Interview with Ron Aryel

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A couple of things: What will I learn today? Whom will I help today?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a very busy medical practice catering to babies, children, teenagers and young adults. A lot of families with chronically ill children and children with disabilities depend on my team. I serve on the Board of Trustee's for a charity that pays for daily transportation of persons with disabilities, so they can go about their lives as normally as anyone else would.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask a very talented artist to help me convey the essence of my book through the cover. Aryn Roth, an outstanding artist who lives in Kansas City, MO and one of the nicest and most generous people I'll ever know, graced the cover of Plum Island Fever. If I tried to design it myself I would be in trouble.
What do you read for pleasure?
I try to read as widely as I can: Non-fiction, newspapers, magazines, science fiction, drama. I want to see and explore new ideas.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I curl up around a book.
Describe your desk
It's a little messy. Papers, books, pens, a computer stylus. I've been told that's a good thing, actually...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx, New York City, and also spent many formative years in Los Angeles. It taught me to celebrate all kinds of people, all kinds of situations.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've actually been working on it for years, but my publication of the first textbook to describe the principles and practices of biosurveillance, a branch of "Big Data" dealing with epidemics, got me thinking about how much fun it would be to publish fiction related to it. I also know and love New York City and want other people to be introduced to that marvelous place too.
How much of "Plum Island Fever" is real?
All the characters, while they are fictional and of my own invention, were inspired by the people and relationships in my life. The science is as authentic and plausible as I could make it, and most New York City and Nassau County locations are real. New York is an incredible place. I hope this book helps it come alive.
Published 2014-11-15.
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Books by This Author

Plum Island Fever
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,420. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A police K-9 officer finds a young woman dying on a subway train. An ordinary murder investigation leads to a pediatrician's race against time, to save New York City from an act of bioterrorism involving a secret government laboratory.