NOTE: I've realized not everyone can afford to buy fiction and also, that some of the converted file formats of stories I upload may look all right in PDF formats but look weird in other formats. I apologize, and so I've made all my books either free, or "reader pays price" (for stories with adult situations or naughty bits). If you enjoy my work please write to me via my website and let me know! Thanks!
Incidentally, the Agent Diamond and Charming Guy stories are not really published in order- they can be read in any sequence.
Elizabeth Bent has a PhD in soil microbiology and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher since 2001. Her writing reflects both her whimsical sense of humour and her interest in the human psyche. She has published one science fiction novel ("Perigee") and is currently working on several other novels. She also writes comedy, fantasy and science fiction short stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was called "The Magic Chess Set", and as one may surmise, it was about the adventures of magical, living chess pieces. I wrote it when I was about eight years old. My first award for fiction was obtained when I was twelve, for a story about a fuzzy green alien on a planet filled with malevolent foodstuffs: "Fizzgig in the Land of the Edibles". Sadly, that story has been lost.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a molecular microbial ecologist, and I own and run a scientific consulting, research and development company in addition to my full-time job. When I am not working (doing research or writing), I try to stay healthy (going for long walks or to the gym), and part of that consists of allowing myself to relax (long bubble baths, playing with cats at the Humane Society, reading silly things online or in print). I find that the process of writing can transport me away from daily existence to fun or exciting places, and I hope my readers are similarly transported.