Sarah Wisseman writes the Lisa Donahue archaeological mystery series. She hadn’t a clue that she wanted to be an archaeologist until she traveled to Israel right after her freshman year in college. There she ate felafel, fell in love with Jerusalem, camped illegally on Masada, and spent a month at the excavation of biblical Beersheba. Once hooked by archaeology, she returned for her Junior Year Abroad at Tel Aviv University, an experience that eventually inspired Book 1, The Dead Sea Codex.
In her day job, Sarah is an archaeological scientist at the Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (ATAM) at the University of Illinois. Her research project on Egyptian mummies led to the second Lisa Donahue mystery, Bound for Eternity. Books 3 and 4 in the Lisa Donahue series, The Fall of Augustus and The House of the Sphinx, were published in late 2009.