More About the Author
After writing her first "book" at age 9 (titled, NO FUN BEING YOUNG, about being the youngest in her family), Martha grew up to become the author of 88 books, including her newest, JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years, and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. She has also written for dozens of comedians and entertainers, including Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton, Chonda Pierce, and Mark Lowry.
The winner of four Angel Awards, Martha also wrote the scripts for the stage production of JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT, the Musical; THE CONFESSION Musical; and HALF-STITCHED, the Musical (music by Wally Nason, produced by Dan Posthuma and Mel Riegsecker). These musicals are currently playing at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana, the Bird in Hand Family Restaurant and Theater in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, and the Carlisle Inn, in Sugar Creek, Ohio. For tickets, performance dates and times, and additional information, go to www.BlueGateMusicals.com
BETHLEHEM OR BUST is a fun and message-driven Christmas musical for children which Martha co-wrote with Andy Cundiff, Darrell Bledsoe, and Ted Wilson. For additional information on this musical, visit www.bethlehemorbust.com
Martha also wrote the book, JESSE and the SUPER SENSORIFIC SEASHORE, A Day in the Life of a Boy with Autism, which was recently named Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine. Her children's musical, A LAMB'S TALE, written with Dennis Allen, also received a Dove award nomination.
Martha sees the humor in life, and especially in being a baby boomer, as evident in her popular book series for middle-agers (DIDN'T MY SKIN USED TO FIT?, COOKING WITH HOT FLASHES, and soon to be released, THE WHOLE WORLD IS CHANGING AND I'M TOO HOT TO CARE).