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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 loves to explore other cultures, and has visited over 60 countries. In her Nordic 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. Her second book, Ivory Bones: The Lewis Chessmen Murders, is due out in early 2024. 

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, Sara Winokur resides with her husband and writes in Southern California. Discover more on her website. 

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