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 what makes nature tick to what makes the human body tick (read: mine mostly). I blame my parents and siblings for encouraging me to enter the world of geekiness, science, and humor (probably to get me out of their hair for a while). 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, then computer keyboard—and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve written hundreds of science and other articles for magazines and more than 32 books. I’ve traveled all over the country many times and have developed a deep affection and respect for nature; 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.
If my writing background seems eclectic to you, it is: My non-fiction for all ages leans toward the physical, natural, biological, 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 when I'm not deep in book research, I'm a New York Master Gardener.
My hobbies include rocks, gardening, and cats—not necessarily in that order.
Do you need to reach me? My contact e-mail is