A second generation Phoenix native, Gayle Homes Martin attended Central High School and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in art. After ASU, she attended The Academy of Art College in San Francisco for postgraduate studies in graphic design. She then moved to Denver, Colorado, where she became a freelance graphic designer and won the Unsung Heroine of the Year Award from the Denver Advertising Federation.
Gayle returned to Phoenix in 1997. Her father, W.E. “Bill” Homes, Jr., was the retired CEO and president of Homes & Son Construction Company, Inc., the contractor who built the original Cine Capri. At the time Gayle returned her father was dying of cancer. As a tribute to her father, and as a thank you to the many fans who had feverously worked to save the theater, she commissioned a 1/4 scale model of the original Cine Capri Theatre, unveiling it at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe, Arizona in May, 1999 and raising over $5000 for two Valley charities. She has been written up in several publications, including The Arizona Republic, Today’s Arizona Woman, and, most recently, in the Summer, 2016 issue of Arizona Contractor & Community, a Phoenix trade publication.
Gayle currently resides in Tucson, Arizona and is now a published author. Her award-winning Luke and Jenny series of historical novels teach young readers the history of the American west in a fun and entertaining way. She’s also the author of a historic cookbook titled, Rosie’s Riveting Recipes, and she writes romance novels under the pen name Marina Martindale.