From her first "book" at age 9 (titled, NO FUN BEING YOUNG, about being the youngest in her family), Martha went on to become the author of 88 books, including recent novels, JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT and THE HOME GAME. She was the first female staff writer for Bob Hope, and received an Emmy... show more
From her first "book" at age 9 (titled, NO FUN BEING YOUNG, about being the youngest in her family), Martha went on to become the author of 88 books, including recent novels, JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT and THE HOME GAME. She was the first female staff writer for Bob Hope, 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, Mark Lowry, and Chonda Pierce. The winner of four Angel Awards, Martha has also written the scripts for the stage productions of THE HOME GAME MUSICAL, JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT, the Musical; THE CONFESSION Musical, and MENNONITE GIRLS CAN COOK the Musical. She co-wrote HALF-STITCHED, the Musical and OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER with Director/Composer Wally Nason. Produced by Dan Posthuma (Executive Producer Mel Riegsecker), these musicals are currently playing at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana, the Bird in Hand Stage in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, and the Ohio Star Theater in Sugar Creek, Ohio. For tickets, performance dates, and additional information, go to www.BlueGateMusicals.com THE HOME GAME novel received a 2017 Golden Scroll Merit Award for Fiction by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. The award was announced at the 2017 Golden Scrolls Banquet held at Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.A LAMB'S TALE, a children's musical co-written with Dennis Allen, received a Dove award nomination. BETHLEHEM OR BUST, a fun, message-driven Christmas musical for children was co-written with Andy Cundiff, Darrell Bledsoe, and Ted Wilson. For additional information on this musical, visit www.bethlehemorbust.com BETHLEHEM'S BIG NIGHT is another Christmas musical of Martha's, with music by Bill Wolaver.JESSE and the SUPER SENSORIFIC SEASHORE, A Day in the Life of a Boy with Autism, received a Book of the Year - Special Needs honor by Creative Child Magazine. Martha loves to find the humor in life, as evident in her popular book series for middle-agers: DIDN'T MY SKIN USED TO FIT?, COOKING WITH HOT FLASHES, THE WHOLE WORLD IS CHANGING AND I'M TOO HOT TO CARE), just to name a few. All of the above books are available through Amazon. Martha's latest release, CAN'T I JUST STAY IN BED 'TIL JESUS COMES BACK?, co-written with Christen Ditchfield, invites readers to face life with courage, not comforters. As Martha's life statement says, "Life's tough, God's good, and laughter is calorie-free."