Michele Torrey

Michele Torrey

Bio

One day when I was about eight years old, my father brought home a grocery sack filled with scientific and electrical gadgetry. My father was a teacher of high school science and thought the gadgets would be fun for me to play with. I remember laying all the equipment out on a table and thinking to myself, “I’m going to invent something.” For hours I diligently flipped switches, clamped clamps, and pressed likely-looking buttons. I distinctly remember my frustration when no invention occurred. What I did not realize was that I was learning the first rule of electricity: for electricity to flow, you need an electrical source. (Of course my father did not inform me of such a rule, having had his own experiences of sizzling brains and blowing up laboratories.) Many years later, I was a little more successful at experimentation and received a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Washington. I worked in several laboratories in the Seattle area, and taught microbiology classes at a junior college.

For the past seven years, I have worked as a full-time writer. My articles and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, and I have written several books for children and adults. Sometimes I meet people who are surprised that I can have two seemingly opposing career choices. Science and fiction writing? But I believe that science and creativity are closely related. Both involve a wonder of the world, and a desire to express that wonder in ways that are challenging and insightful. From the time I was very young, not only was I gazing around me in fascination at our physical world, but I was reading every book that dropped in my lap. I first became a published author at age ten, when my story about a dinosaur egg popping out of the kitchen sink appeared in the Seaview Elementary newspaper. My fifth grade class, located in Edmonds, Washington, edited and produced the newspaper. It was edition number one, and the last edition ever produced.

I reside in Auburn, Washington, am married, and have three grown sons. I come from a creative family. While my father is indeed a brilliant scientist and my mentor, he is also an artist. He and my mother take art classes together. They enjoy drawing and painting, and several of their pieces hang in my home. My sister is also a talented artist, and a budding writer. The creative gene continues through my sons, who are accomplished musicians, playing multiple instruments, and who have competed successfully at the state level. My oldest son, Ian, now twenty, has performed in the nationally recognized Tacoma Youth Symphony.

While I have lived most of my life in Washington, I have traveled throughout the world. As a child, I lived overseas in England and France, and spent most of my junior high and high school years in Heidelberg, Germany. I have visited more than twenty countries, including Jamaica, Czechoslovakia, Belize, China, and Thailand. This has given me a love of history, adventure, and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

I enjoy an active lifestyle, having done such things as: swimming with sharks and sting rays in the Caribbean, mountain climbing for three weeks in the Alps, and sailing for a week in the Adriatic Sea. I enjoy all racquet sports, volleyball, downhill skiing, snorkeling, jogging, and sailing. My hobbies include reading, history, and music.

I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion from Graceland University, and also serve as a priest at my local church.