When Martha was seven, she traveled with her parents to Italy, where the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Roman Forum made an indelible impression on her. As they walked the streets of Pompeii, she informed her parents that she had been there before. It was all entirely familiar. You’ll find photos of her in Pompeii on that first visit at marthamarks.com.
As a teenager, she devoured every available novel about ancient Rome. As an adult, she read newer fiction set in that time, traveled extensively to the ancient places that she writes about, and studied ancient history and cultures. RUBIES OF THE VIPER, its sequel, THE VIPER AMULET, and the in-progress third book of the series, THE RUBY RING, are the direct results of the fascination that began on that childhood trip to Italy.
Years later, Martha earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and taught on the faculties of Northwestern University and Kalamazoo College. During that time, she co-authored three college-level Spanish textbooks published by McGraw-Hill: Destinos, Al corriente, and ¿Qué tal?
These days, Martha and her husband, fine-art painter Bernard Marks, and their handsome gray-tuxedo cat live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.