The Short Version: Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum.
More Details: Although in 2011 I converted to being a full-time novelist, there’s a part of me that will always think of myself as a freelance technical writer whose most marketable skill is my ability to translate product specifications from Engineer to English. I’m also a spouse and parent.
Like every other tech writer you will ever meet, I’ve been working on the next great American novel for several years (well, unless you happen to meet that one tech writer in Concord, Massachusetts who paints. I’ve also heard that there’s a technical writer in California who’s in a band, but I have yet to personally confirm this outrageous accusation).
When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write and research than the current one), my writerly self can be found sifting through the stacks in my church’s archives looking for a few good stories to tell, blogging about life with a very curious Seven-Year-Old here at Caterpickles, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.
Why a blog on exploring the world with a (now) second grader?
Over the many years I’ve worked as a professional technical writer, people have paid me to explain how everything from genetic testing to networking security works (with a subset of people paying me to explain how to do things like manage an access point for a 3G wireless network or use a Christmas tree to regulate the flow from an oil well).
Then I had a child. And though she doesn’t really want me telling her (how) to do things, she does ask a lot of interesting questions. Really interesting questions. So I started this blog. She doesn’t pay me much for it, but that’s ok. When I started this, she couldn’t read (much) anyway.