Janet Greger is my guest today and her topic is something that will interest many of us. Janet, tell us about your new book
I always think it’s easier to write about others than about myself. As I write this blog on my new mystery/suspense novel Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight and its prequel Coming Flu, I feel like I’m talking about myself. I guess that shows how totally immersed I became into the characters and setting as I wrote these book.
What happens in Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight?
Someone in this southwestern medical school doesn’t like women. Two have been murdered already. 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
Why do I care?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that one-third of American adults are obese and one third are overweight. That means most Americans are interested in (or should be interested in) weight control and how diet advice is developed.
The “diet doctor” in Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight is investigating whether he can help obese subject lose more weight (and keep it off) if he alters their gut flora. Sounds strange to you? But it is an active area of research on weight control.
Will I like the characters?
I was a researcher and a research administrator at universities. In this novel, I tried to give readers a behind the scenes view of a medical schools – the excitement of scientific research and the infighting and pecking order among brilliant and not-so-bright faculty and staff. You like some characters immediately; you’ll learn to appreciate or to distrust others as you get to know them. Just like in real life.
Linda Almquist, who seldom even smiled, laughed.
Richard Varegos had done it again. He had arranged books and a computer on the front counter of the hospital pavilion for a photo shoot. In the resulting glossy, full-color flyer, he sat with at his make-believe teak desk in his supposedly marble-walled office. She read the flyer’s title: THE DIET DOCTOR HAS ANSWERS FOR YOUR WEIGHT PROBLEMS.
Was there no end to his ego?
Will I see any of the characters from Coming Flu?
Sara (the protagonist of Coming Flu) is back nagging and pushing her more introspective sister Linda (the heroine of Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight). Lovable Bug (Sara’s Japanese Chin dog) and Lalo (the kid who’s too smart for his own britches) also reappear.
For more information on my books, Bug, and me, please check out my website (www.jlgreger.com) and blog (www.jlgregerblog.blogspot.com) called JL Greger’s Bugs.
How does this novel help me lose weight?
Who knows, maybe you’ll lose weight when you read about the adventures of Linda Almquist in Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight. Linda did and you can too if you follow her secrets. Eat less and exercise more. Of course you won’t have the same incentives (I hope) that she did.
Thanks for stopping by.
Bio: J. L. Greger , as a biologist and professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enjoys putting tidbits of science into her novels. She and the real Bug live in the Southwest. Coming Flu (paperback and ebook formats) is available on Amazon
Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight should be available on Amazon or from Oak Tree Books (www.oaktreebooks.com/ShopOTP.html) by April 10.