Before writing Raised in Captivity, Marty Thompson Arnold was a teacher, journalist, magazine editor and non-profit administrator. A Kalamazoo (Michigan) native and a sixth-generation West Michiganer, she left the area for a decade to study at Alma College, Michigan State and Northwestern University and to teach in the Chicago area. After being accused of “Michigan chauvinistic” tendencies, she decided it was time to return home. She settled in Grand Rapids with her husband Paul and children, Sam and Leah, on a small patch of urban wilderness not far from downtown.
Today, she tends a large native garden, watches over the flora and fauna in her deep, wooded ravine. She still misses her Zelda—her most loyal gardening companion—and is glad to be able to immortalize her as major character in Raised in Captivity.
Her newest passion is “re-wilding” her property, i.e. restoring it to the oak savannah and prairie it was before it became an apple orchard. (She thinks Iris would approve.)
She has been a volunteer at John Ball Zoo, Blandford Nature Center, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Butterfly Network, Kent County Parks and is the current president of River City Wild Ones. She also writes short fiction and is doing “mental writing” on a new novel when she’s not distracted by a new bird on the feeder and an unidentified bee in her garden.