Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Best Friend From The Neurology of Angels

1 - Tell us a bit about your book.
The Neurology of Angels is a novel about the hearts inside the business and politics of drug development and the consequences of a choice between saving one child and treating thousands. The story belongs to Galen, a neuroscientist turned reluctant entrepreneur, who has developed a treatment for stroke and is trying to develop a cure for his daughter’s best friend, who has a rare and fatal genetic illness.

2 - Tell us about the best friend - gender, age, appearance, how they came to be with the hero or heroine and anything else we need to know about them.
For most of the story, Eddy is in his mid-30s, a runner, blond, handsome, a politician. He and Galen met at Harvard University. Galen was in love with Eddy’s sister until she died from a series of strokes just after they graduated from college. Several years later, Galen and Eddy had a double wedding, and their wives both became pregnant at the same time, which is where the story begins.

3 - Who does the "best friend" help in the book?
Eddy’s mission is to lower the cost of prescription drugs to help everyone suffering from an illness for which they can’t afford the treatment.

4 - Does the best friend have a specific purpose in the book?
Eddy’s purpose in the book is to be one of many people trying to do the right thing but getting in the way of Galen developing his cure.

5 - How does your hero or heroine feel about the best friend?
His feelings are complicated, and he doesn’t understand them all explicitly. He’s proud of Galen, but at the same time jealous of him professionally, although personally he sees Galen as a stray puppy he saved from the street.

6 - How would your hero or heroine handle their problems or difficulties with the best friend?

They stop talking to each other until they are in situations where they are forced to confront each other, and the bottled anger spills over in revelation.

7 - Are there problems between the best friend and your main characters?
Yes, the rift between the two is central to the story.

8 - Do you see the best friend ever having their own story?
Not likely. Eddy needs Galen, whether he knows it or not.

9 - Was the best friend inspired by anyone you know?
He wasn’t based on anyone I know personally, however he was inspired by the many politicians I see who have the best of intentions but are somewhat holier-than-thou in their execution.

10 - Is there anything else about the best friend that we need to know? Feel free to share.
Eddy has a good heart. He’s the antagonist, but not a villain.

11 - Please provide your website link.

12 - What is the link to buy your book?

The book is available on the website or a variety of online retailers including Books a Million, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Target.

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