Former resident publishes suspense novel
Scott Martell, a former island journalist and editor, recently published his first novel, “The Hyena Man.” It is an African suspense that primarily takes place at a charity orphanage and school in Ethiopia. Martell left Sanibel in 2006 to serve with Project Mercy in Ethiopia, serving in missions in the country through 2018. He currently teaches children in Vietnam, but continues to visit Ethiopia with his wife to work with their charity. Martell first came to the islands in 1983 to work as a reporter for the Sanibel-Captiva Islander, later becoming editor of the paper then executive editor of the Breeze Corporation’s island publications. He has also written columns for the Island Sun. On Sanibel, Martell has served on the boards of CROW, the former Pirate Playhouse, Sanibel Community Center and other civic work. He and his wife serve with Fort Myers-based New International, and they are members of the Sanibel Community Church. Martell is a pastoral counsellor and blogs regularly about seeking and finding joy. “The Hyena Man” is available on Amazon. For more information, visit scottdouglasmartell.com.