Welcome to the web site of Patricia Barnes-Svarney!
It seems as if I’ve spent my entire life studying the sciences—from tackling the intricacies of the weather in Antarctica and understanding the mechanics behind a rogue earthquake to trying to understand the human body (read: mine mostly). I blame my parents and siblings for encouraging me into the world of geekiness, science, and humor. I'm not complaining. Geeks are "in" and science could use some humor.
I eventually became a geologist and astronomer; but after realizing I liked to write more than slicing thin sections in a cold, dark lab, or studying the stars in a cold, dark observatory, I took up the pen—and haven’t looked back since. I’ve written hundreds of science articles for magazines and more than 30 books. I’ve even won some special honors along the way, including a few Book-of-the-Month Club books, an international best-seller, and being chosen for the National Science Foundation’s Artist’s and Writer’s Program in Antarctica. Cool. Literally.
My writing background may seem eclectic, and it is: My non-fiction for all ages leans toward the physical, natural, and health sciences. My fiction for adults tends toward science fiction and fantasy and steampunk, while my middle reader fiction is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. And of course, whenever possible, mixed with a dash of humor...
Although I'm not usually a joiner of groups, there are some that have helped me along the way: I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, National Association of Science Writers, the American Geophysical Union, and I am a New York Master Gardener.
My hobbies include rocks, gardening, and cats—not necessarily in that order.
You can find out more about my books, including the latest edition of
The Handy Math Answer Book
through this site under "My Books"...
for information about my women's health and humor book, Why Do Women Crave More Sex in the Summer? 112 Questions That Women Keep Asking--and That Keep Everyone Else Guessing,
look via "About Women's Science" and "My Books" on this site.
Do you need to reach me? My contact e-mail is