"Keeping the love...
keeping the laughter"
- Martha Bolton, (I Love You...Still, Revell, 2000)
Martha Bolton is a prolific author of 88 books, an Emmy nominee (Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics, 1988), a Dove Award nominee (Children's Musical, 1999), and a "with" author on three New York Times bestselling books. She was nominated for a Writers' Guild Award for her work on the Emmy-winning Bob Hope--The First Ninety Years. She was Bob's first full-time female staff writer, and wrote for his television specials (over 30 hours of primetime programming and fifteen years of his personal appearances and special events). As a staff writer for Bob Hope, Bolton had the opportunity to write scripted lines for a virtual Who's Who in entertainment, sports, and politics.
Bolton also wrote for Phyllis Diller for many years, and her series of books for those over fifty include, Didn't My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking with Hot Flashes, and The Whole World is Changing and I'm Too Hot to Care. She has also written for many Christian comedians such as Mark Lowry (including parodies and co-writing his Piper the Hyper Mouse series), Chonda Pierce, Jeff Allen, and numerous others.
Martha's stage work includes writing the script for The Confession, based on Beverly Lewis' best-selling Confession trilogy; co-writing both Half-Stitched, based on Wanda Brunstetter’s bestselling book The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club and Our Christmas Dinner with director/composer Wally Nason; Josiah for President and BGM’s newest musical, The Home Game. Both Josiah for President and The Home Game have accompanying novels penned by Bolton, and were adapted for the stage by the Blue Gate Musical's creative team.
Can I Just Hide in Bed 'Til Jesus Comes Back
OUCH: Encouragement for the Hurts of Life
WOW: Celebrations for the Successes of Life
Musings with Martha
A Funny Thing Happened to Me
On My Way to Becoming A Writer
(including her popular "A Day In The Life of a Writer" presentation). Perfect for writer's conferences and seminars.
Writing by Emotion©
Martha’s own method of putting what you feel into what you write.
Mining Your Mind for Laughs
(The Ins and Outs of Writing Comedy)
Learn how to write humor on just about any topic. Class will cover the building blocks of a joke, different joke forms, sketchwriting, mixing message and mirth, writing dialogue, and more.
Speaking at Erma Bombeck's Writers' Conference
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bob Hope with Gene Perret and Martha Bolton
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Martha is one of the
funniest writers alive today."
"look up the definition of 'a great top comedy writer, talented, sensitive, and a truly genuinely nice person -
a picture of Martha Bolton would appear. She is a brilliant talent, having written for the likes of the great Bob Hope all the way to my shows, whether in Las Vegas or the U.S.O. Tours in Beirut or Afghanistan. She’s the best and I am honored to know her."
"Martha Bolton finds fun in
the familiar, the mirth in
the mundane, the belly
laughs in the
"Martha Bolton is witty and uplifting!"
"How To Soar With Eagles When You Feel Like A Chicken Nugget"
A Funny Thing Happened to Me
on My Way to a Comedy Writing Career
The Speaking & Teaching of Martha Bolton
Martha would love the opportunity to speak at your church or business function.
Enjoy her Godly perpective and humorous insights in the following talks.