Interview with John Reizer, Author of Frequency
04 Feb 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Frequency?
My latest novella, Frequency is a science fiction story that takes place in the year 2025 in North Carolina.
The story is centered on a fictional radio telescope that records an alien message from a distant galaxy. Shortly after the discovery is announced to the public through a national press conference and uploaded on the observatory’s website, people become affected by a mysterious illness that sweeps through the United States. The disease creates brain tumors in those infected and drastically alters their personalities.
As the story progresses, two neurosurgeons investigating the epidemic come to the amazing realization that the disease is somehow connected to the alien radio message and the observatory.
I believe readers will enjoy Frequency because of how the novella blends fiction with real science. It was a lot of fun to write the book and I am hopeful science fiction fans will find it entertaining.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I have always enjoyed writing since I was a young boy. At age twelve, I was on a baseball team that captured a world championship at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The experience inspired me to write a book about the team and our accomplishments. It was published in my freshman year of high school and I have been in love with writing ever since.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. Fahrenheit 451
4. The Giver
5. The Hunger Games
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Do you write from the seat of your pants or do you take the time to meticulously outline the various stories the same way?
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is that it allows me an opportunity to get away from the stresses of everyday life. I am able to relax and enjoy the process of being creative when I am working on a story. I have noticed that when I am not writing, I become moody and more anxious than normal.
What is a typical day like for you?
I am a practicing chiropractic physician. I work three days a week in my private practice. On the days I am not seeing patients, I spend my time writing and walking. It’s not uncommon for me to write for six or seven hours a day. I can be sitting at the word processor for hours and it often feels as if only a few minutes have passed.
What scene in Frequency was your favorite to write?
There’s a scene in the story where one of the characters infected with the mystery illness jumps from the third floor of the hospital and runs into the woods after landing unharmed on the parking lot. That was a pretty interesting chapter to write about and it was an important part of the book because of it describing for the reader the personality and physiological changes the disease created in a person.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
My philosophy in life is to enjoy what you’re doing and try to do what you enjoy.
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