Book: Counterfeit Cure by M. Roman Slavincategories: Book, Fiction, Thriller, Counterfeit Drugs, Pharmacy Thriller, FDA Investigations, Medical Thriller
M. Roman Slavinabout this book: Think all the pills in your prescription bottle are real?
FDA inspector Kat Vasquez spends every day trying to make sure they are, and every day criminal distributors like Colton Barnes use any means necessary to infiltrate the legitimate marketplace with counterfeit drugs, reaping profits that Big Pharma could only imagine.
After working in businesses that supply the pharmacy marketplace, I was acutely aware of the very real problem of counterfeit drugs. I spent about six months researching the scope of the problem, amid the cascade of news headlines of Heparin recalls, pharmacy delivery truck hijackings, warehouse break-ins and tainted shipments from foreign suppliers.
Considering that almost all Americans have taken a prescription medication at some point in their lives, Counterfeit Cure is a story that touches everyone. We're all familiar and accept counterfeit goods like handbags or watches, but how trivial those are compared the harm done to patients taking counterfeit medications.
While the actual writing of Counterfeit Cure only took a few weeks, the process of polishing the book took much longer. Before I sit down to write, I do my research, write my notes, write all of my character profiles, loosely plot my story and organize the broader story into chapters. The process of rewriting, editing, reshaping and rewriting takes months more, after which I work with an editor to polish again.
I've always been fascinated with The Pivotal Moment. You know, that moment when we choose one direction or another – good or bad, moral or immoral – that moment when we determine our set of rules and I think about that moment for every character I create.
I have such fond memories of getting lost inside of books and being taught life lessons from the struggles of characters in their world. I have worked hard to create that experience for my readers.
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