IndieView with Ketan Desai, author of Germs of War

The science. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? What are you working on now? It was done by the publishing company. Based on my background in science, medicine and army. Did you hire a professional editor? What came easily? Yes, I did. As above, no one cared about Bin Laden or Afghanistan, and the idea that someone from there could attack the US was preposterous to them. Just over a month. A fast-paced amalgamation of science, international intrigue with rogue CIA agents battling terrorists, and politics. Just about anyone interested in politics, world affairs, science, medicine should be interested. Do you have a target reader? When did you start writing the book? It is more work, especially the marketing part, but stick with it. The initial part of sitting down and committing is difficult, but once I do sit down, the words flow quite effortlessly. I wait until finish a chapter. Lack of interest from publishers. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? No, that would be too distracting. Do you outline? I also write for seekingalpha.com, talkmarkets.com, and medium.org
Where do you live now? Came to US at age 24, got a PhD and started three companies, two biotech and one radiology. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) No, it is an iterative process. Exactly how to make a biological weapon. I was moonlighting in hospital on a very slow day, with very few patients. I know a fair amount of genetic manipulation as I have a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, and background in the military made me realize the dangers of biological weapons. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? If so can you please describe it? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? In between is a graduate student who gets sucked into the maelstrom and is the only one who can stop them. With little to do, I started writing a story that evolved into the book
How long did it take you to write it? I grew up in India and went to medical school there. I go back and change things if the plot evolves in a different direction than when I wrote the preceding piece. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Germs of War is about Afghan based terrorists who infiltrate Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) to develop biological weapons and then use them to attack Western targets (the book was written before 9/11). Yes, the romance part was difficult, but to humanize the protagonist, it was essential. We all know how important it is for writers to read. About the book
What is the book about? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? About You
Where did you grow up? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? However, on their tails are renegade CIA agents who try to thwart them. This was 1998, and no one cared about Afghanistan or knew about Bin Laden. In Pennsylvania. No
Do you listen to music while you write? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? So I sat on it for quite a few years, but with the rise of ISIS, I thought it was time to re-energize the process. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Germs of War from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I put the two together. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Will she be able to? I’m working on a book on China and designer super-babies. Combination of the two. And a lonely student who can thwart it all. This was 1998, and the internet was in its infancy. Where did you get the idea from? After 9/11, I went to several book stores and signed books. Not really. No agent was interested. I know a fair amount of genetic manipulation as I have a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology, and background in the military made me realize the dangers of biological weapons. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I have a plan. I was also interviewed by many TV stations but many (such as NBC Nightline) did not air the interview as they thought people would be too frightened. This nightmare scenario was published in Germs of War first in 1999, which predicted 9/11. I’m focusing on social media and online reviews at the moment. Ketan Desai – 23 November 2018
The Back Flap
What if ISIS had biological weapons? If they don’t publish, go ahead on your own. I put the two together. Yes, don’t let the publishers destroy your aspirations to write and publish. In this genre, I’d say Robin Cook, who showed that people do have an interest in science and medicine-based fiction. No defined process.