I was born in 1980 in Orange, California. I grew up on the beach and in the pool, preferring water to land. Though I loved the warm climate, I couldn't stand to watch as my favorite remaining wild places near our neighborhood were developed. When it came time to leave for college, I was determined to go north, where they value wild spaces more than luxury developments. (For now, anyway.) I've been in Northern California ever since, having lived in Stockton, Emeryville, and Santa Rosa, which I've called home since 2005. I'm married to Ted Robb, the love of my life, and we have two kids and three dogs. That's a lot of animals in one house.
I've been writing for as long as I've been able to write. In elementary school, I wrote notebooks full of dorky emotional poems and would sometimes read them aloud in my classrooms. (I didn't have many friends, so there wasn't much social currency to worry about losing.) I wrote in journals throughout junior high and high school, and I read everything I could get my hands on, preferring books to most people. When I reached college, I thought about majoring in English, but I didn't see how it was a financially responsible choice because I didn't think writers made any money, given that I would be paying back my student loans for decades to come. So I majored in graphic design. I'm no longer working in graphic design but I'm still writing, so maybe that wasn't my best choice. But I'm still paying off my student loans, so I wasn't entirely wrong!
I wrote a blog called The Sustainable Scoop for a number of years, and that was a great thing. I started before blogging was Blogging, and everyone did it for free and for fun. Over time it became more serious, and I started traveling to natural foods shows in our state to learn more about the foods and other products that my readers cared about. I posted recipes, kitchen tips,instructions for making homemade cleaning products, and a host of other information about natural living. I had a great little community of readers for a while, and it was really rewarding.
But after we had our first child, writing for free suddenly didn't have the same shine on it. Babies won out on my time for a while, and that was a great thing, too. But once my kids were both in school, it felt like it was time to start writing again. So here I am, writing. It feels good, though it's hard to believe how different I am on this side of raising babies. Writing has a way of forcing me to confront my own ideas, and my perspective on the world has shifted enormously. Growing up sucks, but at least I have a place on The Internet where I can complain about it.
I'm stretching my voice, getting ready to tell the stories I have inside of me. One of my greatest missions is to shine light into the dark places, because that's where humanity lives. I'm an anthropologist of the human animal, constantly trying to discover how we function physically, socially, and emotionally. Like any good modern narcissist, I'm obsessed with the creatures of my own kind, Human Beings. I hope you enjoy my findings.
Copyright 2018 Kerry Robb