David Ramirez is an ex-scientist who divides his time between Oakland, CA, and Manila, Philippines. Once a molecular biologist who worked on the Human Genome Project, Ramirez returned to the Philippines to get married. He currently dabbles in computer science and programmed part of the information system for the chronobiologists of EUCLOCK, a cooperative project between European research groups on the study of circadian rhythms in model organisms and humans.
David was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about his debut novel, The Forever Watch!
Kristin Centorcelli: Congratulations on your new book, THE FOREVER WATCH! You have a science background, but have you always wanted to be a writer? Will you tell us a little more about yourself and that progression?
David Ramirez: I grew up the youngest of five kids, surrounded by the books they and our parents kept buying. My childhood interest in science started with TV: a documentary about Einstein’s theories, and nature features narrated by David Attenborough. Reading and thinking about stories became a habit, while I saw science as a career.
I did not think about being a writer until I grew indifferent to my classes in college. As my attendance diminished, I spent more hours each day reading stories and writing for fun. By the time I was one of the many researchers on the Human Genome Project—well, my love of science remains, but writing became a compulsion, while working in a lab was just a job.