Martie Odell-Ingebretsen was born in Pasadena, California. She fell in love with books at an early age and continues that love of reading. She received her AA degree at Pasadena City College and attended the University of California at Berkeley and several California State College campuses where she majored in English Literature. She is a child-development specialist and has taught young children for over thirty years. She and her husband owned a flower shop for twenty years, where she spent many holidays delivering flowers. Martie has taken many classes in creative writing, poetry and fiction throughout her life. She has written a novel and a number of short stories, and over two thousand poems, currently. Many of her poems have been published. She continues to write and finds poetry to be a way to express her deepest feelings. She is a keen observer, and finds imagery in all things and in so doing appreciates the beauty and learns from the wisdom that surrounds her. Martie currently lives in Sacramento.
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