Marita Smith is an author, editor, and gourmet mushroom grower passionate about the environment, science, and LGBTQIA+ representation. As a total gay-mo, she’s pretty stoked to be writing diverse young adult fiction.
After finishing a PhB (Hons) in Science at the Australian National University, she worked as a paleobiogeochemist in the Netherlands and then vagabonded her way across Europe working on small farms. She now lives in a tiny house on the NSW South Coast, where she writes young adult science fiction, cultures bioluminescent fungi, and hangs out with her donkey, Mindy.
Marita Smith is the eldest of five and loves overalls, naps, and medjool dates. Torn between her two loves of ancient history and science, she completed a PhB (Hons) in Science at the Australian National University, merging her love of both in the form of paleobiogeochemistry.
After a stint as a researcher in the Netherlands, she disappeared for a few years to work on small farms in Europe and start her own gourmet mushroom farm on the NSW South Coast. When she’s not in the laboratory or hunting down wild mushrooms to cultivate, she edits academic manuscripts and PhD theses and writes young adult science fiction in her tiny house amongst the trees.
Books 1 and 2 of her debut series ‘Kindred Ties’, Convergence and Emergence, are available now.