Reading about Mary Roach's life, I basically just want to be her. She grew up in New Hampshire, and eventually, she ended up working for the Zoological Society in San Francisco, writing press releases. It's really what got her interested in the science portion of her life.
From 1996 - 2005 she worked for "The Grotto", a community and project of writers and filmmakers. It was them who inevitably pushed her to writer her first book, Stiff.
Roach has done everything from travel to Antarctica, to taste test food, to have sex in an MRI machine while researching her books. Her travels have taken her far and wide, exposing her to all sorts of interesting people and places. Often, then need volunteers for their studies and Roach is quick to do so.
She says she never set out to write science books, but when she had to cover stories, the science ones were always the most interesting.
Roach is currently living in Oakland, CA with her husband. She also has two step-daughters. You can find all of the information you need about her and her books at her website.