Why is writing important to you and why do you think it's an important medium for the world? As a veterinary medical detective for diseases from animals (zoonoses), I have a unique perspective on microbial threats and how they're impacted by climate change. The power of storytelling is to reach people through their hearts.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer's block? Writing is so exciting and rewarding that I rarely face writer's block, except when I suffer imposter syndrome like all writers. Deadlines can be valuable. NaNoWriMo helped me complete the second novel in my alphabetical mystery series last year when the world was chaotic.

What is your favorite time to write? I'm a morning person, when my brain cells are most alert.

What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received and would like to impart to other writers? Strive for excellence, follow your conscience and heart, and welcome feedback with open arms. Relentlessly pursue your craft.

What excites you most about being a writer in today's age? The digital age and support for independent publishing provides huge opportunities to share one's creative ideas. We still have to hone our skills and figure out how to reach our potential readers, however!

Millicent Eidson's Anthracis: A Microbial Mystery is out now.