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Blogs, Interviews and Reviews

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

(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  Read More 
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Interview: Q&A with BookReviewsandGiveAways.Org

(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  Read More 
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Blog: The Scientific Inspiration for The Ripper Gene


(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  Read More 
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Blog: DNA, Violence and Free Will in The Ripper Gene


(as originally appeared on MichaelRansomBooks.com, August 18 2015)

The progress in the last decade leading to the sequencing of all 3.2 billion letters (i.e., nucleotides) of the human genome has unleashed a bewildering array of possibilities and unexpected avenues for biomedical research. The speed with which the technologies for sequencing DNA have evolved is  Read More 
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Blog: Seven Things I’ve Learned So Far (About Being a Scientist-Writer)

Originally appeared on Writersdigest.com on August 11, 2015

The most frequent question I’m asked (besides “Where do you find the time?”) is “How does a scientist become a writer? And why?” I realize that’s two questions, but they almost always go together. I’m not sure I have the definitive answers, but here are  Read More 
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Book Review: The Evil That Men Do by Roy Hazelwood

The Evil That Men Do: FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood's Journey into the Minds of Sexual PredatorsThe Evil That  Read More 
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Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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