Norton S. Beckerman


I’m a science writer, teacher, speaker and author.of a non-fiction book entitled "A User's Guide to a Healthy Brain". The primary focus of my professional life is brain science. I’ve been an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction all my life, and that's what led to VIRUS. I’m constantly occupied reading or writing about brain science. I wanted to write a story that would incorporate my training in science and my love for fiction. I joined a writer's group in 2011. That was a major turning point in my writing career. It was their listening, reading and critiquing my writing that honed my skills as a writer of fiction. As a reader I knew my book had to have an unexpected and rewarding ending. All of that came together in my seventh manuscript of “VIRUS., a science fiction thriller”

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What prompted you to write a novel?
I didn't science start out to write a novel. It just happened to work out that way. I'm a science writer, teacher and speaker on the brain and brain function. I have an informational website regarding brain function. "VIRUS" started out as a serial story that I intended to put up on my website ( ) to attract visitors.

I'm a romantic and storyteller by nature. I loved it when my grandfather and father told me stories that they were making up as they went along. I've always admired that ability. I thought writing "VIRUS" for my website would be a hoot for me and entertaining to my visitors. In 2011 I joined a writer's group. When you join a writer's group you're expected to write and read while they listen and critique. It didn't take long before they started telling me that they liked the premise of my story, but I was writing it like a science writer. I needed to learn how to write fiction. Science writing is a reiteration and interpretation of facts. Writing fiction involves creating a plausible, exciting and absorbing story. Just like the stories my grandfather and father told me when I was a small boy. When you write fiction you write for the reader. It all started out innocently enough. I was enjoying telling the story. The more I wrote the more the group encouraged me to write. Eventually, they suggested turning my work into a novel. Along the way I was honing my abilities as a fiction writer and loving it. Seven years and six manuscripts later "VIRUS, a science fiction novel was born".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago, but I don't think the location had anything to do with my writing. My writing was significantly influenced by grandfather and father who were great storytellers. It was influenced my my mother and father who were avid readers. They gave me an appreciation for books. And the fact that their influence prompted be to become an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. Those are the things that influenced who I am and my writing.
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VIRUS, A Science Fiction Thriller
Price: Free! Words: 79,020. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Rachel Cummings, the young Chair of a university biology department is confronted with a problem that modern science says can't exist. But it does exist, and may be deadly. She needs answers. Rachel recruits Barry Protoc to help her find the truth. What they find puts them in the middle of an unbelievable nightmare. Unless they do something hundred, thousands, possibly millions will die.

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