Marti’s enjoyment of mystery books began as a child, when she first discovered the Bobbsey Twins series before moving on to Nancy Drew. As she grew, her reading tastes became more eclectic, but once she read Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, she was hooked on legal thrillers. John Grisham’s The Firm sealed the deal for her and she now seeks out legal thriller writers like Michael Connolly, John Lescroart and Phillip Margolin. Although she loves the tales told by those writers, there seemed to be missing from the literature a hard-working woman attorney, torn – as are so many women – between her commitment to her job and to her family. And so she created Dani Trumball – an Ivy League trained lawyer devoted both to seeking justice for the wrongly convicted and to her husband and son.
Marti’s inspiration for writing about innocence stems from her experience counseling drug users who had pending criminal cases. She discovered that if the defendant continued to maintain his innocence after conviction, he would be deemed unrepentant and get a harsher sentence. Once a jury voted to convict, the defendant was considered guilty regardless of the truth. That exposure to the court system prompted an interest in the law, and she entered Hofstra Law School, where she was a member of the law review.
Marti now lives in central Florida with her husband and her Siberian cat, Howie. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, jogging and golf. She heads back to New York regularly to visit her two sons and their wives, and her five beautiful grandchildren.
What You Didn’t Know About Marti:
- With her son and daughter-in-law, Marti founded a non-profit (Urban Trailblazers) which provided a program of travel and volunteer service for disadvantaged New York City teens, including a 4 week, fully funded trip across the U.S.
- Marti’s hiked across England, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, twice—a total of 200 miles over mountains and moors.
- Marti has climbed all 35 mountains in the Catskills that are over 3500 feet, including the ones (one-third of the total) that have no trails.
- Marti once created a party game for adults called Ultimate Truth. While it was never released commercially, she and her friends still pull it out and play when they get together.
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