James Fogel

Biography

James Fogel is a practicing physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and this is his first novel. Dr. Fogel has lectured on genetics and on international population issues at the university and postgraduate levels, and he has engaged in reproductive health projects in the developing world. He lives in Hobe Sound, FL, and his other activities include painting, fishing, and being on the board of the Paleontological Research Institution, Procreation is written from the viewpoint of one who has had a career exploring and dealing with the subjects of contraception, genetics, religion, ethics, and international health and population issues.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Several years ago, a friend and I were talking about the problem of increasing population. Imagine a diabolical plot to inoculate every other third grader with some sort of birth control vaccine, he said. I remember saying that a virus is used in gene therapy to introduce the genetic change, and what if someone came up with a change that made people sterile? Then suppose that virus got loose on the general population? Too bad, we said, that Michael Crichton isn't alive to write the book.
Then later I started pecking on my laptop, and the story sort of wrote itself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had finished the first draft of my story and I attended a workshop for doctors and lawyers who want to become writers. A number of agents and best selling popular fiction writers were there. The writers told stories of how their best seller was rejected by twenty agents, or it took fifteen years to get their first book published. All the agents and writers agreed that the publishing industry was in sad shape. Then toward the end of the program when all the prospective writers were terribly depressed, a woman took the podium and told how she had e-published her first book with modest success, and then had written two more, and she had been so successful that she had given up her day job.
I presented my book idea to several agents who weren't interested. They were very nice though, and gave me some good tips on improving it, but I had already decided to go indie.
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Books

Procreation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,240. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The major catastrophes of our time are linked to the two pivotal issues of our time. They are the destruction of the natural environment and human overpopulation. They are the Siamese twins, separated at birth but soon to be catastrophically united. "Procreation” tells the riveting story of an ingenious discovery in genetic engineering that could bring either salvation or apocalypse

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