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The Book Nook / DonnaInk Publications terminates author Bill Powers' The Pharm House
Due to a recent restructuring on 14 March 2015, the former The Book Nook / DonnaInk Publications sole proprietorship terminated "The Pharm House" in addition to another twenty (20) plus titles.
By: The Book Nook / DonnaInk Publications
“Company restructure is down-sizing and closing our suspense shelf rather than the former broad-band of sixty (60) simultaneous debut / amateur authors. Our initial goal to achieve authors’ dreams has been met. At this time, focus is on marketability and reputation. Our current author selection involves qualities of excellence, which are required for success with merit-driven stories under our new performance model.
“Mr. Powers has remained professional during interactions and in his close-out w/ attorney assistance his terms and conditions and earnings statements as well as any/all outstanding performance criteria remain underscored. We wish he and ‘The Pharm House’ every continued success.”
The following is derived from Bill's first question and answer set and as a historical archive may be interesting to his readership:
1. How long have you been writing? I made my first attempt at writing a novel when I was in grad school. At that time, I was more into science fiction and made an attempt in that genre. Honestly, it didn’t turn out very well and I still have the half-finished manuscript to remind me of how much I’ve improved. I started writing more seriously about 10 years ago. It took me several years to finish The Pharm House.
2. What made you decide to write? I have had a love of books since childhood. Both my parents were teachers and instilled in me a curiosity and love of learning. I grew up in a very small farming town in NC. There wasn’t much to do, but my Dad was a principal of a small school and gave me free run of the school library; as long as I took care of the books and returned them. In those books, I was able to travel the world and live adventures beyond my imagination!
3. What is your day like as a writer – what do you do to get your creative flair stirring? A lot of my ideas for story lines, characters come to mind in the evenings. I keep a notebook with me all the time, so I can capture those ideas. I try to write in the mornings and then spend the afternoons working on social media and reading other authors in my genre. A great thing about being a writer is that now reading other thriller writers is work! How great is that. I love creating stories, but let’s be honest – writing is still work.
4. What is the name of your title? “The Pharm House” It’s a play on words. The story is set in a pharmaceutical company. You always hear “Write what you know”. My choices were to write about something I was already knowledgeable about, or go off and do the research in order to become knowledgeable. Working full time in the pharmaceutical industry, doing research on a new topic wasn’t viable given the time required. That was when I decided to set my story inside a fictional pharmaceutical company – Marshall Pharmaceutical.
5. Can you share the backstory of your novel? Even though The Pharm House is set in a pharmaceutical company, it is really a story about family. It’s about Nicholas Harding, a young scientist/executive at Marshall Pharmaceutical. Nicholas is a regular guy – a single Dad trying to raise a precocious 11-year-old daughter while clawing his way up that ever so slippery middle management ladder. But unknown to Nicholas, there are dark forces inside Marshall Pharmaceutical and he is about to be drawn into their plans and finds himself fighting for his career, his family and perhaps even his life. The Pharm House is a plot/character-
6. Where did you get the idea for The Pharm House? I love plot/character-
7. How do you develop your characters? I like multi-faceted characters that are neither all good nor all bad. I’ve read some stories in which the protagonist was so “good”, I needed an insulin injection to get through the story. Okay, I admit it, I like for my protagonist to have a bit of a dark side. Really, doesn’t everyone have just a tad of a dark side?
9. Why did you set your story in the pharmaceutical industry?I spent 26 years working in the pharma industry and got to know it very well. I traveled all over the US, Europe and Asia while working. The pharma industry is actually rather small and insular. The average person has little understanding of where new drugs come from and how they come to market. The industry does much good for society, but it is now altruistic – it exists to make a return on investments for their shareholders, just like any other business. I thought this industry would make a great setting for a thriller.
10. What kind of books do you read? First off, I love books. I really love books. Sometimes I’ll purchase a book and just carry it around for several days and just look at it and admire it before I read it. I enjoy both fiction (V. Flynn, R. Pearson, S. White, J. Patterson, H. Coben, D. Baldacci, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Lee Child, C. R. Zafon) and biographies (Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, T. Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, etc.). I read both e-books and paper, but there’s nothing like the feel and smell of a book…
All prior websites, etc. through the sole proprietorship are being closed – you can perform a search for Mr. Powers on Google or Bing. Good luck Bill, sorry to have closed the suspense shelf.
Ms. Donna Quesinberry