Our intellect directs us. Our humanity defines us.
What if the key to unlocking our genetic code and our future lay within some of our most disenfranchised individuals? Would we still shun them?
Seattle in the year 2330: centuries of conflict have led to this precipice. If the world is to move forward, Olivay has the difficult task of teaching Alucia her history. Olivay knows that without understanding where she came from Alucia will never be able to help humanity explore the universe.
In present day Seattle, Jason Roy is a scientist whose life revolves around his daughter, Lily. Within her genome lies a secret that Jason has dedicated himself to uncovering. The mundane life of a scientist and his family takes a turn when a multinational corporation decides Jason Roy’s research is a danger to them.
Jason and Lily are now running away from an unforeseen enemy and toward a discovery that will change mankind. Altering the world may come too late for Jason to save what matters most in his own world.
The great irony of unlocking our genetic potential was finding that our greatness was found in our love for one another.
“Ms. Sydney, you have five minutes left.”
I don’t have time. Debbie made a split decision. She moved the files directly into her drive before her program finished. “Thirty seconds, twenty seconds, five seconds. Download complete.”
“Ms. Sydney, what are you doing?”
The alarm had notified him. Debbie carefully watched as the security guard moved toward her. He was the only other person here. The young guard at the window was not in her direct line of sight. Debbie quickly removed her drive. The guard moved in closer.
“Ms. Sydney, I will need you to give me that drive and come with me!”
Debbie bowed her head as she turned with her hand held out gesturing toward the guard as if she was going to give him the drive. The guard reached to take it when Debbie seized his hand pulling him forward and allowing his momentum to increase the force as her opposite elbow collided with his temple. The guard was dazed but not out, so before he could alert anyone, she put him in a sleeper hold until he was out completely. Debbie quickly slid him under the table and moved toward the door. The guard in the window must not have heard anything as indicated by his curt nod. She returned his gesture and took great care not to run as she went toward the stairs. Patience. Don’t attract attention.
Debbie left the stairwell carefully walking past the administration building security. The lines from the morning were gone so the guards acknowledged her. She turned and smiled while pushing on the door just as the alarm went off. Debbie ran with all her might away from the security gate at the road entrance. Running behind the building as the alarm got louder and louder, Debbie pulled out her phone.
“Agent Davis, come get me.”
Questions for the Author
1) Discuss what your inspiration for your book was. Also discuss what your journey has been like so far as a self-published author.
My daughter, Devon, was my inspiration. Devon is 18 years old and has Down syndrome, my stories are an homage to her spirit to promote inclusion and understanding for people with different abilities. As a father I wanted a way to share my message of hope after being frustrated by people’s inability to see past her diagnosis. My journey as a self-published author has been difficult, in that, I started with my children’s book series Sam’s Top Secret Journal and originally had no idea what I was doing. The appeal of going with an established publisher was hard to resist, but having the control over my message to my readers was more important. The biggest problem I have encountered with being self-published is the stigma that still exists that somehow our work is less worthy and so we have to fight harder to get recognized. Ultimately my books are more about the message and the journey than anything else and having control of that is powerful.
2) Discuss the greatest lessons you’ve learned throughout your writing journey and how these lessons have molded you into the writer you are today.
The two most important messages I have learned are: 1) keep writing, even if it’s only a few lines or a sentence, try to write every day. 2) Find a great developmental and copy editor. You can have a great story but if the reader doesn’t get it, it will all be for naught. I severely underestimated how important that was with my first book. Trispero took me 6 months to write, but almost 2 years to edit.
3) Discuss your decision process that led you into self-publishing. What has been the most difficult part of the process? What part of the process are you most proud of?
With my first book I had no idea what I was doing. I wrote my first story and purchased the package that came with my first self-published book which included some editing. The finished product was cute, but not a polished document that I was proud of. I learned from a friend the name of a great editor and agent who got me on the correct path to a beautiful polished book. My first book had enough appeal that there was interest from major publishers, but my wife and I felt that the loss of control was too great a risk and formed our own publishing company. It was a very difficult decision, but was the right one for us. I am most proud of the finished product, my books. There is nothing like getting a letter from a young girl from across the ocean telling me how much my story meant to her and her family, that is success.
4) Discuss the best advice you were ever given as a writer. How has this advice reflected in your writing?
The best advice I was ever given was “keep writing”. Don’t worry about what other people say or think. Every day just write a little, a sentence, a page, whatever, just keep writing. Write for yourself, the more you do it the easier it will come. There were many days when I wouldn’t know what to write, but after a sentence of, “the light came in through the trees…….” I would find myself pages down the road with new idea for the next chapter.
5) People say that writing your book is only a quarter of your battle as a writer. One of the biggest struggles is promoting your book. How have your journey been in promoting your book? What seem to have worked for you and what doesn’t?
My process is really three parts, writing, editing, and marketing/ promotion. Writing is the only part I can do effectively. As I have already mentioned you have to find great editors. For me, the hardest part is promotion. I am not, by my nature, a good salesman. The things that have worked for us is targeting a community that already has a vested interest in my message. Finding someone who can recommend your work that is a known entity is huge because finding credibility as a self-published author is a challenge. I also use a wonderful person who helps with promotions using E books that gets my book into people’s hands for a nominal fee to help build a presence. Anything you can do to help circulate your story/message using blog tours and interviews can be a huge help. We have had some bad experiences with publicists who are just trying to leach money out of self-published authors. There are some great publicists and marketing companies make sure you can get some personal recommendations before using them.
About The Author
Sean Adelman is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Seattle. When he isn’t working hard to put people back together he enjoys writing, running, and attempting to play his electric guitar without frightening his two dogs, Chestnut and Orion. Sean has three children Brenna, Devon, and Ian with his wife of 25 years Susan.
Advocating for people with developmental disabilities is his life’s passion and his inspiration for the middle grade book series, Sam’s Top Secret Journal, and now his first adult novel, Trispero.
Join Sean on Facebook for book giveaways, events, and news on Sam’s Secret Journal and Trispero at https://www.facebook.com/SamsTopSecretJournal or visit his website at http://www.raiseexpectations.com/.