Critically acclaimed playwright, novelist and short fiction writer Martha Brooks was born and raised in a medical family on the grounds of the now defunct Manitoba Sanatorium at Ninette, Manitoba and resides with her husband, Brian, in Winnipeg.

She has penned award-winning short stories and several powerful novels for young readers, as well as several plays, all of which deal with the universal themes of love and loss. Her finely drawn characters learn to deal with the trials life sends their way and grow because of such trials.

Frequently appearing on the American Library Association Best Books Lists, Brooks has been nominated four times for the Governor­General's Award - receiving it, at last, in 2002 for "True Confessions of a Heartless Girl."