Gabriela Martins

Cindy Seip

Gabriela Martins is a Brazilian kid lit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She is a former high school teacher and has worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks. She also edited and self-published Keep Faith, a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology. Her debut novel, Like a Love Song (Underlined), follows Natalie, a Brazilian pop star living her dream, topping the charts and setting records – until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. The incident is not only humiliating, it could end her career. What is her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Natalie reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy – not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top, Natalie starts to fall for William, and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart? Jennifer Dugan, the author of Hot Dog Girl, called it the “perfect ode to falling in love while you’re still finding your voice.”