Meet Martha

Isn’t it just like God that I found Him through a book and now He has me writing them?

Books have always shaped my life, the most important one being the Bible. When I discovered it as the Word of God, it was an “Aha!” event. At last, a bottom line of how to live. No more situational ethics for me.

I wasn’t born with a passion to write, so it was odd when I discovered an old high school term paper saying I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. How did I get started? Back surgery for a ruptured disc in 1982.  After my operation, a friend sent a Christmas card and wrote, “Gee, Martha, you could write a book about your experiences.” Those words flashed like a neon urgent-care billboard.

A few months later, I found myself at the Mt. Herman Christian Writer’s Conference. I’d been told attending would either get me very excited about writing or I’d say, “Nah, this isn’t for me.” Well, excited was an understatement. I was charged, ignited, ready to blast off.

At Mt. Hermon I met an editor of a Sunday School take-home paper who bought my very first article. My literary career began.

Over the years, I worked on articles, many of them published. Then I wrote my first nonfiction book, Held Captive by Futile Thoughts? Break Free! published in 2000, now out of print.

A story about intimacy through letter writing was picked up by Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul. Several other tales were placed in other compilation books, and another Chicken Soup.

At the Glorieta Christian Writer’s Conference, I had less than 30 seconds to pitch a parenting book to an editor. The timing was right, she liked the idea and Parenting 20-Something Kids: Recognizing Your Role as They Find Their Way made it into print in 2005. Since then, it’s been printed in the Afrikaans language and as an ebook.

Interesting side note: I was touring in Pamukkale, Turkey in 2008 and met a woman from South Africa. I mentioned my book had been recently translated into Afrikaans. She asked the title. When I told her, her eyes got big. She said, “I just reviewed your book for my newspaper and people loved it.” Made this writer smile. Talk about small world!

In addition to writing, I love watercolor painting and have been in a Monday afternoon class for many years now. Travels to Mont St. Michel (France), St. Petersburg (Russia), Riatea (French Polynesia) and the Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey) are bucket-list travels I’ve completed. French, sailing, making jewelry and creating memory books are also things I love. Oh, don’t forget lunch with friends and chocolate. Preferably Godiva.

Recently I completed a trilogy of novels. The first, War of Whispers, was published in October, 2013 and is available on Amazon. The second, Ambush of Inheritance, and the third, still unnamed are complete.These fictional tales deal with healing and reveal heavenly influences, angels as well as demonic interlopers demonstrating an important part in our own health and well-being.

I’m on the board of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild www.sandiegocwg.org and host a monthly critique group. I’m also an active participant in a local healing and deliverance ministry. I live in southern California and have two beautiful married daughters and three grandchildren.

My philosophy is this: regardless of the “success” of my writing, the process is a way to worship God, to glorify Him and live out the creativity He so freely shares with me.

Martha’s bio is in the San Diego Christian Writer’s Newsletter, The Royalty Note, February 2011 issue.

Writing awards:

Finalist, ACFW Genesis Contest 2006, Fiction

Honorable mention 2005, SDCWG for Non-fiction

Finalist, San Diego Book Awards 2006 Non-Fiction

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