I am a writer passionate about translating science, technology, and history to middle-grade and young adult audiences with an engaging (narrative) perspective.
But, it wasn’t always this way…
Many authors say they’ve always been writing stories since they were very little kids.
As a kid, I didn’t like to write. Not one little bit. I was the one who used the biggest handwriting possible to fill the one or two pages assigned as fast as I could. I loved reading (a lot!), but I hated writing.
Now math and science, that was cool! Getting my hands messy and figuring out the way things worked were my favorite.
After high school, I decided to keep studying both books and science. I went to college for English and Mechanical Engineering. To me, it was the perfect combination! It was the start of melding my two loves – science and books.
After graduation, I got a job in Detroit developing hybrid cars. It was interesting, but I felt like something was missing.
While working, I went back to school at night. There, returned once again to laboratories and textbooks, I finally realized what was missing. At my job, there was never any raw discovery, no search for a great answer to an involved question. I needed to be learning something new. I needed to create something the world had never seen before.
So, I quit my job.
I went back to school (again!) to learn biomechanics and research how the human body gets injured. The University of Virginia was a fantastic, energetic place to be, filled with passionate people all eager to push the bounds of what we know. There were new subjects to master in class and new problems to explore in the lab. (and, a husband to meet on the softball field 😉 But, that’s a different story…)
At UVA, I worked with the NFL to understand Turf Toe injuries in professional football players. I tested, analyzed data, and synthesized the results into a meaningful conclusion.
And, most importantly, I started to write.
Now that I got to write about cool science and describe the most fascinating things that I wanted to write about (not what some teacher told me to write about…), writing was fun!
After I graduated, I moved to Dayton, Ohio to research biometrics at Wright-Patterson Air Force base. And I kept on publishing. It got to the point that I wanted to do projects just to have the fun of writing and seeing the results in print.
These days, I no longer work as an engineer, but I am still constantly researching. I get excited about questions like “What do we know about the first milliseconds of the universe’s life?” or “Who designs roller coasters and how?” or “How did we beat the Russians to the moon?”
Creating articles and books that explain the beautiful complexity of the universe is the best job I can think of.
There is an endless, fascinating world in and around us with fascinating people leading our discovery of it. I am honored to write about it all.
So, that’s the story of what I write and why. I’ve created a page called “Adventures” to help show some other aspects of my life and things I find interesting. I’ve done a fair amount of traveling and had some pretty wonderful adventures so far – every bit of it colors my writing.