About

India is a writer, digital content producer, and researcher. She was raised by a dinosaur in Colorado, went east for some learning at Dartmouth and MIT, managed marketing for print and digital publishers in Boston for ten years, and then returned to Colorado in 2002. She founded Hart Business Research and produced national studies of creative industries until 2016. She now writes nonfiction at her home in Boulder, CO. India also hikes, builds scale models of the solar system, and hunts for fossils and odd rocks.

Author qualifications

  • English Literature B.A., Dartmouth College, 1988
  • MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, 1996
  • Authored 10 national business studies, several magazine articles, and five websites. (See below.)
  • Trustee of the Nancy Wood Literary Trust. Nancy was a noted poet, writer, and photographer.
  • Writes the Denver Allosaurus page on Facebook, attracting thousands of likes.
  • Member of The Author’s Guild, Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
  • Writing coach is Laura Pritchett, recipient of the PEN USA Award for Fiction.
  • Completed workshops in 2013-2015 on the hero’s journey, scenes, editing, and advanced novel; and seminars in 2014 on scenes, dialogue, story, plot, and endings at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
  • International marketing manager at Houghton Mifflin Co. (1989-93), digital product manager at Sky and Telescope magazine (2000-2002).

Books

India with pickaxe, 1979, age 12

The Dinosaur’s Daughter 

The Dinosaur’s Daughter is the memoir of an unqualified young woman who sets out to dig up a dinosaur on a remote Colorado ranch and in the process discovers herself. Her desert adventure as a budding paleontologist encounters scientific joy, romance, a sexist boss, and eccentric cowhands. Her dinosaur is now the centerpiece of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), seen by 1.7 million visitors a year. The manuscript is complete and 79,000 words.

 

Websites and social media

Denver Allosaurus page on Facebook

Developed five websites using WordPress. Writes the Facebook page for the allosaurus, attracting a few thousand likes.

 

Business publications

NAMTA Artists and Art Materials market summary 2015

Produced 10 national industry studies from 2003 to 2016 as president of Hart Business Research. Managed market research, subcontracted editors and graphic designers, collaborated with client staff, wrote reports, gave presentations, and developed publication launch plans that included events, social media, webpages, email, and mail.

 

Public speaking

  • Keynote presenter at national trade shows  (2003-2016)
  • KRCC radio podcast 3/18/16: The Girl Who Dug up Dinosaurs
  • Classroom presenter about dinosaurs to grades K-5 (1984-ongoing)

Paleontology

  • Assisted paleontology collections manager at DMNS with correcting specimen labels (2016-2017).
  • Researched and wrote scientific paper, “The Paleontology of a Late Jurassic Microfossil Site”, Dartmouth College (1986). Discovered rare Upper Jurassic fossils which are now at Harvard and DMNS.

Other activities

  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteers board member and volunteer 2015-ongoing
  • Boulder Valley School District classroom and school volunteer 2003-2017
  • Boulder Valley Rotary Club member 2003-2013, board member 2004-2006
  • Association for Community Living board member, volunteer with adults with developmental disabilities 2003-2006