Lindsay VanSomeren is a freelance financial writer living in Kirkland, WA with a houseful of pets including two cats, a dog, and a husband. She has been a professional dogsled racer, a wildlife researcher, and a participant in the National Spelling Bee. She was inspired to learn more about managing her money after a wake-up call where she had to give up her Alaskan home in a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Now, she writes about credit, debt, and other personal finance topics. She enjoys weightlifting, homebrewing, and teaching other scientists how to manage their money at Science Finance.