About Me

I am an international novelist, university lecturer and freelance writer.

A few facts:

My first novel, Dying Young, was a number 5 New York Times Bestseller and made into a film starring Julia Roberts. The book was also once on the TV show, Frasier! I wrote it by hand on notepaper or on one of the terminals in a computer laboratory while I was a master’s student at the University of California, Irvine.

The novel, Daniel Isn’t Talking, is based very loosely on my experience as a young mother with a son with autism. It was a terrifying time during which I mostly taught my son, hour by hour, how to communicate and play. I spent all my money and gave all my time to helping him. Once he was in primary school I returned to writing and along came Daniel Isn’t Talking. I sometimes think I should write a non-fiction follow on book called Daniel Speaks Greek, because my once non-verbal son now speaks many languages, including modern Greek. His favourite thing is travelling.

I began writing Dragonfly after having a vivid dream about being able to bring back the recently deceased and how it changed everything, including our notion of what death is.

I read just every newspaper article I could dig up about the Vietnam war before beginning the novel, The Man From Saigon. I felt like writing a big fat love story set in wartime and wanted to emphasise what it was like for women journalists during that time. My mother was a journalist but she didn’t cover Vietnam (except as it was protested in the streets of America).



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    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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      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!


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    Christopher Lawson
    March 9, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you Marti! ♥

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