About Me

I am an international novelist, university lecturer and freelance writer. I do all of it between laundry loads and school runs. Maybe that is why I write fast and accurately.

I used to be convinced that writers had to sacrifice all for their craft, an assumption that turns out to be nonsense.  I’ve seen many excellent writers whose lives are mostly devoted to pursuits well outside that of crafting novels or non-fiction.

My life has been shaped by my son’s autism, my love of animals and the gazillion books I read, almost none of them novels, which seems very odd for someone who is mostly known as a novelist. I am writing non-fiction right now, though I still enjoy helping fiction writers and am very proud of students I’ve helped and whose careers are thriving.

 

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    SILVINA LOPEZ
    June 5, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Hello dear marti, my name is silvina lopez from argentina, I am in full reading of your wonderful book “daniel no habla”, I feel deeply touched and identified in every word with each experience and with every emotion.I seem to be reading my own story … I have a small 5 year old diagnosed at 18 months within the autistic spectrum and from there everything changed for me.I share a note that I wrote in a diary of my country.It would be an honor if you could read me.a tender greeting. A faithful reader who admires you.Silvina lòpez

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      Marti
      June 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Hello Silvina! So sorry to reply late. I am so grateful you wrote to me and thank you so much for the kind words. So, your 5-year old was diagnosed at only 18 months. Well, in a way it is good to get that early diagnosis so you can set in motion all the help at an early age. Here in the UK, they don’t want to diagnose earlier than 5-years old which is way too late in my opinion. You have to start so early with children with autism or else they seem to never develop the skills of which they are capable.

      You are in Argentina…seems so far away and yet not. My real life son, Nick, on whom the fictional character Daniel was based, speaks Spanish and several other languages now. I wish I had known he would do so back in the days when he did not speak at all.

      Be well….and thank you again!

      Marti

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