Sara Winokur

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Sara Winokur is a geneticist, researcher, and author. She writes historical fiction and cultural thrillers hoping to make science accessible to readers while they’re being entertained. Sara has a master’s degree in cytogenetics and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics. Her research helped identify mutations underlying muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease, dwarfism, and a rare craniofacial syndrome. She continues to work as a consultant on potential therapies for genetic disease. 

Sara is an avid reader of historical fiction, mystery-thrillers, and Scandinavian noir, loves to explore other cultures, and has already visited over 60 countries. In her upcoming mystery thriller Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders, a young boy disappears from a fjord in Iceland. Twenty years later, his twin sister, a DNA scientist, searches for him and ends up in a world of trouble.  

As an ovarian cancer thriver, Sara has a sense of gratitude, strength, and perspective that she extends to family, friends, work, and her writing. On her journey from science to writing, she says “Let go of who you are and become what you might be. Do what scares you.” A mother of three, she resides with her husband and writes in Southern California.  Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders is her debut novel.

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