My Road to
Microsoft: A success story of building Expedia, is a chronicle
of a young woman rise as an engineer in the male-dominated field
of technology and how her concept became Microsoft Expedia, the
first successful Internet travel site. This book is co-authored
with Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist Paula Martinac.
is the author of three novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning
Out of Time and the Lambda-nominated Home Movies. She has also
published four nonfiction books, among them The Lesbian and Gay
Book of Love and Marriage and a young-adult biography of singer
K.D. Lang. She is currently the editor in chief of Q Syndicate,
a content provider to the gay press.
In order to
help readers understand how she became a successful engineer,
the book first traces her roots growing up in Brazil in the 1960s
and 1970s and her training as an engineer there despite her working-class
background and society's limited ideas about what girls could
achieve. She reached the pinnacle of her career in her native
country at the age of 23, when she launched the first Brazilian
the glass ceiling in Brazil at such a young age, she decided to
immigrate to the United States. The book traces her early struggles
in this country, having to work as a cleaning woman in order to
survive until she could obtain her papers to work as an engineer.
It then looks at her gradual development of the idea of a travel
CD-ROM, which, after she was recruited to work at Microsoft in
1994, became the nucleus of Expedia.com. The book also looks at
her disillusionment with Microsoft and my eventual decision to
leave the company - which I did in 1998, as a millionaire.
the memoir is her personal story of coming out as a lesbian and
sharing her life for almost 20 years with her partner, Lucila
Oliveira. It describes the relationship struggles, growth and
how it impacted her professional life.
is written in the fast-paced style of a novel, and will appeal
to many different readers: those interested in Microsoft and other
major technology companies; anyone interested in software development
and Internet technology; women and girls wanting to learn about
succeeding in the traditionally male field of computers; immigrants
who want to succeed in America; and gays and lesbians looking
for role models.