Delia Owens

1949 -
country of citizenship:  United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed:  English
occupation:  writer, zoologist

Delia Owens (born c. 1949) is an American author, zoologist, and conservationist. She is best known for her 2018 novel Where the Crawdads Sing. Owens was born and raised in Southern Georgia, where she spent most of her life in or near true wilderness. At such an early age, Delia always knew she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. However, by the time she started University, Owens decided to tackle a career in science instead of literature. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis. Owens met her former husband, Mark, in a protozoology class at the University of Georgia when they were both graduate students studying biology. They married in 1973, and a short year later boarded a plane to South Africa to begin their research studying animals in the Kalahari Desert and Zambia in the late 20th century. She recounted this period in her memoirs Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. The couple were expelled from Botswana and are wanted for questioning in Zambia in relation to a murder investigation. Since returning to the United States, Owens has been involved in bear conservation. Her debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing, was released in 2018. It was a major success and went on to become one of the best-selling books of all time. It was adapted into a 2022 film of the same name. Source: Wikipedia (en)

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