Martha Rofheart, née Jones, was born in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to New York City to become a model and actress. She made her Broadway debut in 1942 in The Pirate with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who was her mentor. She appeared in a number of other plays on Broadway and on tour in the USA and Canada. In 1943, she married Robert Emhardt, a fellow actor; they later divorced. In 1952, she married Ralph Rofheart, an art director and advertising executive, with whom she had a son. In the late 1960s, Mrs. Rofheart began working as a freelance ad copywriter, and went on to write historical novels. Her first book, Fortune Made His Sword, appeared in 1972. It was published as Cry God For Harry in the UK.