Ramsey Hootman spent the first five years of her life on a sailboat. Had she been born immortal, she would have become a navy pilot, a doctor, a world traveler, a detective, an engineer, and a carpenter.

Since her time on this mortal coil is limited, she satisfies her lust for experience by traveling and working odd jobs. She has, in no particular order, been an assistant to the blind, sold used and rare books, taught English in mainland China, studied in London, provided end-of-life care for an elderly couple, assembled fairy merchandise, made optical parts for satellites, and toured Italian villas as a travel writer. Her current gig, and by far the best, is raising her family in the San Francisco Bay Area while writing novels.