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"Creativity takes courage.” 

       Henri Matisse

New Release

Published November 22, 2021



Marta Stephens is a master crime fiction and mystery novelist who knows how to spin complex, credible, action-packed, and gripping stories with plot, subplot, and more subplot. Her works are well-crafted tales that ride the borders between hard-boiled crime mystery, suspense, and thrillers. She has always been drawn to books and films in the mystery/suspense genres which have influenced her writing.

Stephens’s most recently published work, I Spy a Crime: An Anthology is her first collective book of short mysteries.

Her published crime fiction novels are: Silenced Cry, the first book in the Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, (1st edition, 2007; 2nd edition, 2017), received honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Fair. Book two in the series, The Devil Can Wait, (1st edition, 2008; 2nd edition 2017), received the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY). Shroud of Lies (2017), takes place in 1962, Hollywood, California, and introduces private investigator, Rhonie Lude.

Stephens is also an artist and very involved in her local artists' guild. When she’s not spending time with family and friends, she devotes herself to writing and painting. Her novels may be purchased from Amazon and/or bought directly from this website.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Ball State University (2001) and is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, lived in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s but has called Indiana home since the age of four.


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Lilli's Violet, 12" x  16" Acrylics on canvas. First Prize Acrylics Category, August 2021 

MAG Annual Show

THE ARTIST:  From a very young age Stephens's instinct was to draw. However, despite taking numerous art courses over the years, she describes herself as a self-taught artist.


Her formal education includes courses taken at U.C.L.A, the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and Ball State University where she worked with a variety of mediums including ink, washes, clay, and charcoals.


It wasn't until she was in her early 30's that she and a group of friends began to meet one evening a week to paint. That's when she learned to use and appreciate the richness of oils and created her first piece, "Copper Kettle". 

Gardening is another passion. Often, Stephens's inspiration comes from nature and the study of light and shadows. The subject matters of her paintings are primarily still lifes and gardens.  

Stephens has been painting for most of her life yet remains open to learning new techniques and finding ways to improve her craft. That said, her style is in a constant state of development.  She studied the works of the old masters as well as contemporary artists but is especially drawn to the “blurry” world view of Impressionists like Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir. French, as well as American Impressionism, has certainly influenced her. She finds her style is mostly dictated by the subject matter. Sometimes, a piece yearns to reflect precise details. At other times, she lets the pallet knife dictate the unpredictable strokes and color combinations as in a couple of my paintings, Sun Flowers and Gold Fish

Please contact her to inquire about her work.



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