Martel is a television and radio presenter. Her debut novel, Scandalous is set in Dundee.
Dundee is simply the best. These days I split my time between London and Scotland but nothing beats the feeling of going back to Dundee. I have such a sense of nostalgia for my hometown. One time when I'd been in London for ages I burst into tears as I caught my first glimpse of the city as the train made its way across the Tay Bridge.
Dundee's more vibrant than ever. Over the years the shopping in the city has really improved. I love trawling the Overgate and city centre shops. There's a great social scene in the city too with trendy bars, quality restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.
My other great love is Dundee Football Club. And where else would you find two opposing teams on the same stretch of road?
I'm thrilled that the V&A is coming to Dundee. I'm delighted the docks have been chosen as the location, as visitors will see first hand the beauty of the Tay. It's great for everyone in Dundee, especially school children. They're bound to have so much fun on days out to the museum, and of course, they'll learn plenty too! We are so centrally located within Scotland and this is what we need to bring people to Dundee who might normally not come.
Our comic book history brings people of all ages together. I love the fact that people all over the world read about characters like Desperate Dan and the Bash Street kids, which were created in Dundee.
Dundonians are consistently voted the friendliest in Scotland and we definitely have a language and humour all of our own.