The written word has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, and started with the adventures of The Hardy Boys.
Growing up in small West Virginia towns left a lot of time for reading, and offered up worlds of adventure—exploring what creatures lay under rocks in mountain streams, and undiscovered caves with lost treasure.
That craving for discovery eventually led to a career in biology, but not what can be seen with the naked eye, instead those tiny microbes that every now and then, seek out and infect us.
I strive to nurture the love of curiosity in students. Now, I am widening my classroom, blending science, character, and adventure, into stories I hope you will find interesting, and exciting!
Phage is the first novel of a science thriller trilogy. Dr. Sam Townsend faces the greatest challenge of his career—preventing a diabolical pathogen from being unleashed on the US population. Standing in his way are demons from his past, and a home-grown terrorist bent on destroying Sam.
I hold a PhD in Medical Sciences, specializing in Microbiology & Immunology. Over a 30-year international career with universities and governments, my research has explored how pathogens exist in the environment and food, and then how they cause disease in humans. During that time, I have collaborated with organizations, including the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization. My work has been published in over 110 scientific articles and a dozen books.
In addition to extensive writings on food-borne pathogens, I am the author of a fiction trilogy of science-thrillers, one of which is excerpted on this site.