Tuesday, June 01, 2010

THE INFLUENZA BOMB (Time Scene Investigators) - Paul McCusker & Walt Larimore, MD - Free Book

When I was contacted by literary publicist Rebeca Seitz about The Influenza Bomb, I jumped at the chance to feature it on my blog. In my years as a drama director, I used many of Paul McCusker's plays and drama sketches, so I was sure I'd love a novel written by him. Welcome, Paul and Walt. Glad to have you as my guests. I know that this is a collaboration. How did this story come about?

PAUL: The Time Scene Investigations series came to me while I was visiting the small village of Eyam in England. (Readers of TSI: The Gabon Virus may remember the importance the village had in the story.) There I began to explore the idea of a special team of doctors and scientists who try to solve a present-day medical crisis by investigating a similar crisis in the past. The medical side of the idea was daunting to me, so I turned to Walt for his help, expertise, and storytelling abilities.

Did you find it easy to work together on it?

WALT: Paul and I met in 2001 when we both worked at Focus on the Family. We admired each other’s work and became friends. When Paul had the idea for the first TSI book, he contacted me about writing it with him. It’s been a lot of fun working out the plots, characters, and medical science in both books.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?

WALT: Paul and I have become dear friends. And, I’ve had the privilege of learning from his extensive writing experience. Most of all, we’ve had a ton of fun.

PAUL: I’ve enjoyed becoming closer friends with Walt. And his enthusiasm for the story and the characters has been inspiring for me. He has a wonderful passion for everything he does.

What is the hardest thing about writing as a team?

WALT: Paul and I have worked together well. The most difficult thing has been that we’ve had to stop for now. Hopefully, we’ll be contracted to do more books together in the future.
I understand that. I'm between contracts myself. What are you reading right now?

WALT: I’m reading Jerry B. Jenkins’ Riven and Ayn Rynd’s Atlas Shrugged.

PAUL: I’m about to start a novel by Alan Furst and just finished one by Robert Hugh Benson.

How did you choose your characters’ names?

WALT: Paul and I invented most of them. However, a few of the names come from people we know and love (all are credited in the After Word of the book).

Would you want to work on another book together?

WALT: From my perspective, absolutely.

PAUL: I’d love to, given the right opportunity.

What do you want to tell us about the book?

WALT: Although a novel, as best-selling author Debbie Maccomber said after she read the manuscript, “This could happen.” It really could. And, that’s terribly frightening.

Where can our readers find you on the Internet?

WALT: My Web site is http://www.drwalt.com/ , my books can be found at www.DrWalt.com/books , and my blog is at www.DrWalt.com/blog .

PAUL: I can be found at http://www.paulmccusker.com/  and on Facebook.
How much of the book is based on fact?

WALT: We’re meticulous about our medical and historical research, to make sure the medical facts are correct and our speculative ideas are, at the very least, plausible. We want everyone to remember, though, that this is a work of fiction not a textbook, so we’ve used the information in a way that makes for a good story.
PAUL: What’s frightening to me is that everything we’ve written is possible in our world. Any terrorist group that could get their hands on “influenza bombs” would do mankind terrible damage.

What about the historical characters involved in the search for the "Influenza bomb," are they historical?
PAUL: Some are based on actual people, and some of the conspiracy material is based on genuine theories, but we’ve fictionalized everything to create a new mythology.

And is there actually a TSI team at NIH?
WALT: Not that we know of. But you can never really be sure with the government …

Is the Return to Earth Society fictional?

PAUL: The name is, but there are real people and animal-rights groups who genuinely believe that man is no more or less special than any other creature in nature. Some of these groups are very dangerous and readily use violence to accomplish their goals.

One of your main characters, Mark Carlson, endures a lot of emotional conflict in this story. Is there anything from your lives that you tapped into fo that part of the story?

WALT: I believe all of us can be deeply wounded and must, at one time or another, come to a place of forgiveness for those who’ve hurt us. Mark’s challenge is one we all face. And then it’s a question of how to forgive but still maintain healthy boundaries with those who’ve hurt us.
PAUL: We also wanted to explore how a lack of forgiveness can destroy a person and lead to terrible circumstances. We don’t say that forgiveness is easy – but it is necessary to live a healthy life.

Since forgiveness in hard circumstances was one theme in my last novel, I love seeing that in your book. And I love romance. There are a couple of romantic relationship developing in these novels. Which one of you is the romantic?

PAUL: We both like the relational aspects of the stories, but Walt is definitely the romantic. He’d have all kinds of smooching going on if I didn’t stop him.

Hosting the two of you on my blog has been a lot of fun. Paul and Walt, thanks for spending this time with us.

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MoziEsmé said...

This looks like an exciting book!

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Brittanie said...

It does look very interesting. Enter me please.
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lotus82 said...

THis looks like a great book....probably a little suspenseful, reminds me of the show "24"


Linda said...

I've read other books that were 'fiction,' yet have come to pass. This piqued my interest as I had a bout of flu over the Memorial Weekend, and I've not been in contact with very many people beforehand, as I was preparing to get on the road. Only to find out it had hit my niece and family, and co-workers of my hubby's sister and a brother in law. Now we live hours apart!
So, please, enter me for this book. Authors sometimes don't realize that the books they write are prophetic.
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grannyvon said...

I would love to win this book. The interview was so good but I don't comprehend two writers. This would blow my mind to have to write something with someone else. It takes God given talent to do this. Thankds for the chance to win. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Walt Larimore, MD said...

Lena, it is an honor to have been interviewed by you!

I hope your readers and fans enjoy the book and will post their comments both here and on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book, after they read it.

Paul and I truly had a "ton-of-fun" working on the book and hope it's great summer reading for all.

Cindy W. said...

Interesting title and sounds like it will be a great read. I really like the cover art as well. Would love to win a copy.

Cindy W.


earlymorn23 said...

What a great sounding book. I'll have to add it to my must read list. Please enter me for a chance to win a copy.


Sarah said...

ooo I would really like to win this! I've been wanting to read one of his books for a while now.

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Anonymous said...

This looks very intriguing, though scary! Please enter me.


Megan (Inspired by Fiction) said...

Sounds good...a little scary maybe!?!


Linda Kish said...

This looks interesting

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Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Robyn said...

Looks like I'll be on the edge of my seat reading this one!

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debbie said...

I would love to read this book. Studying the flues/pandemics have been my hobby for the last 7 years. The goverment actually had a blogging event a couple of years ago, where they invited people to participate that were from health field, major corporations, and infrastucture, along with the public. They did this to come up with ideas on how to deal with the pandemic. Oh, the things I could say about this subject.

gahome2mom said...

My daughters and I would like to read The Influenza Bomb. Thanks.


Carol Norton said...

That was a great interview and the book sounds like an exciting read! And maybe just a tad scary.

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Mark said...

sounds great, enter me please

Genre Reviewer said...

Sounds interesting. Please enter me.


mariska said...

I'm intrigued by your book ! I'd really like to win this !

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Jan Marie said...
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Jan Marie said...

This sounds like a really exciting book with my favorite kind of plot. Please enter me to win.


thecoolmom said...

This sounds like an incredible read!

Anita Yancey said...

This book looks good. I'd love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Nancye said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

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Brenda said...

Looks like a great book!

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Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


misskallie2000 said...

I have not read anything by Paul or Walt but The Influenza Bomb is on my wish list. I can't wait to read.
Thanks for stopping by to chat.

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to be entered please.


Marla said...

My husband and I would both like this book. something we could read together. thank you for the giveaway.

Abby said...

Sounds really good. I love suspenseful books and this sounds like one! Please enter me.


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