I write fiction for teens, read books for everyone, and used to blog weekly at Operation Awesome. Sometimes I still can't keep my writing brain from overflowing, so I blog about writing here. Staying involved with other writers is important to me; I have served as the president of the committee that oversees the Whitney Awards, and this year I'm on the committee that puts on the Storymakers Conference. I also work part-time as an administrative assistant at a literary agency, which marries my love of spreadsheets and my love of books.
I recently got into a show at the local community theater; it's wonderful to have a creative outlet that allows me to interact in person with fellow oddballs. While I love writing, it can definitely be an isolated pursuit.
I have a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling, which I used to teach a class called Genetics 101 for Writers at the Storymakers Conference a few years ago. If you ever have a genetics-related question for something you're writing, hit me up!