My guest author today, J. L. Greger, is a fellow member of the Public Safety Writers Association and also a friend and author. She is a triple threat, being a scientist, research administrator and novelist. Her new book The Flu is Coming is being released at just the perfect time and her suggestion as to when it might be best to read it, is right on the money.
Snowbound vs. Quarantined
As a child on a farm in Illinois in the 1950s I thought being “snowed in” was a fun adventure. As an adult I think it’s worrisome. I bet many of us will find themselves snowbound this winter. We already have in some parts of New Mexico — which is unusual.
Let’s put being snowbound into perspective. The isolation for most of us lasts only a couple of days. Our main concerns are cancelled plans, snow removal, and nerves frayed by kids’ and spouses’ whines. If we’re honest, the snow is beautiful.
Now let’s consider the isolation of a quarantine. Under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, states can invoke legally enforceable quarantines to control epidemics and to respond to acts of bioterrorism. A legal quarantine would only be invoked in the U.S. when there are no effective treatments or preventative measures, e.g. vaccines, for a contagious disease. Basically, the rights of a few individuals are lost (They’re isolated.) to protect the larger population.
Pretty scary. Thus, I thought a quarantine was the perfect situation for my new novel — The Flu Is Coming.
In The Flu Is Coming, a new type of flu — the Philippine flu — kills nearly half of the residents in an upscale, gated community in less than a week. A quarantine is invoked. It makes those who survive virtual prisoners in their homes. The Centers for Disease Control recruit Sara Almquist, a resident of the community, to apply her skills as an epidemiologist to find ways to limit the spread of the epidemic. As she pries into her neighbors’ lives, she finds promising scientific clues but unfortunately, she also identifies the criminal past of several of her neighbors Violence erupts when they try to escape the quarantine.
Don’t you think The Flu Is Coming would be the perfect book to read when you’re snowbound or anytime?
The paperback version of The Flu Is Coming is available at: https://www.amazon.com/Flu-Coming-Science-Traveler/dp/0578423251. The Kindle version at:
Bio: J.L. Greger is a scientist and research administrator turned novelist. She likes to include tidbits of science in her award-winning thriller/mystery novels: Murder: A Way to Lose, Riddled with Clues, and others. To learn more, visit http://www.jlgreger.com