Martha Baillie was born in Toronto and studied at the University of Edinburgh, the Sorbonne in Paris, and the University of Toronto. While at university, she became involved in theatre, but switched her interests to writing. Her novels include The Shape I Gave You, a national bestseller, The Incident Report, nominated for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, and The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, which was accompanied by a digital companion, The Schlögel Archive. Her latest book, Sister Language (Pedlar Press), is a collaboration with her sister, Christina Baillie, a writer and artist who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Martha Baillie lives in Toronto.