About Marty

Marty Mokler Banks is a children’s author, travel writer, editor, tennis player, hockey fan and dog lover.

Long ago, her love of reading morphed into a love of writing fiction… which, once she had kids, transformed into a love of good, inventive, thoughtful and funny children’s literature.

MartyBanks_GG_RockClimbs_HRHer most recent children’s book is G.G. Rock Climbs(The G.G. Series, Book #2) (Switch Monkey Press, 2014). The series follows MartyBanks_GGSnowboards200the spunky, sassy, eight-year-old G.G. as she explores a new extreme sport in each book.

The first book in the series is G.G. Snowboards (The G.G. Series, Book #1) (Switch Monkey Press, 2013).

The Adventures of Tempest & SerenaIn 2012, Marty launched her first chapter book, The Adventures of Tempest & Serena, a charming yet suspenseful adventure that features exploding volcanoes, yaks, dragons and a little bit of magic.

The Splatters Learn Some Manners (Harvest House Publishers, 2009), Marty’s first published book, is a lively, zany children’s picture book and a Colorado Book Award finalist for Children’s Literature, 2010.

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She’s also co-authored a travel book: Insiders’ Guide to Colorado Springs (Globe Pequot Publishers, 2011).

Marty’s writing comes out of her love for reading. She found reading easy to learn, but not exciting until fourth grade, when she discovered a middle grade novel, The Raft by Robert Trumbull. That book showed her how incredible the world of fiction could be. Since then she’s had her eyes in at least one book and sometimes multiple books at a time.

Marty grew up in Southern California in a noisy house with lots of brothers, horse trails and a view of the ocean. After  an early, casual foray into barrel racing and riding bareback just for the fun of it, Marty spent most of her elementary, middle and high school afternoons training for horse shows on the weekends. By college, she gave up both her horses and view of water when she moved to Boulder, Colorado and earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

After various jobs at magazines and big corporations, Marty spent time with the smart and creative people at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She now freelances travel and marketing writing when not writing children’s fiction. Marty is highly involved with the motivated and connected people at Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

Contact her at MartyMoklerBanks@aol.com.

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Marty Mokler Banks with two of her favorite young readers. Morgan, with the pug, loved Judy Moody books when she read chapter books. She’s now into middle grade novels and has enjoyed Lindsay Eland’s A Summer of Sundays. Lilly, with the cute little white dog in front, is just entering the chapter book world and is into the Heidi Heckelbeck series. Fun photo note: Marty had to hold the black lab’s collar because he really, really wanted to eat the carrot nose off the snowman.