Irete Lazo is the pen name of Camille Mojica Rey, a practicing santera and former scientist who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.
After earning her doctorate in Integrative Biology, Camille chose to pursue a career as a science writer, completing the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz in 1997. She then held positions at the San Jose Mercury News, Latina magazine and UC San Francisco. The majority of her science writing career, however, was spent as a freelance writer. Her clients included Science Magazine, National Public Radio’s Latino USA, the UC Davis Health System, Stanford University the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the California Institue for Regenerative Medicine.
The Accidental Santera, Camille’s first novel, was published in 2008. The work is based largely on her own experiences.
Camille continued her religious practices while working as a freelance science writer. She also continued to explore New Age teachings and practices, develop her psychic and mediumship abilities and informally counseled people around her on spiritual matters.
In September 2011, Camille was guided by a vision of the Archangel Gabriel to take on spiritual work full-time. She founded Spirit Makeover and is now a spiritual teacher and healer. She is a certified Angel Therapy Practitioner® and Reiki II healer, offering individual and group Angel Readings, Spirit Makeovers, Reiki healing sessions and a variety of classes.
Camille is currently writing her first work of non-fiction, entitled The 10-Step Spirit Makeover: A scientist’s guide to spiritual awakening, a non-denominational self-help guide to kick-starting your spiritual life using New Age teachings and practices. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.