• I have studied rat noses, rabbit cholesterol, chicken immune systems, and a virus that paralyzes mice. That last one earned me a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since leaving the lab in 1996, I have been a freelance writer, covering topics ranging from cancer to asthma to jackalopes.

    I started writing fiction for young readers as part of an assignment with an educational publisher. I enjoyed it so much I decided to try my hand at novels. Because I love science, my debut novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, is full of real science. I call this genre “sciency fiction”.

    I had thought of myself as a science writer and children’s novelist, but when I was approached with an opportunity to collaborate on a biography for young readers, I jumped on it. Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist is my first published book-length nonfiction. It may not be the last.

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