Pics from Skull-festooned Campsite in the Middle of Nowhere

Lumbar region of cow

Lumbar region of cow

Skull of unknown critter Skull of unknown critter

Horse skull Horse skull

Coyotes? Coyotes


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Technology predicted in THE GENESIS CODE becoming a reality…

There are two aspects to the technology in THE GENESIS CODE. One is the Information Technology aspect, with the trading system and performance monitoring. That sort of thing already exists, and has for some time.

But the chip implant. I made that up. As I’ve mentioned in other forums, THE GENESIS CODE originated with a short story I wrote in 2000-2001 called 24 X 7. It’s never been published, but it contained the original concept for this implant. I completed the manuscript for THE GENESIS CODE in 2006. Since that time, I’ve seen the occasional story here and there about similar technology or technology that might some day lead to it–often in the context of military applications or pure brain research.

Just the other day, there was a news story that scientists have successfully implanted a memory in a mouse’s brain. They used light pulses rather than an implanted chip, but still…pretty scary when you think about it, eh?

I enjoy making up technology entirely when I can in my fiction. I also enjoy looking at tech trends to get an idea for something–and then taking it beyond where the technology is today to create a world or a situation where the technology has fully developed–for good and for not-so-good. Developments occur at such a rapid pace these days, the fodder is there for the taking.

In my second novel, THE JANUS LEGACY, I do exactly this. Current technology enables scientists to create certain parts of organs today from stem cells, for example. What if this were perfected and taken to an extreme? What good could it bring to the world?

And what might be the dangers it could bring as well? This is exactly what THE JANUS LEGACY explores in a thriller novel setting.

It’s a little scary to me that the idea I had for THE GENESIS CODE is happening now. Might the same thing happen with my central technology in THE JANUS LEGACY?

So, what am I doing now?

Other than obsessively checking stats and reviews for THE GENESIS CODE, that is?

Well, I’ve submitted a second novel manuscript, as well as a novella manuscript, and am waiting to hear on those. I’m in the beginning stages of Novel 3. So far, I’m thinking it’s going to be set a bit in the future, not a lot. It’s going to be a dystopian view of the big pharma industry. Another biotech-oriented technothriller. Right now, I’m busy thinking through and “designing” the sort of world in which it takes place. Then I will populate it with characters and develop subplots and the outline. I’m too much of a control freak not to work from an outline. That’s just how I am!

THE GENESIS CODE getting a warm reception…

THE GENESIS CODE was released a tad more than 3 weeks ago.  It’s getting some great reviews over on Goodreads, as well as on Amazon and Shelfari.  If I could summarize the reviews and comments, it would be this way:  the book is a real page-turner, people can’t put it down.  The characters are three-dimensional, and they want to see more from me.

Can’t ask for much more than that!  I’m hoping folks who enjoy it are also telling their friends.  Word of mouth is very helpful, especially for a debut author out there competing with the Clancys/Crichtons/Cooks/other established thriller writers with massive backlists.

Thanks, everyone, for your support!


THE GENESIS CODE is Released into the World…

In all the excitement, I’ve somehow managed to neglect to post here, though I’ve been busy as can be on Facebook.  THE GENESIS CODE officially released into the world on Thursday, May 2, 2013.  While every writer dreams of getting that first novel published, the reality is a whole new experience.  It is absolutely surreal to see my book, my bio, my work out there on Amazon!  It was even more surreal to see it ranked higher in sales than some Tom Clancy books for a brief shining moment (I’m sure due to the initial “surge” of sales from the delivery to the DarkFuse Book Club folks right at the release, but still!). 

So now I’m working to make sure the word gets out that THE GENESIS CODE is out there.  My fingers are firmly crossed for the manuscripts I have submitted (Novel 2, aka THE JANUS LEGACY, and the Novella that Resisted Naming for So Long, aka DARK CROSSROADS). 


It’s nearly here…May is coming and so is THE GENESIS CODE

I can’t believe it.  May is almost here, and with it will come THE GENESIS CODE.  It’s almost surreal to think about it, that in only a couple of weeks my first novel will be out there for the world to see.  I’m crossing fingers and hoping for a very successful launch…stay tuned for appearances and things like that.

Now a Novella in the works…

Wrapped up Novel 2, aka THE JANUS LEGACY, and submitted it.  Rather than just sit and wait, I started on a Novella.  It has no name at the moment.  None has come to me yet, not at all.

This is my first attempt at something of the novella length.  I’ve been seeing some excellent examples of what can be done with that length work lately and I was tempted to try my hand at it while I wait to hear on JANUS and wait for the launch of THE GENESIS CODE with bated breath!  I was really in the mood to go for the noir on this one.