Interview with Jonathan Lowe

When did you first start writing?
Around age 15 I began by writing poetry. Also composed a few pieces for piano. This resulted from reading and listening, mostly science fiction, and mostly classical/jazz music. Never tried to publish anything until college, and then had a few poems published. Writing is a craft that improves with experience, and, unlike piano, I never gave up.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Methuselah Gene came as the result of writing several unrelated astronomy articles, when I was inspired to look into the work of life extension. Dr. Cynthia Kenyon was successful in extending the lifespan of worms, while work with mice had shown similar lifespan effects using recombinant DNA and Crispr. She mentioned the possibility that science could have a pill that would extend life by decades one day...sooner rather than later. i began to wonder how much such a pill would cost. My sister's cancer meds are $500 a shot. Hundreds of billions of dollars could be made by the first pharmaceutical company to patent such a drug. Who might want that formula so much--prior to patent--that they'd be willing to kill? How many lives would they be willing to sacrifice to test it? Hacking is viral now. Put all this together, and you have a massive conspiracy that might actually come true.
What is neglected in fiction today?
The concept of WHY people do things. This is often thrown in at the last moment---as an afterthought---by many writers who have a large audience and so are required by their publishers to produce a book a year. Most of these genre fiction novels are about the WHO more than the WHY. But if you don't care about WHY people do what they do, except to click off some mindless list to fit the formula, nothing truly interesting is achieved.
Published 2017-10-04.
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Books by This Author

Jackpot Island
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until May 15!) Words: 90,450. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Meet Howard Rosen, $900M Powerball winner. It's his second mega Powerball win. He lost his ticket the first time, and the media made the mistake of laughing at him. Now he is determined to rock their world. Survivor meets Lethal Weapon in this confluence of fate and chance, from the award winning author of The Methuselah Gene and Postmarked for Death. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
The Umpire Has No Clothes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,200. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Archery, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Sports satirist Walter Witty renders a play-by-play account of America's own most radical of obsessions: sports. Is everything a sport? From the hundred million plus salaries of sports gods to the games played by politicians and televangelists, Witty whistles and points at both Icons and Emperors prancing in their skivvies. Who will win? You will win.
Judge Jury: Hybrid Stories
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until May 15!) Words: 51,890. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Artificial intelligence, suspense, revenge, murder, and a prequel to the movie Collateral. Stories from award winning author Jonathan Lowe.
Who Moved My TV?
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until April 28!) Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
There are dozens of new TV shows added every season, and endless sports, plus commercials for junk food and prescription drugs. For Connor, some sneaky new arrivals in his suburban home are about to change his life forever. What's real and what's fantasy? Maybe television is subtracting part of Conner's brain, and giving it to the invaders?
The Final Plot of Valerie Lott
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until May 15!) Words: 88,420. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
An unpredictable story of transformations and surprise events, The Final Plot of Valerie Lott combines tragedy and enlightenment to show what it sometimes takes for people to change. Included is an attack on the Burj Khalifa, (the world's tallest building,) a kidnapping, an astronomical event unseen in 400 years, and a romance that defines what love is: acceptance and sacrifice.
The Methuselah Gene
Price: $3.99 $2.99 USD. (25% off until May 15!) Words: 99,480. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A genetics researcher working on extending the lifespan of animals is hacked, his formula stolen. With his job on the line, Alan Dyson is forced to take a vacation, and decides to hire his own hacker, and follow a lead to a small town in Iowa where a bizarre clandestine experiment is already underway. The twists that follow are epic.
The World's First Trillionaire
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 25,880. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Howard Rosen becomes The World's First Trillionaire after winning the Powerball, and investing in artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and real estate. Now he can buy and sell the Shark Tank portfolios out of petty cash.