Martha Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder and her graduate degree in American Literature from the University of Denver. She has taught college and university writing at all levels, business communication, literature and English as a Second Language.
For many years she lived in the San Diego area, most recently in Descanso, a small town in the Cuyamaca Mountains. In 2014 she returned to Colorado to live in Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley, a place she calls "Heaven."
Martha Kennedy has published three works of historical fiction. Her first novel, Martin of Gfenn, which tells the story of a young fresco painter living in 13th century Zürich, was awarded the Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Review and the BRAG Medallion from IndieBRAG in 2015. In 2017, Martin of Gfenn was short-listed for the Chaucer Award from Chanticleer Reviews.
Her second novel, Savior, also an BRAG Medallion Honoree (2016), tells the story of a young man in the 13th century who fights depression by going on Crusade. Her newest novel, The Brothers Path, a loose sequel to Savior, looks at the same family three hundred years later as they find their way through the Protestant Reformation. It has also been named a BRAG Medallion honoree.
Kennedy has also published a collection of short stories, Luv', and a work of non-fiction, My Everest: Thirty Years of San Diego Hiking (With Dogs!). She has also published many short-stories and articles in a variety of publications from the Denver Post to the Business Communications Quarterly. In 2016 she was awarded third prize for adult fiction by the Alamosa Public Library publication "Letters from the Hidden Lake."