Cory Martin is an alumna of Immanuel and a published author of many books. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She also spent time studying literature at Cambridge University in England. Martin has written for the hit television show The O.C. and had been asked by Scholastic to pen three young adult novels based on the same TV series. She is the author of a memoir about dating, life in Hollywood and dealing with multiple sclerosis. Her essays have appeared online with Psychology Today, XOJane, Everyday Health, The Mighty, and Elephant Journal. Her book titled Love Locks was made into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. As a passionate yoga enthusiast, Cory Martin has also written a book about yoga for beginners.

Recently, we caught up with Martin to reminisce about her days at Immanuel. “My fondest memory is the eighth-grade play. We performed Our Town that year and I was cast as Emily Webb. I was always a shy student and having the lead gave me a newfound confidence in myself. I don’t know if that’s why I was cast—a teacher’s effort to instill confidence in the introvert—but it worked,” recalled Martin.

“The education I received in writing from Mr. Boetel was impeccable. I would have to say that everything I know about writing stems from my seventh and eighth grade years. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without that education. Sure, I’ve had great teachers and amazing experiences as I’ve grown older, but the English education I received in those two years really put me at an advantage. I strongly believe I wouldn’t be a writer today if it weren’t for those classes and the encouragement of my parents” said Martin.

We at Immanuel are very proud of Cory Martin and her achievements. Keep up the good work!