Geologist Maureen Wilks directs the Geological Information Center at the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources in Socorro, a specialized library and archive focused on the state's mineral and water resources and its mining and petroleum industries. She is also responsible for New Mexico's geochronological database. Her degrees are in geology and geochemistry (BA, Oxford; MS, University of Saskatchewan; PhD, New Mexico Tech). She has been awarded eleven research grants and scholarships since 1988.
Wilks was lured to the Southwest by images of red rock country, cacti, wildflowers, and sunny skies. When not working at the Bureau, Wilks writes both fiction and nonfiction; and when not writing she is out exploring with her husband, Bob.