This week I was invited to speak with the members of a book club who had just completed their reading of Inborn Error. It was an exhilarating experience, even if a bit humbling. They were from different professions and backgrounds. Some legal, some clerical and yes, even some with a medical background. They seemed to sincerely enjoy the book which of course, made me feel great.
It was initially somewhat surprising to me that many of their questions were medically related. However, in answering their questions I realized that this book, likely like many books, not only provides entertainment but also introspection and develops in us a compassion for maladies that we never even knew existed. There were, in fact, two members of the book club who related conditions in the book to their own families. This was something that I did not foresee in writing this novel and something that I will be mindful of in my future writings.
There were also a few comments on the structure of the novel that I was so appreciative of. Comments that my editors never mentioned. Some were enamored with the development of the medical plot developed primarily in the first half of the book while others with the further development of the thriller which occurred in the second half. This type of feedback is so important for an author. Especially a new author.
Please keep your comments coming in. I have started my next novel. Barry Gifford continues as the primary protagonist with the story told from his point of view. Let me know what other characters you would like to see included.
Bruce R. Gilbert