Martine Bailey was born and raised in Lancashire, where she first wrote stories on the back of TV scripts discarded by her father, a composer of themes to many of Granada TV’s pioneering dramas. She gained a first class honours degree in English Literature and an MSc in Management, initially working as a lecturer and Human Resources Manager and later obtaining external academic posts at centres in Hong Kong and Cairo.
Martine lives in Cheshire, England and is married with one son. In 2012 she had a Creative Arts Scholarship at Muriwai Earthskin near Auckland. She has published four historical novels, An Appetite for Violets (2014), The Penny Heart (2015), The Almanack (2019) and The Prophet (2021).