Thais Derich

Writer in Mill Valley CA

Thais Derich

Writer in Mill Valley CA

I was born in Carmel, CA and graduated high school from Robert Louis Stevenson in Pebble Beach, CA. From there, I went south to California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and lived for two years in Belgium and France studying French. I worked at the Exploratorium in San Francisco writing fundraising copy straight out of college. Then during the dot-com boom (the first one), I took advantage of my technical writing certification and started a career as a technical writer working for Cisco Systems, Macromedia, and then Adobe. I started my own software training business where I traveled the US teaching software to employees at Target, Cox Communications, Siemens, SupportSoft, Agilent Technologies, Sullivan and Cromwell, Morrison and Foerster, Bechtel Corporation, Rotary International, and the Florida State Police Department.

And then my husband and I decided to start a family. I suffered from post-traumatic stress after having my first child via cesarean section. That illness combined with childcare complications and the want to spend time with my children (there are two now), I decided to quit everything and stay home full-time. While at home, I started a successful food blog called www.spinachandhoney.com and wrote a book (currently looking for representation).

All this writing has got me published at Salon, BlogHer, BabyCenter, Literary Mama, Wild Violet Literary Magazine, Forge Journal, SFGate, and the San Francisco Examiner. A chapter of my memoir was a finalist out of 500 entries for the Creative Non-Fiction Magazine’s baby anthology. And in 2014, I read one of my personal essays in front of a live audience of 360 people at the San Francisco Listen To Your Mother show.

Right now, I've moved across the Golden Gate Bridge to beautiful Mill Valley. I'm writing my second book and working at a lovely women's co-working space called The Hivery.

I love playing the piano and guitar, singing, being with my family, hiking, camping, and getting out of the country.