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

Author J. L. Greger

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: 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


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL", and the first of three novellas in her The Drifter Series called JAKE - Whiskey, Water & Wildfire. Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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2 Responses to SNOWBOUND vs. QUARANTINED – Author J. L. Greger

  1. janet greger says:

    Jackie, thank you for hosting me today. We didn’t get any snow in Albuquerque this weekend but I bet most readers of this blog got more snow. A perfect time to read a scary thriller about a flu quarantine.

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    • jtzortman says:

      It was my pleasure, Janet. We did have snow and it was the perfect day to read. We have more snow coming in tomorrow, as well. There seems to be lots of places that will present the perfect time to read your new book.


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