About

India Wood, 2011

Biography

I am a naturalist and writer rooted in Boulder, Colorado. I currently write creative nonfiction, connect people with nature, serve on the board of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, and manage the Nancy Wood Literary Trust.

Born in 1966, I grew up in Colorado Springs with my mother Nancy Wood and her several husbands. When asked to state my mother’s occupation in preschool, I called her a “typewriter”; she was actually a noted poet, book author, and photographer. My father Myron Wood was a camera who focused his prolific lens on Colorado and New Mexico. My parents were supportive but distracted, so I was actually raised by a dinosaur named Alice, the subject of my memoir, The Dinosaur’s Daughter.

In 1984 I left behind my dinosaur, my quarter horse, and my rock collection and boarded People Express airlines to New England. I earned a BA in English literature at Dartmouth College while beating boys at billiards in Meister Brau-scented frat basements. I insisted I would never be a writer like Mom: a poet with an alternating current of loving and suicidal, a writer I wanted to emulate but could not follow. After college I marketed and sold books and academic tests for Houghton Mifflin in Africa and the Caribbean. Frustrated with men discounting my business wiles, I hunted up an MBA from MIT. I then managed marketing and product development for digital publishers NewsEdge, FamilyEducation Network, and Sky and Telescope.

I felt like a stunted wildflower in a plastic pot in New England, so in 2002 my husband, two kids, and I moved to Boulder. The kids and I camped in more than 50 different places, unknown hideouts like Tarryall Creek, Purgatory Canyon, and Mt. Sherman. I founded Hart Business Research in the basement. The firm researched and wrote national studies of the fine art and craft materials industry, helping family and women-owned businesses compete against corporations. I still said I wasn’t a writer despite writing 15 publications.

Then my camping buddy kids went off to college and Mom died in 2013. With her gone, I began to write my memoir about finding a dinosaur as a way to rediscover myself. I’d lost track of who I was amid the demands of raising kids and running a business. I realized no one can outrun their mother or a dinosaur. I rediscovered my inner allosaurus: a nature-loving and capable woman who chooses her own dirt path as a writer, like Mom.

Author Qualifications

  • English Literature B.A., Dartmouth College, 1988
  • Freelance business writer of 15 publications published by trade associations, Interweave Press, and F+W Media, 2003–2016.
  • Completed numerous Denver Lighthouse Writers creative writing workshops, 2014–ongoing.
  • At-large member of The Author’s Guild
  • Trustee of the Nancy Wood Literary Trust. Manage licensing and foreign rights for my mother’s 28 books, including with the Tuttle-Mori Agency in Japan. Edited The Selected Poetry of Nancy Wood (not yet published). Produce Poem of the Month e-newsletter.
  • Write the Denver Allosaurus page on Facebook, attracting thousands of likes.
  • Writing coach is Laura Pritchett, recipient of the PEN USA Award for Fiction.
  • MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, 1996
  • Digital product manager at Sky and Telescope magazine, 2000–2002
  • International sales and marketing, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989–1993

Freelance writer and content producer

Books

India with pickaxe, 1979, age 12

The Dinosaur’s Daughter

I am currently seeking a literary agent for this complete 96,000-word coming-of-age memoir as an unparented Colorado teenager with a Jurassic meat-eating dinosaur in my bedroom. The fossilized bones are both a possible museum display and ticket to the profession of paleontology, but I wanted family and financial stability, too.

The Selected Poetry of Nancy Wood

As Nancy Wood’s literary trustee I have selected the poems and written an introduction to this volume of the best of Nancy’s poems from her eight published poetry books and two unpublished manuscripts. Nancy’s poetry books, most of them published by Doubleday, sold more than 100,000 copies in the USA and nearly that in Japan. I am currently seeking a publisher for this work.

Websites and social media

Denver Allosaurus page on Facebook

I have developed six websites using WordPress and write the Facebook page for the allosaurus, attracting a few thousand likes.

 

Publications

NAMTA Artists and Art Materials market summary 2015

I wrote and produced 15 national industry studies published by media companies and trade associations from 2003 to 2016 as the president of Hart Business Research. I managed all 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, web pages, e-newsletters, and print mail.

  • The State of Specialty NeedleArts 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016; The National NeedleArts Association
  • NAMTA Artists & Art Materials Study 2009, 2012, 2015; International Art Materials Trade Association
  • Sewing in America 2006, 2016; F+W Media
  • Scrubs Market Study 2014, Uniform Retailers Association
  • Interweave Creative Markets 2011, Interweave Press
  • Craft Artists, Income, and the U.S. Economy 2011, Craft Artist Development Association
  • The Stamp Collector Survey 2007, American Philatelic Society
  • The State of Beading in the USA 2004, Interweave Press
  • Articles in Yarn Market News magazine

Public speaker

  • NPR affiliate podcast The Girl Who Dug up Dinosaurs, 2016
  • Dinosaur Ridge summer nature camp instructor, 2018
  • Keynote speaker and awards presenter at national trade shows
    • International Art Materials Association, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
    • The National NeedleArts Association 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
    • Uniform Retailers Association, 2014

Amateur paleontologist

  • Past member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) field research volunteer on paleontology expedition to New Mexico Cretaceous badlands, 2018
  • Dinosaur Ridge children’s summer camp instructor focused on dinosaurs, fossils, geology, and nature, 2018
  • 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 the DMNS and Harvard.

Volunteer

  • Wildlands Restoration Volunteers volunteer 2015–ongoing, board member  2016–ongoing, executive committee 2018, chair of investment committee 2018–ongoing
  • Boulder Valley School District classroom and school volunteer 2003–2017
  • Boulder Valley Rotary Club member 2003–2013, board member 2004–2006, chair of community service 2006–2009, chair of international service 2004–2006
  • Association for Community Living board member, volunteer with adults with developmental disabilities 2003–2006
  • Intercambio Uniting Communities, English tutor for immigrants, 2004