Monday, January 6, 2014

Bonnie Doran's "Dark Biology"

Book Title: Dark Biology

Publisher: Harbourlight, imprint of Pelican Book Group

Cover blurb:
Renowned vaccinologist "Hildi" Hildebrandt has set her sights on beating her brother to a Nobel Prize, and the opportunity to conduct experiments on the International Space Station might just provide the means to obtain that goal. Chet Hildebrandt should have had that opportunity. But now he'll teach a lesson to them all: his hot-shot astronaut sister, his philandering hypocritical father, and the CDC for not properly appreciating his work. One vial of a virus purloined from the CDC labs and released at his father's marriage seminar should do the trick, without hurting anybody. After all, it's only a mild influenza strain...Or is it?
1) How did this story come to you? 
I was angry at the news announcing another case of infidelity by a prominent Christian leader. My brain started whirling. What if his son was angry enough to unleash a biological weapon at his father’s Christian marriage seminar? The story developed from there. 

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. 
Before turning to fiction, I wrote 67 devotions and a number of magazine articles. I wrote a YA science fiction novel that still sits in my drawer. Several of my critique partners told me I should be writing adult fiction, so I started on that. After six years, I finished the manuscript, acquired an agent, and signed with a publisher the same year. This was after attending writers conferences for 17 years, learning the craft, and developing relationships. 

3) What are you working on now and what’s next for you? 
I’ve finished half the rough draft of a science fiction  novel called Terror on Targus Three. Here’s the pitch: A Christian agoraphobic linguist races to translate the language of the first-discovered alien race before her blunders start an interstellar war. I’m also involved in promoting Dark Biology through social media, guest blog posts like this one, and book signings. 

4) Parting comments? 
For aspiring novelists: Don’t give up! Writing and selling a novel takes a lot of work and time. Keep writing, keep learning, and keep forging relationships. 

5) Where can fans find you on the Internet?
Website: Where Faith and Science Fiction Collide:
Twitter: @bonniedoran
Twitter hashtag: #DarkBiology