Interview with medical thriller author Sean Adelman

My
special guest today is Sean
Christopher Adelman, MD
. He’s here as part of a virtual book tour for his
medical thriller, Trispero.

During his tour, Sean will be awarding a paperback copy of Trispero (US only) to a randomly drawn winner. To
be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit
his other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:

Sean
Adelman is an orthopedic surgeon who lives in Seattle, Washington. He has three
children; two girls and boy. His middle daughter is the inspiration for his
books; she is beautiful and smart and happens to have Down syndrome. When Sean
isn’t writing or doing surgery he enjoys playing music on his electric guitar,
and going for bike rides with his family to the local farmers market.

Welcome, Sean. Please tell us about your
current release.

At its
heart, Trispero is a book about a
dad, his daughter, their relationship and what he would do for her. The subtext
is a medical thriller with some science fiction dealing with genetics and how
understanding ourselves can impact our future. Trispero is a journey of a dad and his daughter through loss,
discovery, and redemption. We find that a brighter future for us all is hidden
as a gift within some of our most disenfranchised. Will our world snuff out
this gift before we discover its possibilities?

What inspired you to write this book?

The
inspiration is my daughter, Devon. Devon is 18 years old and has Down syndrome,
my stories are an homage to her spirit to promote inclusion and understanding
for people with different abilities. As a father I wanted a way to share my
message of hope after being frustrated by people’s inability to see past her
diagnosis. The actual idea for this novel came after a discussion with my
neighbor who is on the board of our local cancer research institute about some
new genetic therapies to cure cancer. My knowledge of the genetics of Down
syndrome quickly snowballed into a story, three years later, here we are.

Excerpt from Trispero:

“Papa,
what is a gift?”
“I’m
sorry, Alucia, gift is a word peculiar to the old language. It means you give
with no expectation of receiving anything in return.”
“Oh,
we do that all the time.”
“Yes,
my dear, it has fallen out of our language because it is just part of who we
are. We don’t need a word for it.”
“Why
do you use the words hidden gift when you speak of the Trispero then? It seems
confusing for someone to hide a gift. If giving it was such a wonderful thing
to do, then why make it hard to find?”
“Sometimes
gifts can be dangerous if you are not ready for them. A mother bird doesn’t try
to give its baby the gift of flight until it is ready. Would you give your best
friend your favorite music if she had nothing to listen with?”
“How
will you know when they are ready?”
***
Jerry
laid in bed thinking. Time seemed to travel so slowly in his glass prison. He
couldn’t believe it had been a year since Lily had moved to Denver. Quiet. Everyone
thought he was asleep so he kept his face in his pillow hoping they would
leave. Stay quiet, and they will go away. He slowed his breathing so he
could hear. The intercom had been left open so he would know if someone came.
Once it had been quiet for a few minutes, he carefully rolled his head to one
side to make sure no one was there. The window was empty; no one was at the
door. He rolled out of bed to go find his book. He just didn’t want to talk
with anyone. He spent so much time here that when anyone visited they always
had that, “I’m so sorry for you” look on their face. Everyone except Lily, that
is. Lily just wanted to hang out and play; she never treated him like the freak
that he was. He was only ten, but he wasn’t stupid. He knew he was sick; he
didn’t know how long he would last.
***
 The tall man stood in the shadows across the
street from Nate’s house. He watched as Nate parked his bike and went inside
before picking up his cell phone. “Sir, yes, Dr. Gibson, Amsler
is home with his wife now. Yes, you
were correct. He did meet with Mrs. Lemay. I’ll give you a full debriefing when
you arrive tomorrow, sir.”

What
exciting story are you working on next?

I am working on a follow
up for Trispero. The first story is a
complete entity, but I have a lot more I want to show about the Trispero and how they changed the world.

When
did you first consider yourself a writer?

The
first time I really thought of myself as a writer was when I got a note from a
young girl in London about how much she enjoyed the story and how it made her
look at the possibilities for her younger sister with Down syndrome a little
differently.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your
work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time
to write?

I
am actually a full- time orthopedic surgeon and father so finding time is
challenging. The most effective way I have found is to use an iPad that I keep
with me at all times. That way I can write whenever I have time between
clinics, between surgeries, or even after dinner.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I love
classic American cars having grown up with my father who loved working on them.
I try to include a cool car in my stories that doesn’t really have anything to
do with the plot. You will have to let me know what car that is in Trispero after you read it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?

When I
was a child I wanted to fly, if I couldn’t be superman I wanted to fly jets in
the Air Force. As I grew older I realized being an avenger made much more sense
than a pilot, because then I could fly and save the world.

Anything additional you want to share with
the readers?

For me,
writing is more than just telling a story. Writing is a way for me to disperse
my message to a broader audience. It’s important for people to get my message
about inclusion and acceptance so that I can feel my stories are making a
difference. The other part of writing I didn’t fully appreciate is how much I
love the process. I enjoy coming up with the plot and organizing things in my
mind. This process is challenging and works a part of my brain that is in
desperate need of this stimulation.


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