Michael Woods

Photo by Michael Bernstein

Michael Woods is a science and medical writer whose nationally syndicated newspaper stories and columns have won numerous national awards. He directs a program at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, to inform the public about science. He and his wife, Mary B. Woods, have written almost forty books together. Michael is the writer, and Mary is the researcher.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGregor

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Cormac McCarthy, David McCullough, Walter Isaacson

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

What better way of sharing your love of a topic with others, hopefully sparking the same flame in them. The “topic” being science and technology.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

The secret to success is writing every day. If you write just 200 words a day, at the end of a month you have a whole chapter. And never stop writing each day until you know exactly how you will start that first sentence tomorrow. This guarantees no “writers’ block” or wasted time.