Children's Author

When the World Went Quiet tells the true stories of the animals around the world showing up in unexpected places during the global pandemic of 2020.

Tia Martina's melodic words are accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Kelly Ulrich. Together, they take us on a journey around the globe introducing us to the animals along the way. From India to Singapore, Argentina to America, this is a children's book for all ages.

It closes with a loving invitation to all children everywhere to think about what they can do, no matter how small, to make more room for the animals, too.

This book is not to be missed!

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Tia Martina is a children's author who loves finding magic in everyday events. Whether it's from walks in the forest with her dog or watching her bird eat a bowl of spaghetti, she enjoys capturing the little moments that make life special and fun. In her first children's book, When the World Went Quiet, Tia Martina used her love of rhyme and verse to document the animal adventures that took place around the world while people stayed home. 



For over two decades, the name “Tia Martina” has been synonymous with fun, hugs, and love—as well as a good story or two. Tia Martina is actually author Martina Faulkner’s alter-ego. When she decided to start sharing her children’s books, it seemed only natural that they would be under the name used by her many nieces and nephews, both biological and not.


When Tia Martina is not writing new adventures or coming up with new characters and ideas, she loves spending time with her dogs (Lucas and Maddie), her friends, and her family, or painting, coloring, and listening to music.

You can learn more about Tia Martina's upcoming work by clicking here.