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08 September 2014

Balancing Life and Writing w. R. Arundel @TheFaceTranspla @GoddessFish #thriller #medical

Today we have author R. Arundel visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Robert was born in London, United Kingdom. His early formative years were spent in Toronto Canada. Robert attended the University of Toronto Medical School. After obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree he completed surgical training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto and obtained certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Robert Mounsey practices surgery in private practice in Toronto.
* R. Arundel studied Film Studies at Ryerson University, after this he began writing screenplays and novels. The Face Transplant is his debut novel.
* R. Arundel is married and lives in Toronto, Canada. When not writing or practicing surgery Robert can be found cycling.

What are you going to tell us about today?
* About balancing life and writing and my story The Face Transplant.
* I maintain a very busy schedule as a facial plastic surgeon. However, I do not have difficulty finding time to write. I have constant ideas around the project I am writing (I always have a project on the go) and new thoughts about concepts I would like to explore. I think everyone has the same challenges in a work/life balance. The stay at home mother with two young children has a far more hectic time than most people who complain that writing is too difficult or that their job keeps them from writing. If you have a need to write then you will find a way to write. This is very similar to my friends who are ardent runners. On a cold or rainy day when I will say it's a great day not to go out for a run, they will say it's a perfect day to run.
* I personally cannot write quality material or structure a story properly if I spend too long writing. After a certain amount of time the mind wanders and fatigue sets in. Having a marathon writing session may seem like you are accomplishing more, but in reality the quality will diminish. It is far preferable to write shorter bursts of stuff that later when you read it you are satisfied, than to write a hundred pages and then the next day you need to come back and re write the entire thing because the writing is far inferior.
* I have many diverse interests and other activities to give me a break from writing. Taking time away from writing to enjoy other activities benefits my writing I avoid forcing myself to write a certain amount each day. If the ideas flow, then I write. If not, I don't write. I think that my subconscious always is working on my book and when I have something to write, I'll write.

A look into the story
~ Blurb ~
* Dr. Matthew MacAulay is a Facial Transplant Surgeon at a prestigious New York hospital. His friend and mentor, Tom Grabowski, dies under mysterious circumstances. Matthew is forced to investigate. He uncovers his friend’s secret. A new technique that allows perfect facial transplants. No incisions, no scars. The surgeon is able to transplant one person’s face to another with the perfect result. Tom was able to accomplish this monumental feat with the help of Alice, a supercomputer robot with almost human abilities.
* While trying to find the people responsible for murdering his friend Tom, Matthew realizes he is the prime suspect. Matthew must flee for his life with the help of Dr. Sarah Larsson, a colleague and reluctant helper who has a secret of her own. Alice helps them make sense of a baffling series of seemingly unrelated events. Matthew is forced to undergo a facial transplant to hide his identity and help to uncover the truth.
* The clues carry Matthew and Sarah around the world. Matthew stumbles onto a sinister plot of monumental proportions, the real reason Tom was murdered. This discovery leads Matthew all the way to The White House with a dramatic conclusion. Matthew never wavers in his quest for the truth and perseveres against all the odds. He must race to stop a major catastrophe, ratcheting up the excitement until the thrilling conclusion.
* The Face Transplant is a powerful medical suspense thriller of the first order. The novel was written by a surgeon. The novel has a realism that only a surgeon can bring. The plot weaves politics, medicine and espionage into a tightly paced, intelligent thriller. The novel crescendos page by page to a totally unexpected conclusion.
~ Excerpt ~
* The missing face is found...
* The titanium canister slowly rose from the ground behind the glass door. When it finally stopped, two beeps were heard. Jason opened the glass door and took out the canister, a soft cold mist emanated from the canister. Maybe it was the temperature difference here, Matthew had never seen that when he brought up his canisters. The white mist slowly rose and then disappeared. Jason opened the titanium canister. As he had suspected, a red light began to flash. Matthew realized the canister had been altered. A signal was alerting someone that they had opened the canister.
* Jason, “Don’t worry, I anticipated this, the wall will not allow the signal to transmit, we’re safe.”
* Jason slowly removes the head from the canister. It is covered in what looks like a thin white cloth and wrapped precisely. Same technique used for all donor faces in the US. This face was harvested by Tom, no doubt about it. Slowly they unwrap the face.

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Thank you for joining us here today, R. Arundel! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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Mary Preston said...

A very interesting story line.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

R. Arundel said...

Hi,thanks for hosting this event. I look forward to the opportunity to allow people to understand the novel The Face Transplant and some of my motivations behind this story.
R. Arundel

R. Arundel said...

Mary, I got the idea for the story one day while looking at a scientific article about face transplants. I wondered what will this technology be like in the future, when it is perfected.

Rita said...

The story sounds very intriguing.

R. Arundel said...

It is a very interesting story. It blends medical suspense thriller, with romance, with artificial intelligence. The twists and turns around the face transplants make the story unique.
R. Arundel

Anonymous said...

The author facts are pretty fun!

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Elaine Hopper said...

I like how you balance your busy surgical career with your writing.

stacey dempsey said...

I love a good thriller and this sounds great THANKS