Author and editor M. Ferguson Powers has taught microbiology, headed a university office of research, served as executive director of two university-business partnership centers, and co-authored two books on university administration. She has a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in experimental psychology from George Mason University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She lives on an island near Seattle with her husband and two shelties.  Her first novel, Each Unique and Fascinating, about a bullied young girl  whose father has gone to war, was published in 2012.  OrcaSpeak, a novel of relationships and suspense, was published in 2013, and its prequel, Counting on Trust, was published in 2017.