About the Author
Opal has been a full-time resident of Second Life® since August 2006 and has tried pretty much everything under the virtual sun. She turns human avatars into mermaids and mermen with her Mer Betta™ products and creates miscellaneous items under her Ms.O.Lei-ny™ brand. She initiated fundraising strategies for the International Spaceflight Museum, avidly supported the Relay for Life in Second Life, and strutted her stuff on the virtual catwalk of MODA Fashion.
Lea's literary career started at age 8 with silly poems about little brown birds, which are now lost. Her artistic career started in the sixth grade when she won an art contest which gave her the chance to attend a summer workshop to explore various visual arts media. Her technical career started when she wrote her first "Hello, world" program in the Pascal language during the first term of her Computer Science undergrad degree. She worked in the software industry for almost a decade and a half, including a nine-year stint at Microsoft. Her business career started when she dropped everything and drove cross-country to get her MBA. Her virtual career started when she learned how to fly. Or perhaps, she learned how to fly when her virtual career started. Through Second Life, she found full expression of herself as an artist at heart, a techie by mind, and an entrepreneur in spirit.
Her shrink calls her a Renaissance woman; her friends call her insane. "Love, Like Dim Sum" is her first book.