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Friday, August 4, 2017

Exploring the 'What If?' factors



“Whenever I start a novel, I'm always looking for two things: a bit of science that makes me go 'what if?' and a piece of history that ends in a question mark.” – James Rollins
 
A writer of action-adventure/thriller novels who had been practicing veterinary medicine when he decided to "mostly" switch careers, Rollins is an amateur spelunker and a certified scuba diver who found those pastimes to be great background and settings for many of his writings. 

“But, I don't actually have a one wellspring of inspiration,” he said. “I subscribe to National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover, and a slew of other magazines. And it is while reading articles for pleasure and interest that an interesting 'What if?' often will pop into my head.”

Born in August 1961, he didn’t start writing until 1999 but has been almost unstoppable since, penning dozens of novels (and counting), among them Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  His very first novel, Witch Fire – written under his pen name James Clemens – was “discovered” as an entry in a Hawaiian writing contest.  His most recent novel is the bestseller, The Seventh Plague.     
                               Rollins continues to practice veterinary medicine, particularly helping abandoned or abused animals.  And, he says he’s found a secondary benefit from his writing. “Generally, if you preface a request with, 'I'm an author writing a book,' for some reason, that seems to open a lot of doors.”

 

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