Martha Bennett Stiles was born in the Philippine Islands, but grew up in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. ONE AMONG THE INDIANS, her first novel for young readers, is set around a bend in the James River from her girlhood home, "Innisfree." There she grew up milking goats and shearing sheep, experiences she drew on for her fourth young adult novel, KATE OF STILL WATERS.
As a College of William and Mary and a University of Michigan student (nicknamed Peggy, maiden name Wells), she majored in chemistry. After graduation from U. of M., she worked for DuPont in Richmond Virginia until her marriage to a chemistry professor removed her to Ann Arbor, Michigan for 23 years. Today, she and her husband breed thoroughbreds on their farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the site of her adult novel, LONESOME ROAD.
Martha has published stories in Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, Missouri Review, Southwest Review, New Orleans Review, Four Quarters, Seventeen, Ingenue, Coed, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Negative Capability, etc.
Her articles have appeared in Esquire; Michigan Quarterly Review; The New York Times Travel and OpEd Sections; Stereo Review; Worldview; Mankind; The Thoroughbred Record; The Horsemen’s Journal; The Maryland Horse; The Boston Globe; Writers’ Digest; Impresario; Virginia Cavalcade; Michigan Alumnus, and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
She has published book reviews in The New York Times, Mankind; The Detroit Free Press; The Ann Arbor News; and The Michigan Free Press.