New York Times Bestselling Author Deirdre Martin was six when she penne her first " book, ” a Peanuts parody. In addition to penning bad, maudlin poetry in junior high school and serving as the Arts Editor on her high school newspaper, she was ofte the Arts Editor at her college newspaper at the University of New York at Buffalo, where she arned her BA in English in 1985. While writing for the student newspaper there, she sold her first freelance magazine article and won a city wide play writing contest. Her play, Spin Cycle, about two lonely people at a laundromat, was subsequently performed in a theater space in downtown Buffalo.
Ater graduating college, Deirdre worked at a series of trade magazines before landing a job at Soap Opera Digest. While she says it was fun working in a place where she got to watch TV all afternoon, she longed to branch out, and after two day, left to begin freelancing full time. Over the course of her thirt year freelance career, her work appeared in a wide ariety of magazine, including Seventeen, YM, McCall 's, Fitness, New Woman, Bride 's, Bridal Guide, Inside Sports, Woman 's World, Modern Maturity, Islands, Newsday, and he New York Times. In 1998, her first non fiction book was published: Investing for Retirement ( Avon). She also contributed to Lifescripts for Managers, Lifescripts for Employees, and Lifescripts for the Self Employed. ( MacMillan, 1999).
Th fan of the romance genre and of soap opera ( " If Dickens were alive today, he 'd be writing for a soap, " Deirdre maintains), she wished to try her own hand at writing a romance ovel. The result, BODY CHECK, was published in March, 2003, followed by USA Today Bestseller FAIR PLAY in 2004, TOTAL RUSH in 2005, THE PENALTY BOX in 2006, and USA Today Bestseller CHASING STANLEY in 2008.
2008 also saw the publication of JUST A TASTE, which made The New York Times Bestseller List. Deirdre returned to the world of the Blades in 2009 with POWERPLAY. 2009 was also when she launched a new series, The Wild Hart Saga, centering around a large Irish American family who own a pub in Manhattan. The irst novel in this series, WITH A TWIST, was quickly followed by STRAIGHT UP in 2010, and there are plans for at least two more. But this New York Blades keep calling her back: her next nove, ICEBREAKER, will be published in 2011.
resident of Ithaca, NY, Deirdre enjoys hiking and biking with her usband, Mark Levine, co author of the financial bestsellers, Die Broke and Live Rich. When not busy lavishing affection on her beloved Newfie, Rocky, she also enjoys reading, aking, listening to music, yoga, photography, and hanging out with her friends from acting class. She 's had the same best friend since she was ninetee and adores the color urple.