Pauline Chow practiced as a legal aid attorney and public policy advocate in California before diving back into her love for technology as a data scientist. As a lawyer, she represented indigent clients in eviction defense and family law matters. Then working with a nonprofit, she increased walking and bicycling infrastructure and funding in order to fight childhood obesity and climate change.
Now, she spends her days writing code and nights writing fiction. Before taking courses writing classes, she wrote legal documents, policy papers, blog posts, and business plans. Pauline is happy to delight and thrill beta readers with new pages.
Her dream is to write stories about the intersectionality of the Asian American experience and important historical events. She develops characters that aren’t within the stereotypes of Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) portrayed in the mainstream. In college, she interned with a civil right nonprofit, Organization of Chinese Americans, and professional training organization focused on APIs, Leadership in Education for Asian Pacifics. Pauline co-founded a chapter of the Chicago Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in Chicago in 2008 and worked on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the tech industry.
After living on the West Coast for ten years, she moved to the country. Although, pieces of her heart remain in the mountain and deserts, where she climbed many rocks and slept under the stars. Leaving the city inspired her to explore new outlets for creativity. Her small rescue dog, daughter, and husband love running in the wood, gardening, splashing in the creek, and sledding during the many months of winter. Pauline enjoys hiking, mom-based book clubs, cooking complex recipes, and sweating it out on a spin bicycle.