Martha Gould knew what it was like to be fat. She had been fat all through her teenage years. Somehow she blossomed as an adult and ended up losing a lot of weight. She grew up in a middle income family home in Brooklyn. She went to public schools and through hard work and with her parents support and encouragement, she got a full scholarship to NYU. She graduated with an honors degree in English. As soon as she graduated she started to write. Drawing from what she experienced as a child, her main focus was on big bodied women. She wanted to give them positive experiences in her books and that extended to finding true love. She writes her book for any insecure person out there who needs that extra bit of encouragement.