader on tough and tender journeys across cultures and continents. Spanning the 1800s to modern times, from the Delaware beaches and British high society to the wilds of Canada, the streets of Washington, D.C., and beyond, “Rising Women, Rising Tides” delivers its high-impact tales of life, liberation, and love with rich and varied voices. From a marine biologist to a Guatemalan eye surgeon; twin-sister folk singers to a blind veteran; cancer survivor to Nanticoke native; deaf teacher and homeless woman, to opioid addicts and more, the collection offers a memorable spectrum of women protagonists rising. 

Martens is a Delaware-based author. She has a lifetime passion for writing, travel and foreign cultures. Following her Thai language and Southeast Asian area studies at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in her 20s, Martens worked as an intercultural communications consultant. Martens’ works have won numerous awards from the Delaware Press Association and National Federation of Press Women, and for her entries in the “Beach Reads” series of publications by Cat & Mouse Press. Her works were also published in the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild anthology, “Rehoboth Reimagined.”

She has curated and edited three anthologies by Delaware and Maryland women writers, “Seaside Scribes: Women Writing, Women Rising,” “She Writes: Visions and Voices of Seaside Scribes” and “The Divine Feminine: An Anthology of Seaside Scribes,” collaborations that raised funds to benefit women’s causes through the arts. Martens authored “Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny,” “Courage, and Comedy with Margaret Zhao,” which won the 2013 Sharp Writ Book Award for Best Biography/Memoir.  For information email

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