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 in the U.S. Marine Corps at posts in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Asia.
After returning to civilian life, he worked as a free-lance writer, PR consultant, and photographer, and became public relations director 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 worked as truck driver, carpenter, boat builder, and deckhand aboard fishing vessels and passenger ferries. He has also been employed in private security and in guarding prisoners for the R.C.M.P.
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 public readings.
He authored six books: New Maritime Writing, (Square Deal Pub.), and A View from the Bridge (Town of Montague); three detective novels – The Reluctant Detective, The Dead Letter, and Killings at Little Rose, all published by Acorn Press; and a nautical memoir, Sailing in Circles, Goin’ Somewhere, published by Nimbus Publishing. His writing continues to this day…