Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Death Row Complex - A Thriller Twelve Years in the Making

Tis a happy day for me, as The Death Row Complex has finally arrived! At long last, you may download the Kindle version (discounted this month in honor of the launch!), order a paperback from Amazon, or purchase a signed copy from me. Finally.

Now, I'm sure that the launch of a new book doesn't seem like a big deal to most of you. But it's a big deal for me, because I started writing this book twelve years ago. The Death Row Complex is older than Facebook. Let that sink in for a minute.

There's a story about the genesis of this book, so I suppose now is as good a time as any to tell it...

Twelve years ago, I was a postdoctoral fellow, which is scienctific jargon for overeducated indentured servant. I was working on finding a molecule that could block an anthrax infection (because what's the best thing to give a disgruntled scientist? A biological weapon, of course!) While doing this work, I stumbled upon a molecule that activated anthrax instead of blocking it. This was not too long after 9/11 and the Amerithrax incident, and it made me ponder the possibilities of what could happen if the dangerous technologies of the world fell into the wrong hands. And it also made me realize that that's exactly where those technologies already are.

Right around that same time, twelve years ago, my friend Sara McBride was writing a story. She dared me to do the same. That was reason enough for me.

But then something happened... I started writing, and I really, really liked it! I liked it enough, in fact, that I became rather obsessed with the creation of this story. So much so that I stopped wanting to do anything else with my free time, for a while.

But then something else happened. Writing got hard. I discovered this new phenomenon called "writer's block," which I was pretty sure nobody else had ever experienced prior to myself. So I put the book down... sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks... and worked on it on and off for the next five years.

Then I got the idea for The Vesuvius Isotope, and I decided I wanted to publish Vesuvius first. I wanted Death Row to be released later as a prequel, and so, poor Death Row had to wait, again.

So here, at long last, is my first second thriller, The Death Row Complex. Please feel free to read an excerpt, or purchase the novel at one of the links above. And if you're so inclined, please feel free to leave a review on Amazon when you're done. I'd love it if you did.

There is a third Katrina Stone novel in the works at this time. It is a sequel to The Vesuvius Isotope, and it returns to the historical thriller theme. I promise not to take twelve years to publish it.

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