Nancy Bryan has been interested in topics of physical and emotional health for decades. In 1985 she produced You Don’t Have to Act Your Age: Physical Fitness for Older Adults, written by the world-record-holding Master’s decathlete Win McFadden. She also ghostwrote a self-help bestseller on the subject of successful marriage. Her work on health-related topics has appeared in Self and Family Health, and currently in online publications such as WE Magazine for Women and Consumer Health Digest.
Bryan’s entire professional life has been spent as an editor: at The Rand Corporation; an Internet research firm; the J. Paul Getty Trust. Her freelance assignments have ranged from The Aerodynamics of Bodies of Revolution to The Sex Life Letters. Since her retirement she has been doing freelance editorial work for clients such as various museums and prominent educators.
She has a B.A. in English from Pomona College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. In addition to Thin is a State of Mind, she has written a Ph.D. dissertation on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. Her non-health-related writing has appeared in Vogue as well as a variety of museum and computer-related publications. She is currently working on a book titled Metathinking: Working Knowledge for Women.