Marty Hale-Evans lives just south of Tacoma, Washington, in the octagonal Groovagon with Ron and the Troublesome Yet Adorable Quadrupeds, Pomeranians Humphrey and Bridget. Marty was a primary developmental editor for Mind Performance Hacks, to which she also contributed several hacks. She has chosen the first-class upgrade to co-author for Mindhacker. Her professional title is usually technical editor, under which she has worked for companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, WGBH Educational Foundation, and the University of Chicago Press.
Between professional gigs, Marty works on several nonprofessional projects. She is currently serving as chair of Foolscap, a local literary science fiction convention, which she has helped to produce for three years. She has worked with Peninsula Hands On Art, for whom she has served on the board of directors and researched, written, or taught several art lessons. She has designed and co-designed several award-winning board and card games, and plays board games weekly with Seattle Cosmic Game Night, which she co-founded with Ron in January 2000. Once a month, Marty studies Finnegans Wake by James Joyce with an extremely meticulous and freewheeling reading group called Allforabit Funferall. This autumn, Marty plans to begin graduate school at the University of Washington School of Information, with the goal of earning her MLIS.
Marty spends other time designing and making jewelry, dreaming up experimental confections, compiling themed music mixes, and writing nanofiction. She likes to study art and history, analyze pop culture, and talk to people about it. She aspires to learn Japanese, to add to her passable French, fragmented Esperanto, and pitiful Italian. She adores good coffee and good ice cream, fi nds all dogs irresistible, and is fascinated by cooking shows, despite not actually cooking all that much. She is a big comedy geek, soaks up song lyrics and random trivia like a manic ShamWow, and is passionate about fat lib, feminism, and politics in general. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, or several; this has been true since she was a child, and she isn't about to stop now.