Friday, 7 November 2014

Antisense by R.P. Marshall 
Release Date: 1st November 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genres: Fiction, Thriller

 “A compelling, original and persuasive debut.” – Harry Bingham. Author of the Money Makers.

I trained in medicine at London hospitals, specialising in respiratory and critical care medicine. Motivated to find new treatments I moved into research and obtained a PhD in medical sciences at University College London. My scientific writing has been published widely in scientific journals.

I moved to drug discovery due to my on going aspiration to find new medicines. I now lead a research team trying to find new drugs for severe lung, liver and kidney disease.

Writing was already a strong part of my working life. Originally my skills were honed for writing medical texts and journal papers. Antisense is my first novel. It combines literary themes with the pace of a thriller. In writing it I was able to draw upon my experience as a Doctor of Science and Medicine.

It has always surprised me that so little literature had a medical or scientific basis. As a Doctor, one sees all aspects of the human condition, and from a unique perspective. Additionally the overall goal of medical science is to understand how we tick, so together they provide an incredibly rich seam for fiction. There are so many good starting points for novels it’s difficult to know where to begin!

Antisense isn’t the first novel I’ve written, but it’s the first anyone is going to read! Let’s just say there is always a learning curve, and I have spent the past few years trying to perfect my skills as a writer (hopefully to a high standard) whilst pursuing a career in medical research, which I’m equally as passionate about.

I started writing for two reasons. Firstly, I really felt my experience as a doctor and scientist was a fantastic source of literary ideas beyond the more typical medical thriller, which usually involves a murder and a lot of forensic sleuthing.

Second was the scientific theory that forms the basis for Antisense. Everyone is supposed to have a novel in them, and I knew this was mine.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the hard work required to find the style and quality of prose I wanted to achieve, though I’ll let others be the judge of how successful I’ve been. I also didn’t anticipate how ‘organic’ writing could be. Some people start a book knowing every detail of what’s going to happen, but that wasn’t the case with Antisense. I started in one place and then the characters and story begin to lead me. It’s something you have to let happen, yet remain in control of, which can be exhausting.

About R.P. Marshall

R.P. Marshall is a writer of of novels that combine elements of literary fiction with psychological suspense. Drawing upon his years of experience as a doctor of science and medicine, he weaves scientific fact into compelling fiction, exploring literary themes, yet with the crisp prose and pace of the best thrillers.

Writing for Richard has always been a strong part of both his working and private life, with his skills originally honed writing medical texts and journal papers.

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