Hess is a retired board-certified PhD neuropsychologist who spent several decades assessing, describing and rehabilitating the cognitive deficits of victims of brain injury and strokes. It was during this career that she began to question the wisdom of the design of the brain and skull, as well as the genetics of cognition and personality. After writing thousands of technical/clinical reports and several journal articles, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.
Hess has attended writing workshops, and been coached by Patrick LoBrutto (the editor for Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, among others) and other writers. She published several Op-Eds in Maine newspapers, a few short stories in the Goose River Anthology, and her first science fiction novel, Genesis 3.2. She is in the editing process of a second novel, and the planning phase of a sequel to Genesis. Of Genesis 3.2, LoBrutto said "An imaginative tour de force. You won't be able to put it down or forget it."
Hess lives in Maine with her husband and extended family. When not writing, she spends time with her grandchildren, hikes the mountains of Maine and neighboring states, and plays recorder.