Born and raised in Alaska, Tam uses the long dark winters to nurture her love for reading and learning. Science has always been especially interesting to her. Senior year of high school, she took AP Chemistry and AP Biology, won a scholarship to a DOE camp at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, toured the superconducting supercollider, and karyotyped DNA from the HIV virus.
Then she realized if she pursued biomedical engineering, she might never see the outside of a lab again.
So she attended Willamette University and earned a Bachelor of Science in English. She began writing her first novel as a senior thesis.
After college graduation, she moved back to Alaska, had two children, bought a house, became a Certified Master Gardener, and began the challenge of gardening and farming in the High North.
Newly attuned to the land and our food supply, her mind created futuristic scenarios of a world without plants. A world without food. A world where bio-engineering might be the only thing that could save humanity. She drew on her previous grounding in science, plus the things she'd learned about plants and animals while farming to create the Botanicaust world.
When she's not writing, you can find her either outside, weeding the garden, fishing the river for salmon, stalking the woods for moose, or inside canning or cooking while listening to her favorite audio books. She currently lives in Chugiak, Alaska with her husband and two children and a house bunny named Abigail.
You can learn more about her by visiting her website at http://www.tamlinsey.com