Marty Podskoch, a retired reading teacher, is the author of three other books: Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore (2000); Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts (2003); Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts (2005).
While gathering stories of the forest rangers and fire tower observers, he became fascinated with other aspects of the Adirondacks such as the logging and mining industries, the individualistic men who guided sportsmen, the hotels they stayed in, the animals, railroads, etc.
When Sam Glanzman, a noted comic book illustrator, asked to work on a project with Marty in 2003, Marty suggested writing a weekly newspaper column, "Adirondack Stories," that he would write and Sam would illustrate. Many newspapers in and around the Adirondacks began publishing the column. After three years they decided to publish this book with 150 illustrated panels from their newspaper column. They are now continuing this successful series.
Marty and his wife, Lynn, live in Colchester, CT where they are close to their family and two granddaughters, Kira and Lydia. He enjoys hiking in the nearby Salmon River Forest and is doing research on the CCC camps of the Adirondacks and Connecticut.