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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 9:25 am


Staff Writer

Former Red House resident Martha Hamlett has written a second children’s book, “Just One More Game.”

Hamlett, formerly Martha Clowdis, was inspired by her son Christian when he was 15.

“One evening I was trying to get my oldest to turn off the game and go to bed when he told me, ‘Just let me play one more game, and then I will go to bed.’ Well, there was my title,” she said.

“Just One More Game” is a story about Corey, who is so determined to complete his game and enter the Video Game Hall of Fame before doing anything else.

The 40-page book is recommended for younger children between preschool and second grade.

This is Hamlett’s second book, and she hopes to have even better success this time.

“Bats in the Air, Bats in My Hair,” debuted in late 2008 and has sold over 1,000 copies, according to Hamlett.

She visited many schools with her last book, and plans to do the same with “Just One More Game.”

“I start this week. Teachers are eager for me to be back,” Hamlett said.

She has also visited various teacher and library conferences to promote her books.

Hamlett said that her newest book will be even more exciting to readers than her last.

“The illustrations are bolder and more dynamic. And the story has more action,” she said.

Making the illustrations and words of the story blend together better on the page was something Hamlett and Illustrator Davey Morgan wanted to accomplish in their second book working together.

“We learned as a team about design and how to lay it out better,” she said.

Hamlett also said she learned more about promotion and social media since her first book.

Writing became an interest to Hamlett early in life, and she has written casually for years.

“I started writing in elementary school, around 5th grade. My teacher was very encouraging to me. She told me what I was writing was good,” she said.

Hamlett wrote poems about her day instead of keeping a conventional journal, and she wrote poems for her sons when they were young.

Once she decided to write a book, she spent time researching picture books and story structure.

Her new book is available online through sites including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and authorhouse.com.

The book is also available as an ebook.

Hamlett grew up in the Red House and Brookneal area, and graduated from William Campbell High School in 1982.

She has lived in Lynchburg since 1982.

She and her husband Phil have two sons, Noah and Christian.

For more information on her school visits or purchasing her books, visit marthahamlett.info or justonemoregamebook.com.