Interview with K. Patrick Donoghue, Author of The GODD Chip
08 Sep 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, The GODD Chip?
The GODD Chip is a futuristic tale about a world in which genetic engineering of humans has gone awry to the point where DNA alterations are banned. But the horse is already out of the barn, as some would say. Faulty “designer” genes have resulted in widespread mutations and there appears to be no way to stop them from perpetuating unless someone is willing to defy the prohibition on genetic alterations. Enter my main protagonist, Dr. Takoda Wells, a geneticist who has seen enough of the havoc wreaked by the mutations and sets out to resurrect an experimental device outlawed twenty-five years prior, the GODD chip. But he is opposed by factions who will stop at nothing to preserve the 22nd century world order, making Takoda’s quest a harrowing adventure.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
I’m currently re-reading a WWII non-fiction book about the Battle of the Bulge titled A Time for Trumpets, by Charles B. MacDonald.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Engage and interact more with others and don’t sweat the small stuff.
If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?
In the current environment, any outdoor activity without a mask.
What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?
Family. My sons are on their way out of the nest and I’m savoring the time with them before they embark on their own paths.
What scene in The GODD Chip was your favorite to write?
The scenes between a bounty hunter named Caelan Horn and an android named Ellie. Caelan was a fun character to write and I had a blast writing every scene in which he appeared.
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