GAIL: Welcome, Joyce, and thank you for visiting today. One of my favorite novelists is Tess Gerritson who writes medical thrillers. When I read your novel last week, I couldn’t help but think, Move over Tess. Rather than the 140 characters we’ve grown accustomed to on Twitter, can you share with us a more detailed account of the novel and your research for Embryo?
JOYCE: EMBRYO’s plot: An intern determines to investigate tragedies at a famous fertility & genetic engineering hospital. My husband, a physician of endless patience, helped with the medical details, which I interwove into this story idea that nagged and wouldn’t let go.
Details: “Maria Moran’s first inkling of trouble was the coppery taste in her mouth. It came suddenly, a rushing whoosh of something that made her gag, and when she reached to wipe her mouth, her hand came away smeared with blood.”
So begins this thriller about a young intern, Jill Raney, determined to investigate tragedies and terror at a famous fertility and genetic engineering hospital. When two pregnant women die and a fetus is delivered with severe chromosomal abnormalities, Jill’s superiors - including handsome, smitten-with-her resident David Levine – insist there’s no common link.
But her suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman - her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her - following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life...and the structures of human life itself?
An unforgettable tale of suspense with a shocking denouement, Embryo takes you deep into the mind of malignant genius.
GAIL: As a young intern, is “the job” the most important part of your protagonist’s life?
JOYCE: Yes, “the job” is most important to Jill, but on her terms. She is strong, smart and brave, someone you like right away – but she also questions every premise and order; sees what others don’t or won’t see and takes independent, determined action. This includes falling in love when superiors warn her against it. She’s stubborn! Her own woman!
GAIL: The Mystery/Suspense genre is the focus of Fast Five interviews, but what unique twist makes your novel stand out?
JOYCE: A novel about malignant geniuses tinkering with IVF and human genetic engineering? It hasn’t been done before. Some will call this sci/fi, but the technology really is there. That’s why the idea wouldn’t let go.
GAIL: How does your main character’s profession draw her into suspenseful situations, (murder, for instance?)
JOYCE: It shouldn’t! Jill’s profession should be about saving lives; bringing joyous new lives into the world. But the famous hospital she chose to train in staffs scientists monkeying with life to terrible consequences – that’s what unexpectedly draws in this brilliant young woman.
GAIL: Is Embryo part of a series, and are you working on a sequel?
JOYCE: Yes. There will be a sequel.
GAIL: This isn’t a Fast Five question, more an “if/then” scenario: If Paris is not an option, then where would you most like to spend your time writing and why.
JOYCE: At home. On the couch or even in…bed! Shrinks had a great idea: lying on your back brings out the best ideas. Anyway, I am in Paris when I’m not. You can go anywhere in your mind.
Here’s the book on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/7vjyqaoHere’s me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JoyceSchneider1
And on FB (wall) http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816594802
(Facebook Page & wall have till April been devoted to health, fitness, and diabetes control. Since EMBRYO, now more active with Goodreads, Twitter, Kindle & ebook lovers)