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I grew up in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and  attended Miami University, majoring in Microbiology. In 1986 I headed to Spain, having received a Rotary Foundation Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Scholarship, to complete my doctorate degree in Molecular Biology. Not surprisingly, I fell in love with Spain, and went to work at an American International School in the Basque Country, as a teacher and administrator, and it was there that I also experienced living in the shadow of terrorism. Some of the events I lived through are depicted in Bueno (semi-finalist for the Elixir Press Fiction Award), Sinco (finalist for the International Latino Book Award), and Brujas, my first three novels, published in 2014.

In 1999, I returned to the US, where I worked as a high school teacher and administrator for another 9 years before retiring to write novels and work as a professional translator.

My fourth novel, The Laptev Virus, won the 2015 Indie Excellence award for Medical Thriller and has sold more than 9000 copies since it was published in 2015. The Spanish edition of this novel, El Virus Laptev was released in 2016.

The Cobra Effect is my 5th novel and it is about plastic pollution in the ocean. Reviewers are saying that it’s even better than The Laptev Virus!

My 6th novel is A Cricket of a Girl. It is historical fiction, set in El Salvador in the 1950s and ’60s, just prior to the onset of the tragic civil war. It is about two women, one who is American and one who is Salvadoran, who form an unlikely friendship in the midst of the turmoil they face. My father was from El Salvador and I lived there for a few years as a child, so it was important for me to write this novel.

I love meeting with book clubs, either personally (I live in Austin, Texas) or via Skype or cell phone to answer any questions readers may have or discuss the science behind my books. Please message me through this blog or through FaceBook or Twitter if you’d like to set up a meeting with your book club.

My hobbies include reading, (I can never do enough of that) cooking (but I’m not big on following recipes, preferring rather to be be inventive at the stove) and I dabble a bit in art. Much of this blog deals with my adventures as an expat in Spain. I hope you enjoy reading it and subscribe so that you receive e-mails when I make new posts..

My books are available at any major book store or on Amazon, in both electronic and paperback formats.

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    • Michelle Moran on January 13, 2018 at 11:23 am
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    Wow! You have done alot! I read about you on Tracey Lopez’ blog Latinaish! I can’t wait to read A Cricket of a Girl !!! My husband is from El Salvador & I am from New Orleans! I am planning on visiting my suegra in El Salvador sometime this year! Perhaps your book will prepare me! I will let you know! Also my husband grew up during that civil war so he fully understands the experience! He may want to read your book too! Con mucho gusto!
    Michelle Moran

    1. Wow, Michelle, thanks so much for your comments and I’m so excited for you, getting to take a trip to El Salvador this year! The capital city has been undergoing a lot of changes and improvements with the mayor they have now, so it’s an exciting time to visit! I hope you have a fantastic visit and that my book helps you get into a bit of the history and enjoy the scenery a bit too. It’s based on a true story–several true stories, I should say.
      When you finish reading the novel, I would really appreciate it if you could rate it for me–Amazon helps put out the word about the book once I reach at least 50 ratings. 🙂 Mucho gusto!

    • Beth Arnold on April 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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    Hi Christy! We sat next to each other at the Ruffled Feathers Book Club last month. You told me about your book, the Laptev Virus, and I just had a chance to read it. It was great! I am hosting my neighborhood book group in mid to late June and would love to have you come to discuss the book with us. Would that possibly work for you? We typically meet monthly on Thursday night at 7 pm in Southwest Austin (Travis Country which is in East Oak Hill if that helps). Would any of these dates work: June 15, June 22, or June 29? I look forward to hearing from you soon! Warm wishes, Beth Arnold

    1. Wonderful to hear, Beth, I’m delighted that you enjoyed it! I’ve just sent you an email! Please let me know if you don’t receive it. Best, Christy

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