Kristi Lew

Photo by Simon Lew

Kristi Lew is the author of more than thirty science books for teachers and young people. Fascinated with science from a young age, she studied biochemistry and genetics in college. Before she started writing full-time, she worked in genetics laboratories for more than 10 years and taught high-school science. When she’s not writing, she enjoys sailing with her husband aboard their small sailboat, Proton. She writes, lives, and sails in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach Kristi and her two furry, feline office mates at As soon as she gets back from the beach, she’ll write you back.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Scientists like to solve mysteries. And I really enjoy reading them. Some of my favorite mystery books are the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Encyclopedia Brown mystery series.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Judy Blume are some of my all-time favorites.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I adore science. I find it fascinating. I became an author to, hopefully, show readers that science isn’t a dull subject. It can be fun!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

There are two things that will help your writing. The first is to read, read, read. The second is to write, write, write. The more you read, the better you will get at spotting good writing. And the more you practice writing, the better you will get at it.