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FICTION: SHERI OCHS started writing children’s books when she was just a child herself, beginning with a whole series of (yet unpublished) short stories that she wrote and illustrated at the age of nine. Although she has made a name for herself writing and publishing eight nonfiction books to date about health, fitness, and diabetes—under her professional name of Dr. Sheri Colberg (www.shericolberg.com)—she still prefers to read fiction of all genres in her leisure time and write fiction in her "spare" time.
The Sandy Beach series is her first work of published fiction, written for youth (and adults) of all ages. She has also written two adult novels (to date) that will be published shortly.
A mother of three, she currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and sons, but plans to move the whole family back to California (where she spent most of her formative years and where she most loves to live) in the near future.
NONFICTION: Publishing nonfiction using her professional name, SHERI COLBERG is an exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. Living a long time with type 1 diabetes herself, she specializes in diabetes and exercise, conducting extensive clinical research in diabetes and exercise with funding from the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, and others. She has also authored more than 250 articles on exercise and diabetes, as well as more than a dozen other books.
A frequent lecturer on diabetes and physical activity, Dr. Colberg is also a funded diabetes researcher, a reviewer for many scientific journals, a member of several diabetes advisory boards, an exercise adviser for dLife, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an active professional member of the American Diabetes Association and its Prevention Committee.
Dr. Colberg currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with her husband and their three boys, who have given her more than a decade’s worth of practical parenting experience. An avid recreational exerciser, she enjoys swimming, biking, walking, fitness machines, tennis, racquetball, weight training, hiking, and yard work, as well as playing with her three active sons. Visit Dr. Colberg’s Web site at www.SheriColberg.com.