My Life All Packaged Up


She was born in Carmel, CA. She graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration, a minor in French, and a Technical Writing Certification. During college, Thais spent two years living in Belgium and France studying French before returning to Northern California. In 2003, Thais started her own software training business, allowing her to travel around the United States teaching software operations at Fortune-500 companies. A few years later, she and her husband decided to start a family, prompting Thais to leave the business in order to stay at home full-time. During that time, she dabbled in her passion for writing by starting a successful food blog, as well as sold her line of healthy granola bars at her local Rainbow Grocery store, and, most notably, she focused on writing Second Chance.

Derich’s work has been published in Salon, BlogHer, BabyCenter, Literary Mama, Wild Violet Literary Magazine, Forge Journal, SFGate, the San Francisco Examiner, among others and performed live at the Listen to Your Mother show. A chapter of Second Chance was a finalist out of 500 entries for the Creative Non-Fiction Magazine’s baby anthology. She's been interviewed on NPR, KPFA, and KRCB radio stations and various podcasts including Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast.

Thais speaks to groups big and small about her story and the intersection between birth and social justice. She now lives in beautiful Marin County, where she is writing her second book.