I have been writing in one form or another almost all my life. I grew up wanting to be a writer and wrote my first novel at nineteen. I enrolled in university as an English major but transferred to science after my roommate said it was easier because I wouldn’t have to write essays. Four years later I had a degree in biology.
I moved to Texas – because it was warm – and after living in a snow belt, I’d had enough of winter. I started a Ph.D. in Toxicology, studying the mechanism of action of dioxin. It was fascinating research, but my favorite part of grad school was going to class and writing papers. I graduated in 1987 and started a Post Doc in Infectious Immunology. Here my favorite part was writing research proposals.
During this time I got married and after my husband took a job at the State Department, we moved to Washington D.C., where we lived for two years. Then two days after the onset of the first Gulf War we left for Africa with a one month stop in The Netherlands. Living in Nairobi, Kenya, I began to write full time. Besides fiction, I worked as a science writer and editor. We had intended to go overseas for two years and ended up staying eleven.
We moved back to the U.S. in 2002, and I continued to write. It wasn't until the 2008 economic crash that I became interested in economics. As I saw homes being foreclosed around me, and people I knew losing their jobs and investments, I wondered, why, what happened; how did the country end up in such a sorry state? The answer surprised me, which is where this story began.
Kathy T. Kale has worked as a science editor and writer. She lived in Africa for eleven years and has a Ph.D. in Toxicology.
That's the short version of my bio. Here is a longer (selective) verison.