Sara Winokur: The Geneticist, Author, and Nordic Soul

Sara Winokur released her first international mystery novel proving her passion for three worlds science, fiction, and travel (especially to the far, far north – Iceland). Her book, DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders, is a thriller that takes you through the Icelandic cultural landscape, high-tech world of DNA forensics, and some dramatic turn of events while cracking a crime mystery.

DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders is a riveting story of a geneticist, Brynja Pálsdóttir working for the national DNA database to uncover the country’s most challenging cases. Yet, there is one case she cannot close, the disappearance of her young brother two decades earlier. To this day, Brynja holds herself responsible for losing sight of him. Her guilt is fueled with hope as a poem arrives with a riddle about her brother’s whereabouts. And so starts the adventure that pulls you in, and before you know it, you’re up too late in the night because you couldn’t put the book down.

Since its release last year, Sara Winokur’s debut novel received numerous rave reviews, featured in countless book fests, and deemed a compelling read by many book bloggers. So what makes a first-time novelist also a successful one? Here’s what we know about the author.

Sara Winokur is a Ph.D. molecular geneticist who has worked on DNA analysis of human genetic diseases. She was an integral part of the team that discovered the genes associated with Dwarfism, Muscular Dystrophy, and Huntington’s Disease. Even before becoming a professional writer, Sara had her articles published in several scientific journals. Her research has appeared in Human Molecular Genetics, Nature Genetics, and Cell Stem Cell. Sara continues to be a prominent figure in the scientific community. Developments in genomics and genetic research continue to shed new light on how humans are formed.

Eight years ago, Sara was forced to step away from her work and focus on her health. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Sara turned adversity into an opportunity and reinvent herself by combining her passion for science with her love of reading and writing crime and historical fiction. This incident speaks volumes about her perseverance and character. Here’s someone who wants to create suspense while providing great learning and thought-provoking experience for the reader. 

“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,” maintains Sara. Today she is cancer-free and thrilled to hear from her readers what they’ve got to say about her first book, DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders. Get your copy now.