Friday, October 18, 2013

The Borealis Genome by Thomas & Nancy Wise: Interview

Welcome Tom and Nancy.  Thank you for allowing me this chance to ask you some pesky questions.  Who is your favorite author? 
Nancy loves to read Walter Farley and Anne McCaffrey books, but Tom on the other hand reads mostly nonfiction for his work as a University Instructor.

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
        We don’t use a formula other than to try to be sure every page gives the read a reason to flip to the next page.  Every thing we write about is built upon an experience or a place that we have visited.  We simply take these experiences and extend them.
What do you think makes a good story?
        Nancy works hard to keep the stories with the realm of believability.  We try to keep from causing our readers to suspend their belief system when reading the story.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
        Tom - Editing is absolutely the hardest part of writing.  I can never figure out what to do with that crazy comma.  It just doesn’t work for me.
What books have most influenced your life?
        Nancy – I think Watership Down and To Kill a Mockingbird. 
What are your favorite TV shows?
        We both agree on this one. Our favorite TV shows are “Big Bang Theory” and “Duck Dynasty,” and “American Pickers.”  These guys are great.  They are funny and good family viewing.

YA Sci Fi
Date Published: 6/4/2013

New novel The Borealis Genome addresses the issue of increased moral ambiguity as scientific technology advances and removes our sense of individuality. The married authors throw engaged characters Tim and Nora into a scientific nightmare where mind-uploading and a weaponized virus allow the minds of the few to control those of the masses. As the population starts turning into mental zombies can Tim and Nora find the source of this mayhem? And can their love persevere through these harrowing times?


Thomas and Nancy Wise

Thomas and Nancy come from very different backgrounds.  Thomas was raised in a military family and lived through the separations of war and the challenges that a family faces when coming back together. Challenges such as injuries and the frailty of the body and shifts in the personality that war bring to a family can force everyone to redefine how they see the themselves and the world around them. Nancy was raised in a family challenged by severe injuries.  Her father was paralyzed and could no longer work causing the family to reform around a new breadwinner when their mother had to take over.
We chose to write a book shaped around these realities and the challenges that new technologies will force societies all over the world to deal with very soon. Mind uploading, neural networks, and human gene manipulation combined with new medical discoveries may become a new reality that we must all understand and learn what it means to our lives. These are realities today that were only science fiction just a few years ago that will soon have a real and direct affect on our lives.
Tom earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management in 2012 and has other books including “Trust in Virtual Teams,” and “Agile Readiness.”



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