Bonnie Rozanski Explains the Science of Damaged People

A few words on how the idea of DAMAGED PEOPLE came to me in the first place….

Bonnie Rozanski

I’ve always been fascinated with science and usually wind my plots around it. Whatever it may be – quantum physics, time travel or consciousness–such mysteries allow me to explore the big questions. Nature vs. nurture has always been one of those mysteries that beckoned to me.

Some years back I heard about a study of a tiny 19th century town in Sweden. Overkalix was so isolated that if the harvest was bad, everybody starved.  If it was good, they stuffed themselves for months. Analyzing the town’s meticulous agricultural records to determine which years were feast and which were famine, scientists researched the long-term effects on generations of children growing up in there. What they discovered was surprising, to say the least.

For one thing, they found that when pregnant women had little to eat, their children were much more likely to have cardiovascular disease as adults.That was surprising. But even more so was the fact that boys who enjoyed abundant harvests produced sons and GRANDSONS who lived shorter lives–up to decades shorter!  Overall, the results showed that a single winter of overeating as a youngster could set off a cascade of events that would lead one’s progeny to die decades earlier than their peers. Unbelievable, I thought. How could this be?

The answer, I learned, lay in the new science of epigenetics. Epigenetics, which means “over genetics,” explains how the environment leaves chemical marks or tags on the genes, activating them or shutting them down. These tags can alter function or behavior and even cause disease, all without ever changing the DNA itself. Amazingly, science has even found that epigenetic marks may be inherited along with the genes, short-circuiting evolution and passing along new traits in a single generation.

I was blown away.  Everyone knew that Lamarck was wrong. The 18th century naturalist’s theory of acquired characteristics–that giraffes got their long necks because their ancestors had stretched theirs to reach the leaves on the top of trees – had long since been debunked. Changes in the genetic slate were always wiped clean from one generation to the next….

Maybe not.

There was definitely a book in all this, though who and what and how, I didn’t know yet. Eventually, it all came together in a New York family wounded by a single tragedy that propagates itself from person to person and generation to generation: DAMAGED PEOPLE.

Damaged People will be released on June 28th. Reserve your copy now:

Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski

Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski

Damaged People is literary, edgy and character-based.

Like The Corrections, it is literary, edgy and character-based. Like We Are Not Ourselves, it is a moving multi-generational novel. Unlike them, however, Damaged People has a premise founded in cutting-edge science: that powerful environmental conditions routinely leave imprints in our genetic material, short-circuiting evolution and passing along new traits in a single generation.
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About the Book

Damaged People is not your mother’s family saga.

Like The Corrections, it is literary, edgy and character-based.  Like We Are Not Ourselves, it is a moving multi-generational novel.  Unlike them, however, Damaged People has a premise founded in cutting-edge science: that powerful environmental conditions routinely leave imprints in our genetic material, short-circuiting evolution and passing along new traits in a single generation.

Damaged People tells of three generations of a New York City family wounded by a single tragedy that ricochets from person to person:

The young father, Joe, who, out of his mind with grief when his wife dies unexpectedly from a blood clot after giving birth, cannot bear to touch his newborn son.

The young boy himself, who grows into a titan of finance, wildly successful in business but ruthless and paranoid with people.

Then there’s Russ’ only son, Jack, who is overcome with an anxiety he cannot understand or resolve, but one that seems only to have been passed on from his father’s early experience.

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Publisher: Merge Publishing
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: 0997960116
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Damaged People launches June 28, and has a premise founded in cutting edge science. Dealing with family and relationships can be challenging, but having an incident from the past influence generations is devastating. This is not your ordinary family saga, it is filled with realism, emotion, and science.

“DAMAGED PEOPLE expertly grapples with the big questions of the time through the microcosm of the family….The book shines in period details….
Rozanski has woven a classic American saga that comments smartly on the American dream, gender expectations, and the bonds of family.”-IndieReader

“The glimmer of hope it suggests at the end is that no one is so broken that they can’t be fixed, if only they are willing to work for it.–Foreword Clarion Review

“Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski is an engrossing family story . . . the characters are believable and understandable, even when they’re not being terribly warm or likable.” –The Fiction Addiction

Damaged People

Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski

Damaged People by Bonnie Rozanski

Damaged People is literary, edgy and character-based.

Like The Corrections, it is literary, edgy and character-based. Like We Are Not Ourselves, it is a moving multi-generational novel. Unlike them, however, Damaged People has a premise founded in cutting-edge science: that powerful environmental conditions routinely leave imprints in our genetic material, short-circuiting evolution and passing along new traits in a single generation.
Order Now!
About the Book

Damaged People is not your mother’s family saga.

Like The Corrections, it is literary, edgy and character-based.  Like We Are Not Ourselves, it is a moving multi-generational novel.  Unlike them, however, Damaged People has a premise founded in cutting-edge science: that powerful environmental conditions routinely leave imprints in our genetic material, short-circuiting evolution and passing along new traits in a single generation.

Damaged People tells of three generations of a New York City family wounded by a single tragedy that ricochets from person to person:

The young father, Joe, who, out of his mind with grief when his wife dies unexpectedly from a blood clot after giving birth, cannot bear to touch his newborn son.

The young boy himself, who grows into a titan of finance, wildly successful in business but ruthless and paranoid with people.

Then there’s Russ’ only son, Jack, who is overcome with an anxiety he cannot understand or resolve, but one that seems only to have been passed on from his father’s early experience.

Details
Author:
Genre: Literary
Publisher: Merge Publishing
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: 0997960116
ISBN: 9780997960112
Rating:

List Price: 17.99
eBook Price: 3.99
Order Now
Buy from Barnes and Noble
Buy from Amazon
Preview
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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On Writing with Mary Shotwell of Weariland

I asked author Mary Shotwell to talk about her writing process and to share some info about the sequel to Weariland.

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On the writing process:

I knew what I wanted Weariland to be—a Young Adult, light fantasy/adventure continuing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I wanted short chapters with changing points of view, a la Dan Brown. With a handful of scenes in my head, I started writing in a notebook about various characters and plot points. But before I started typing out the manuscript, I read up as much as I could on writing novels. Sure, I had read plenty of novels and knew the general flow of story. I didn’t feel reading novels was enough. I studied world building (www.pcwrede.com has a great list for fantasy world building), character development, and tricks in writing third person limited omniscient (first learning that is the name of what I wanted to do, then how best to do it).

After studying books and the internet, and taking notes, I typed out my scenes. I started ‘on the fly’, writing a scene and moving wherever the scene led me. In retrospect, this was dangerous. Many times I caught myself writing into a ditch, or editing and re-editing what I had written. The process left me frustrated, and the end goal seemed far off.

Luckily, I had motivators in the form of family pushing me to finish the book. I decided to get serious. I made a notecard for each chapter, outlining the major plot advances and whose point of view I was using. I easily saw the gaps, and what needed work, and where to move the story. I made additional cards for the remaining chapters to write. By far, having an outline was the one thing I did that made the writing process incredibly smoother and more enjoyable. I was excited to pour out the story, knowing where it was going, and when I’d stop, I was excited to pick it back up the next day.

Yes, in my research, I discovered many successful authors outlined their works. At the time I had thought, But I don’t know where the story is going until I write it out. I need to see where it takes me. I tried that way, and nope. Not a positive outcome. Now I know that, for me, the outline forces me to know where the story is going. I will not start a manuscript without having the plot, characters, and setting clearly defined for each chapter.

On a sequel to Weariland:

This is tricky. I don’t want to reveal too much, else the excitement of writing it wanes. Things I am willing to tell you:

I do not have a title yet

It is deeper than Weariland. You will see further into Weariland’s landscape, but also learn more about some of the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Weariland.

It is darker. (What sequel isn’t?)

It will be the second book of…wait for it…a trilogy. In writing the first, I knew the story wasn’t completely finished. I deliberately opened story paths to take on later. In writing the second, and knowing a third will wrap it up, I not only need the outline for Book 2 but know where I am going with Book 3.

More info on Weariland:

Weariland

Weariland

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For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text. “HIDING PLACE.” The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival. More info →
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Weariland Blog Tour October 16-23, 2016

Weariland Blog Tour October 16-23, 2016

Just announced, there will be a virtual blog tour with Weariland and author Mary Shotwell. Join us to discover more about this novel and the author.

Scheduled:

10/16: Guest Blog Post on From Gutter to Gilt

10/17: A review by Meg Barrett

10/18: A guest blog on Making it Happen

10/19: A video review on Dapper Animals

10/20: Q & A on The Cosy Dragon

10/21: A review by From Gutter to Gilt

10/22: Author Spotlight on Hott Books

10/23: A video interview with the author on Merge

Visit these sites to learn more about this book and enter to win a free digital copy of Weariland.

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Blog Tour for What You Don’t Know Now

What better way to celebrate the end of February than with romance, mystery and adventure? These are all the elements of the novel, What You Don’t Know Now, by Marci Diehl.

What You Don't Know Now by Marci Diehl

During Wednesday, February 24 thru Monday, February 29th bloggers will be celebrating the novel and the author by posting interviews, book excerpts, and more. There will also be a giveaway for an autographed copy, an ebook giveaway, and a CD of “Love Songs of Italy”.

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