Saturday, March 3, 2012

What Made You Think You Could Write a Novel? By Rudy Mazzocchi

I’m sure there are many professional writers out there with years of formal training, decades of dedication, relentlessly trying to get their work published, asking, “How does some guy, who has never even taken a writing course or anything beyond English Lit 101 in college, decide to write and publish a novel… and successfully get it done the first time!”

Well, let me start by saying that I had no expectations of making a single dollar from this process and that I have not yet even defined the term “successful” at it relates to my writing. I’m a serial entrepreneur who has spent the past 20-25 years trying to develop medical technologies that improve the “quality of life” of other people. By that definition, I experienced success when one of my first inventions was implanted in the heart of a newborn baby to treat a congenital birth defect, allowing that child to survive and grow to an adult. It’s been all uphill since then.

I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to see the newest innovations in healthcare and work with some of the most brilliant researchers, scientists and physicians in the industry throughout the world. It’s allowed me to witness technologies that could easily be viewed as “science fiction”, ranging from controversial developments with embryonic stem cells to designing the first electronic, auto-focusing implantable lens for inside the eye; (for the Terminator or the Six Million Dollar Man – depending upon your generation)!

Logging in millions of miles on numerous airlines, while chasing new technologies and the proper funding to move them forward, provided me long hours to read hundreds of novels. It finally got to the point where the written stories were less exciting than the brutal and thrilling reality of what I was facing on a daily basis.

I started writing as though I was simply telling a story… asking along the way… “why not?” and “what if?”. The next thing you know I was seeking out professional editors and literary agents. Now I have both, along with a publisher and publicists, and releasing my debut novel (EQUITY of EVIL) on March 5th, 2012 with a second manuscript well underway.

I’m now trying to define “success” with this newly found hobby of mine. I find satisfaction in the completion of my work and when someone says, “You wrote this? I didn’t know you can write… damn!” That probably does it for me, but the more people that say, “what’s next?”, the more I’m inspired to continue.

As you read EQUITY of EVIL, please keep in mind that I wrote this “medical thriller” for entertainment purposes. Yes, there’s a bit of a “shock and awe” component, but it’s meant to give the reader some insight as to what is actually feasible today while providing a glimpse into part of our world that many might deny even exists.

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