About Martha

Martha Brockenbrough (rhymes with broken toe) is the author of two books for adults and ten books for young readers (with several others on the way).

A faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts and blogger for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators,* she's also  the founder of National Grammar Day (every March 4), and she's written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit.

The former editor of MSN.com, Martha has interviewed lots of celebrities, including the Jonas Brothers and Slash (his favorite dinosaur is the diplodocus). Her work has been published in a variety of places, including The New York Times. She also wrote an educational humor column for the online encyclopedia Encarta for nine years. 

She lives in Seattle with her family. Her favorite kind of food is Indian, although Thai runs a close second. Besides writing, she likes board games, playing music with the family band, travel to places far and near, drinking lots of coffee, and working out really hard at the gym.

(*Martha has opinions, too. Sharp ones. Funny ones. Ones that matter to her. Any opinions she expresses belong to her and not to any of her employers.) 


Martha won a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award and a Washington State Book Award for her novel THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH. She was also a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. 

The book was also on several lists: 
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Teen & YA
An Amazon Best Book of 2015
A Booklist Top Ten Arts Book for Youth
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2015
A Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015

Her debut novel, DEVINE INTERVENTION, was one of Kirkus Reviews Top 100 books for teens in 2012, and was a Kansas State Reading Circle selection.


Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.


Martha Brockenbrough (Photo by Emerald England)

Martha Brockenbrough (Photo by Emerald England)