About Martha

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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

            - Christopher Robin to Pooh – A.A. Milne

It is said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” My way of “getting going” was to write.

The result was a book, and then another. Soon I was writing articles for magazines, chronicling the sometimes difficult, often humorous, and sometimes poignant moments of daily life.

To date, I have published five books and a variety of articles which have appeared in over 100 magazines nationwide.

I have experienced a number of challenges in my life, including miscarriage, my daughter’s mental health issues, my son’s addiction, and my mom’s life – altering illness. Writing about these issues has been a source of strength and resilience for me and, I am so pleased to say, a beacon of hope for my readers.

Out of this new life as a writer, people began to ask me to talk about my books and experiences, leading to another chapter of my life as a speaker. I love to speak to groups about ways I have discovered to navigate this world with courage, humor, and honesty.

Through my writing and my speaking presentations I provide a genuine voice as I speak and listen to those experiencing life’s deepest challenges.

When I am not writing, I am reading, usually with my cat curled up on my lap, and my dog beside me. I love my line dancing class, which I attend at least once a week. Of course, I love spending time with my family. One of our favorite activities is camping in the summer. My husband, John, and I are members of the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Passport Club. I am proud to say we have nearly accomplished our goal of visiting all of Minnesota’s 72 state parks.


With my beautiful family, husband, John, and children David and Christine

With my beautiful family, husband, John, and children David and Christine

With my Soul Line Dance Family Summer of 2016  

With my Soul Line Dance Family Summer of 2016

 

Family time

Family time

Having fun talking to people at a book fair

Having fun talking to people at a book fair