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"an excellent, fast-paced medical thriller" - DOUGLAS PRESTON, NYT-BEST SELLING AUTHOR of RELIC
"channels the voices of the wild and brings the fearsome dangerously close" - Sandra McPherson, Poet and Professor Emerita, UC Davis
Scientific Texts
"[describes] great possibilities that exist to sharpen our view of biology and of medicine" - International Journal of Toxicology
"A great text that explains the concepts underlying this new field"- In Vet Human Toxicology

Blogs, Interviews and Reviews

The Shortest Verse in the Bible, or "What Makes an Author Tick?"

May 26, 2016

Tags: writing, Jesus, wept, success, authors, best-seller

I had finally made it.

My first novel The Ripper Gene had just been published, and my wife had wisely scheduled our family to be nowhere near a bookstore, but rather at the New Jersey shore on vacation… in a sea town without a bookstore for twenty miles, during the momentous occasion of my first novel’s release.

The first night of the official day of my publication, after everyone in my family had gone to bed in the shore house, I quietly cracked open my MacBook Air and logged onto Amazon at midnight as my novel "went live”. I watched for the first few hours, disbelieving my own eyes as I watched my novel creep into the top 100 of the Hot New Releases list, and then into the top 100 of the overall Best Seller List for Medical Thrillers. Suddenly I couldn’t sleep at all, as I watched my novel slowly join the company of so many other incredibly talented and famous writers I'd read and admired over the years in my own chosen genre.

I felt truly blessed and overwhelmed to have finally "made it".

The hours ticked by- midnight, one, two, three a.m. And what to my wondering eyes did appear but my novel already sitting at #3 on the Hot New Releases and #24 on Best Sellers lists for Medical Thrillers in those first few hours of its release! What joy I felt in those early hours of the morning.

I continued to watch, disbelieving, until at one point it (something?) finally hit me. I had just taken a screen shot to post onto social media (my new best friend). At that point my novel was wedged between some other novels on the list which were also captured on my screen- my internet browser only accommodated six novels at a time- and at that particular point my novel happened to be surrounded by books by Michael Crichton, Patricia Cornwell, Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, and Tess Gerritssen. With little old me as the sixth and final book on the screen.

Readers of this genre will immediately understand, and perhaps most readers will as well. To borrow my 5th grade son’s favorite all-purpose word, that was some pretty "unbe-frickin’-lievable" company for a first-time author like me.

When I stopped for that moment, and realized what had finally happened for me, after all the effort and strife and rejection and self-doubt and persecution and myriad other hurdles and obstacles I’d encountered (and ultimately overcome)…. can you guess what I did?

I wept.

I’m not too proud (more…)

Interview: Q&A with My Bookish Ways

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene, Interview, My Bookish Ways

(as originally appeared Nov 5, 2015 on My Bookish Ways)

MBW: What inspired you to write The Ripper Gene?

MR: An article in the journal Science was the literal inspiration for the scientific premise of the book. In that study, researchers found a genetic difference that influenced incarceration rates in boys from troubled backgrounds…boys who (more…)

Interview: Q&A with Gef Fox's Den of Dark Fiction

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene, Gef Fox Den of Dark Fiction, Interview

(as originally appeared Oct 20, 2015 on Wag the Fox: Gef Fox's Den of Dark Fiction)

GF: What was the impetus behind The Ripper Gene?

MR: This won’t be the answer you expect, but the real impetus behind this novel was actually a request from the former editor at Time Warner’s Mysterious Press, Ms. (more…)

Blog: The Scientific Inspiration for The Ripper Gene

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, Interview, Scientific Inspiration, The Ripper Gene, ScienceThrillers.com

(as originally appeared Sept 24, 2015 on SCIENCETHRILLERS.COM)

People often ask me “What was the inspiration for your novel The Ripper Gene?”. I’ve already mentioned in other interviews that the genesis of Lucas’s backstory-his mother’s untimely death one Halloween night- was based on a real Halloween night from my childhood that I later (more…)

Interview: Q&A with Momma On The Rocks

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene, Interview, Momma on the Rocks

(as originally appeared on September 22, 2015 on Momma On The Rocks)

MOTR: As a young boy, in a car full of trick-or-treaters on Halloween, you encountered two bloodied teens on the road that night - and years later wondered “what if?” But it’s a big jump from molecular biology and writing scientific journals  to (more…)

Interview: Q&A with Donna's Book Blog

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene, Interview, Donna's Book Blog

(as originally appeared Sept 16, 2015 on Donna's Book Blog)

DBB: What is the book’s genre/category?

MR: It’s essentially a biomedical mystery / thriller but its classified officially as a “Medical Thriller”. Which works well for me, as it puts me in the company of all the very original authors I read in my early days who inspired me (more…)

Interview: Q&A with Marjorie's World of Books

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, Interview, Marjorie's World of Books, Writing

(as originally appeared on MarjorieBookLikes.com on Sept 15, 2015)

MWoB: Knowing your scientific background before reading your book, I had thought there might be parts that would be over my head. I was very impressed with the clarity and simplicity of your scientific explanations. Was it difficult for you to tone it down for the (more…)

Interview: Q&A with Author Jay Whales

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, Author, Interview, Jay Whales, The Ripper Gene, Luger, FBI

(as originally appeared on AuthorJayWhales.Wix.Com on Sept 14, 2015)

JW: Michael, with your background, do you find it difficult to write in a way that people understand what you are trying to say? (Is it hard to “dumb down” your thoughts?)

MR: No, in fact I’ve always enjoyed relaying what I do or (more…)

Blog: Birth of a Story - Prologue in The Ripper Gene

March 4, 2016

Tags: The Ripper Gene, Literati Press, Inspiration

(as originally appeared Sept 10, 2015 on TheLiteratiPress.WordPress.Com)

I heard in a class recently (Writing Great Fiction from The Great Courses) that the entire inspiration for The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner was the image of a little girl in dirty underpants sitting on the limb of a pear tree, peering into a (more…)

Interview: Q&A with BookReviewsandGiveAways.Org

March 4, 2016

Tags: Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene, Interview

(as originally appeared Sept 8, 2015 on BOOKREVIEWSANDGIVEAWAYS.ORG)

BR&GA: How did you come up with the title for your novel, THE RIPPER GENE?

MR: I find titles to be one of the most difficult undertakings involved in writing a book. It’s incredibly “tricky”, since you’re trying to capture so (more…)