Irene Martin was born in England and raised in Canada. She came to the U.S. in 1973. She is the author of Legacy and Testament: The Story of Columbia River Gillnetters and The Beach of Heaven: A History of Wahkiakum County, both published by Washington State University Press. Her other titles include Lewis and Clark in the Land of the Wahkiakums (Scrubjay, 2003) and Sea Fire, Tales of Jesus and Fishing (Crossroads, 2003). She has also written many articles on fisheries and Northwest history. Her awards include the James B. Castles Heritage Award and the Washington Governor's Heritage Award.