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SOFIA: Theanne Griffith has always had two loves in life – science and books.
THEANNE GRIFFITH: Well, I’ve always been a very avid reader, and I’ve always really enjoyed writing. So ever since I was a young kid, I’ve done both. I entered in writing competitions…
SOFIA: Over time, that love of writing and reading for fun took a back seat to her work as a neuroscientist. She became the head of her own lab at Rutgers University. But then, on maternity leave with her first daughter, she decided to take a leap and jump-start that passion for writing.
GRIFFITH: I don’t know if it was, like, the postpartum hormones or whatever, but I just kind of had this, like – I don’t know if I would call it an epiphany but just something said, you know, just do this,…