Marty Ambrose has been a writer most of her life, consumed with the world of literature whether teaching English at Florida Southwestern State College or creating her own fiction. She completed her M.Phil. at the University of York (England) and was an English Professor at FSW for three decades before she moved into full-time writer and adjunct faculty member. She was a NISOD recipient for teaching excellence, department chair, and academic assessment coordinator. Her area of expertise is nineteenth-century British Romantics poets, and she wrote her dissertation on “Calvinism in Byron’s Poetry.” Her fiction writing career has spanned almost fifteen years, with eight published novels for Avalon Books, Kensington Books, Thomas & Mercer – and, now, Severn House.
A few years ago, Marty had the opportunity to take a new creative direction that builds on her interest in the Romantic poets: historical mystery. Her first book in a trilogy, Claire’s Last Secret, combines memoir and mystery in a genre-bending narrative of the Byron/Shelley “haunted summer,” with Claire Clairmont, as the protagonist/sleuth — the “almost famous” member of the group. Her second novel, A Shadowed Fate, begins where the first novel ends with Claire on an “odyssey” through Italy to find the fate of her daughter, Allegra, whom she now believes might have survived; her narrative plays out with Byron’s memoir from 1821, and Allegra’s own story. It was published by Severn House this past spring in the U.K. and United States, as well as by Thomas Schluck in Germany in December, 2020.
Marty lives on an island in Southwest Florida with her husband, former news-anchor, Jim McLaughlin, where they tend their mango grove. She is currently working on the third book in her trilogy, Forever Past, and will be heading back to Italy to research the next novel.
It’s all about the journey…