Wednesday, October 27, 2021

*Book Tour & Giveaway* Unwitting by Deven Greene-GUEST POST



Erica Rosen MD Trilogy Book 2

by Deven Greene

Genre: Medical Thriller 

Dr. Erica Rosen’s world is turned upside down after a suicide bomber explodes amidst a large crowd entering Oracle Park baseball stadium, near her San Francisco home. Many are killed or injured, and police have no leads in solving the case.

Erica becomes involved after a teacher of young autistic men calls her. The teacher believes her students are involved in the bombing but is afraid to contact law enforcement. She reaches out to Erica, who has experience with special needs children.

Erica arrives at the school but finds the police already there and a young autistic man doing a jigsaw puzzle, oblivious to his murdered teacher on the floor. The young man has information about the mastermind behind the bombing but has limited ability to speak. Erica is determined to protect him, prevent further bombings, and find his missing classmates.

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Erica Rosen MD Trilogy Book 1

"A fascinating and thought-providing medical thriller about the ethical dilemmas posed by genetic manipulation." – Best Thrillers

Dr. Erica Rosen is perplexed when she sees a young Chinese girl with blue eyes in her San Francisco pediatrics clinic. The girl's mother, Ting, is secretive, and Erica suspects she has entered the country illegally. Later, Erica encounters Ting's son and discovers he has an unusual mutation. Erica learns that Ting's children underwent embryonic stem cell gene editing as part of a secret Chinese government-run program.

The Chinese government wants to murder Ting's son to prevent others from learning about his unusual mutation and the secret gene-editing program. At Ting's urging, Erica heads to China to expose the program and rescue the infant Ting was forced to leave behind, all while attempting to evade the watchful eye of the Chinese government.

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Fiction writer Deven Greene lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Ever since childhood, Deven has been interested in science. After working as a biochemist, she went back to school and became a pathologist. When writing fiction, the author usually incorporates elements of medicine or science. Deven has penned several short stories. Unnatural, Erica Rosen MD Trilogy Book 1 is the first novel the author has published. Her recently completed novel, Unwitting, is the second novel in the trilogy. She is currently completing the third novel of the trilogy, Unforeseen.

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When and where do you prefer to write? 

I prefer to write at home, in my study. I have the perfect set-up—a PC with a very large monitor so I can have multiple windows open at once. This is helpful, as I often need to research things as I write. If I’m traveling, I use my laptop but generally limit that to editing or writing short stories.

I tend to write during the daytime, but if I feel rushed or obsessed, I sometimes write well into the night.

Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that? ​

I write suspense/thrillers. In the future, I might write a mystery. I haven’t seriously considered anything else.

Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up

I should, but I don’t. I try to remember interesting ideas as I come across them and write them down later. Along the way, I may forget some, so jotting them down as they occur would be a good idea. I’d have to admit to myself that I sometimes forget things before caving in and doing that.

Which genre(s) do you not like at all? 

I wouldn’t want to read anything involving ghosts. Unless it was done with humor. I love anything funny.

If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?

I’ve never been to Australia and would love to go there. There wouldn’t be much of a language barrier, although I would have to acclimate myself to the accent. The outback is very mysterious to me, and I could see a lot of bad things happening there.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would that be?

Don’t wait. There is never a perfect time to begin.

What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

My biggest disappointment has been that some readers aren’t as interested in learning about the science behind my writing as I would like. Those that aren’t interested skip ahead. Better than putting the book down forever, I think.

What has been your best accomplishment?

Starting my first novel. I haven’t published it yet, but it was hard to type the first letter of the first word of the first sentence.

Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers?

I hope you learn something from my novels.

If you like what you read, please leave a review. If you don’t like what you read, please let me know why. I’m always eager to get constructive criticism.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors?

Learn techniques for novel writing. I advise new (and seasoned) writers to read books, attend lectures and take courses on writing. However, that shouldn’t get in the way of writing. Don’t be afraid you don’t know enough. Just do it.

Once you have something written, edit like crazy, and seek the opinion of others. It may be painful to hear criticism of your work, but it will help you in the end. There’s nothing worse than a rejection of your work without an explanation. Learn to appreciate whatever input others are willing to give you. You may not agree with it, and you don’t have to act on it, but you should at least listen with an open mind. One person may think your writing sucks, but if five out of five think it sucks, it probably does. Never fear, though. You can improve. It takes time to hone your writing skills.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

There were many challenges for me. The hardest part was trying to get just the right amount of scientific detail in the book. I’m not sure I arrived at the perfect balance of offering accurate scientific information and detail on the one hand and keeping the narrative understandable and interesting on the other. I would suggest that authors dealing with this dilemma have laypeople read their material and see how they react. Use that information to decide how much detail to leave in or take out.

Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?

Ouch! That’s a tough question. Why don’t you just ask me which one of my kids is my favorite? Actually, I love all my characters—the good ones, that is. Since I know Erica Rosen, the protagonist, the best, I’ll choose her as my favorite. I like her because she’s smart and principled. If she’d asked me, however, I would have advised her not to go to China to right the wrongs being done, as it was a very risky proposition. Luckily, she didn’t ask me.

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  1. Unwitting and Unnatural sounds like great books and I am looking forward to reading them! Thanks for sharing them with me and have a great day!

  2. I enjoyed learning about these books!

    1. Thank you, Glenda. I'd love to hear from you if you read them.

  3. This sounds like a good book and series, thank you for posting