It’s always a good marketing tool to open a blog post with a picture of a cute dog. So today’s beach chat guest supplied a picture of her too-cute-for-words canine companion, Bug. As many of us dog-loving writers do, we feature our beloved pets in our stories. Today’s mystery writer does, too. So read more about Bug and his human…
Today we’re chatting with: JL Greger
Most cherished beach memory: Bikini Atoll in the
Marshall Islands, where
tested the hydrogen bomb, is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.
The sand has a pinkish glow, not because of radiation, and the beach has an
amazing collection of shells probably because few people go there. How did I get there? In 1992, I was part of a
team of scientists sent by the US National
Academy of Sciences to assess
radiological safety of resettling certain parts of the .
The research was exciting; it didn’t hurt that the committee consisted of
eleven male scientists and me. Marshall Islands
Recommend a beach read: I like to take long books with me to read on vacation because I’ll have time to savor the whole book in a relatively short time period, i.e. 3 or 4 days. I’d recommend getting immersed in Ken Follett’s The Pillars the Earth on your next flight and beach visit. If you want something funny, try MASH by Richard Hooker.
One author with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on
I admire how he shows his legal expertise in his novels and with it a sense of
what’s right and what’s wrong with the legal system. Similarly, I try in my
novels to share the excitement of scientific discovery but admit the limits of
modern science. I think we’re both hopeful cynics. Waikiki Beach
Worst non-writing job you had: My worst job was as a kitchen aide in a university dormitory cafeteria.
Favorite quote or saying: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” (Reinhold Niebuhr, probably 1943)
Song that you dance to (when no one is watching): Surprise!. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as sung by Elvis Presley. (Okay readers, grab your snuggle-bunny and dance along…and a bonus, a film clip from the classic Presley film, Blue Hawaii.)
Three of your favorite things: My favorites aren’t really things. My dog Bug is my all time favorite. My second and third favorites are travel and the memories it creates because I love new experiences and then remembering what I saw, heard, smelled, and tasted.
Two secret vices: The first is gross - eating peanut butter from a spoon scraped around a jar of peanut butter. The second is offensive to most authors. After I read the first ten or twenty pages of a novel, I read the last ten pages. Then I know what to look for if I read the rest.
One pet peeve: I named my blog “JL Greger’s Bugs” because it gave me a chance to talk about pet peeves. When I thought about it, I realized that I never had written about my biggest pet peeve. I don’t like to be around people who are afraid to try everything and anything. They want the world to stay just as it is and complain about it. Some days, when I’m arguing with my computer, I might say it’s the “auto format” feature on Word.
More about JL Gregor:
Those questions were revealing. Not sure there’s much left to say. I’ve been a scientist, professor, university administrator, and consultant on science- or university-related projects in the
, etc. Now I'm
a writer, who tries to put bits of real science into her mystery/suspense
novels as she tells of the adventures of two sisters – Sara Almquist, an
outgoing epidemiologist, and her sister Linda, a proper and caring physician.
Think of them as a modern version of Oscar and Felix in the Odd Couple. Beirut, United Arab Emirates
I'm a pretty logical person, except in regard to Bug, my Japanese Chin dog. He's the only non-fictional character in all my novels.
Books by JL Greger:
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A new, mysterious flu strain kills more than two hundred in less than a week in the small walled community near the
Grande. The rest face a bleak future under quarantine.
One of the residents Sara Almquist, as a medical epidemiologist, pries into
every aspect of her neighbors’ lives looking for ways to stop the spread of the
flu. She finds promising clues – maybe one too many? Not all her neighbors are
what they appear to be.
A New Way
to Lose Weight (Just released this week!)
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Someone in this southwestern medical school doesn't like women. Two have been murdered already. At first, Linda Almquist suspects the deaths are related to her investigation of Dr. Richard Varegos, a “diet doctor.” He is alleged to be recklessly endangering the lives of his obese research subjects. Maybe she’s wrong. The murders might be related to something in the past – something involving her boss the Dean. While Linda fears for her job, the police fear for her life.
In the third novel in this series, Sara Almquist will be a science consultant to
that’s where coca is grown.
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JL Greger’s Bugs (blog): www.jlgregerblog.blogspot.com