I am a scientist, writer, and editor, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Biology, and an autism parent. I've also contributed to the anthology, Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum, and am the science editor at the wonderful autism resource, the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. You can find more of my writing at my personal blog, A Life Less Ordinary, where I write about parenting, working, worrying, science, writing, and autism, and at my science blog, The Biology Files, where I write about...well, science. My work also has appeared in national and regional publications, including Backpacker, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and the Austin-American Statesman. My passions are my family, writing, science, history, Victorian literature, and learning something new every day.