The Character Book

Formerly "What Car Would Hamlet Drive"

"The first big thing that hit me ... is a specific talent that Joan has as a writer that I've rarely seen... Throughout the book we're presented with several characters who have contracted the anthrax virus through one means or another. In a matter of a few short paragraphs, Joan was able to make me care about those characters.
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About Joan Meijer

Joan Meijer is the author of over 20 books and 35 short stories including the ground breaking "MetaFitness:Your Thoughts Taking Shape" co-authored with Suzy Prudden.

Her most consistently best selling story "Relentless: The Search for Typhoid Mary" has been greeted with much acclaim. It is a fictionalization of Mary Mallon - Typhoid Mary - based on the little information that is available about her. It also displays the amazing birth of microbiology and the discovery of the cause of typhoid which had been such a devastating disease until the moment of Mary's identification as a carrier.

"The Initiative" is a medical thriller - once again delving into a medical mystery - this time in modern times as Cassandra Williams investigates an anthrax outbreak in New York City that could only be caused by germ warfare. Mid-way through the investigation she discovers that terrorists have an anthrax bomb they intend to deploy over New York and she joins forces with Senator Richland Powell in a heroic and frantic effort to save the city. This is the first of a Cassandra Williams series.

"Provenance" Meijer's first work of fiction is based on a true rescue that happened in New York in 1985 when a 35-ton building crane tipped over an unprotected sidewalk - 30 feet above a cellar hole, pinning a heroic woman by the legs in constant danger of dropping to the floor below. Meijer - herself a New York City Paramedic - tells the tale of the rescue in thrilling detail as each of the steps the city takes to save her fails and in the street amputation comes closer and closer to being the most dangerous and possible only way to save her.

"The President's Dirty Little Secret" is Meijer's most recent medical thriller with a political edge. The story is about David McLaughlin - once ace reporter now in the limbo of writing obits for his paper after blowing the most important story of his career. McLaughlin's wife and new husband are brutally murdered after Dr. Reginald Hotchkiss tells McLaughlin that he has some terrifying evidence that hints at a scandal. McLaighlin must keep himself and his daughter alive long enough to solve the murders and several others that follow.

On the non-fiction side, Meijer has written "How To Write A Book That Positions You As An Expert In Your Field" and "The Character Book" both books about writing, and "Date Rape It's Not Your Fault" a book about how to avoid date rape, and how to handle your life if you can't avoid being raped.

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