About Sara Winokur

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Sara Winokur, Geneticist and Author

Sara Winokur is a PhD molecular geneticist and the author of the Icelandic mystery, Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders. She has worked on DNA analysis of human genetic diseases and was part of the team that discovered the genes associated with Dwarfism, Muscular Dystrophy, and Huntington’s Disease. 

Dozens of her articles have been published in scientific journals. Her research has appeared in Human Molecular Genetics, Nature Genetics, and Cell Stem Cell. Sara remains a well-respected figure in the scientific community.

The Reinvention of Sara Winokur

Eight years ago, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara took a step back from research to focus on her health. She took the opportunity to reinvent herself by combining her passion for science with her love of reading and writing crime and historical fiction. When asked about what her readers can expect from her  novel, she revealed that her audience will be met with suspense, a learning experience, and thought-provoking writing.

I really want my readers to feel like they’re being informed as well as entertained. That’s what I love about historical fiction and I try to bring that same quality to my writing.

Now cancer free, Sara is excited that her debut novel, Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders will launch March 31st 2020.    


Sara's Inspiration

Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders blends Sara’s expertise in genetics with her affinity for the rich culture and surreal landscape of Iceland. Sara has keen interest in international culture, having traveled with her family to more than sixty countries and every continent.

Sara’s been nearly trampled by elephants while camping in Kenya’s Amboseli Park, walked with the Parahera in Sri Lanka, eaten fried beetles in Namibia, and chewed coca leaves while slung over horseback traversing the Andes.

Although genetics might tell her otherwise, Sara is convinced she must have some Icelandic blood coursing through her veins as nowhere has she felt more at home than in Iceland, where she has spent much time over the years.