Finley Martin was born in Binghamton, New York and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. degree in English at the University of Scranton, and during the 1960’s he served as an officer with the United States Marine Corps at posts in America, the Caribbean, and Asia.
After he returned to civilian life, he worked as a free-lance writer, p.r. consultant, and photographer and became public relations director at International Correspondence Schools.
In the 70’s he received an M.A. from the University of Ottawa and a B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island. For many years he taught English literature at high school and writing courses at university. He has also worked as a truck driver, labourer, carpenter, boat builder, and deckhand aboard commercial fishing vessels and passenger ferries.
During his writing career he published numerous magazine and newspaper articles, poetry, and short stories in Canada and the U.S. He produced a mini-series for CBC Radio and has given numerous poetry readings.
He authored four books: New Maritime Writing, Square Deal Pub., Charlottetown, PE; A View from the Bridge, Montague, PE; The Reluctant Detective, The Acorn Press, Charlottetown, PE; The Dead Letter, The Acorn Press, Charlottetown, PE.
Finley Martin is an award-winning writer, recognized for accomplishments in poetry, short stories, non-fiction works and mystery novels. He has commanded troops, built boats, sailed solo voyages, driven trucks, and taught students from elementary to university. He is uncomfortable when idle and seeks small adventures wherever he can.