Rudy A. Mazzochi is best known as a medical device and biotechnology entrepreneur, inventor, and angel investor, with a history of starting new technology ventures throughout the U.S. and Europe. He’s been privileged to have the opportunity to see the newest innovations in healthcare and work with some of the most brilliant researchers, scientists and physicians in the industry.
Authoring more than 50 patents, he has helped pioneer new companies involved in cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and even embryonic stem-cell development. Through these efforts, he has become the recipient of many technology and business awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Healthcare and the Businessman of the Year Award.
Combining these experiences and opportunities, with thousands of hours of travel and long evenings in hotel rooms, he found the initiative to start writing a collection of medical thrillers based on true events, the first of which is entitled Equity of Evil.
Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
Equity of Evil is a politically compelling, suspenseful and reality-cutting medical thriller that will challenge the reader’s personal views on capitalism, ethics, and the basic morality of his fellow man. This globe-trotting thriller will drag you through a dark and brutal new world that many people would deny even exists. Based on true events, the Prologue is actually a snap-shot of my work experience in a human genetics lab during my college years as a pre-med student. We were forbidden from discussing what happened there behind those closed doors and it took nearly 30 years for me to eventually “tell the story”.
This novel openly describes the concept of preserving the miraculous elements of conception that are unwanted (then normally discarded) and cultivating them into multiple organs that provide hope and even an extension of life to hundreds of thousands of other people. The book’s characters all struggle with their involvement, either having been manipulated or openly recruited to support these activities, forcing each of them to make decisions that were never really within their control.
However, Equity of Evil also touches on the reality of capitalism, entrepreneurism, human greed, human trafficking, assassination, the black market for human organs, and yes… even about the love between a man and woman.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
The original title was Harvest of the Unborn. After a second professional edit, I was finally able to secure the support of a Literary Agent (The Trident Media Group in New York City). There was some concern over the title of the book with the large publishing houses, and it wasn’t until we attracted the interest of a smaller publishing company (Twilight Times Books) that we made a collective decision to change the title with the hope that it might increase the scope of our audience. Harvesting seemed to place too much of an emphasis on the abortion and fetal stem cell themes in the story. These are only elements of the story and not the entire story.
Equity of Evil better represents the essence of ownership that evil people often use in the manipulation of others for personal gain. This stronger title, which was the suggestion of my wife over a few margaritas, is intended to reflect the challenges that readers will encounter in the story; ones that will force them to question their views on many personal issues and beliefs.
As for the cover design… we had to practice some diplomacy with my agent, publisher, two publicists, and my wife all weighing in on various concepts. The process was led by my literary agent who had the most experience (and strongest track record of success), but they all deferred to my final decision at the end of the day.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?
The following is probably my favorite excerpt regarding my main character:
“It was all he could take, perhaps partially out of pure exhaustion, but the growing nightmare had now touched the one person he’d come to love the most. He fell to his knees, momentarily unable to respond, realizing at long last the mental turmoil women had to go through to make such a decision. He felt it now, in her words; heard it in her voice. All those women who’d been treated—no longer numbers in a business plan, no longer a statistic or data point in the revenue model. Their plight was now personal for the first time. He was embarrassed to be a man. He was embarrassed to say anything… he didn’t know what to say.”
What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?
What is a typical writing day like for you?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a typical writing day given the demands of my day-job. It’s a bit sporadic… writing when I can, mostly on flights, in hotel rooms, late nights, early mornings.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
Actually, I’ve taken up writing to relax. I started my first manuscript on a cruise during a lengthy vacation.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
I know I’m biased on this one, but I think writers of medical thrillers are a bit overlooked.
They are fictional writers that need to maintain the elements of every other novel, but also include medical and scientific details meant to inform and educate the reader. Medical issues (physical or mental) can impact every reader unlike themes of other novels that only a select few might relate to.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
Dr. Robin Cook. He not only inspired me to write these medical thrillers, but he’s also a trained Ophthalmologist that could relate to the implantable autofocusing lens that we are currently developing. Dr. Cook has also done a tremendous job in pioneering this genre and is a master at promoting and marketing himself and his novels.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
I’m working on a second manuscript of a trilogy that follows a similar theme, which we intend to promote as The EQUITY Series. This story will focus on a technology (which currently exists) that can allow us to re-wire the brain… a process known as “neuroplasticity.” Can you imagine a world in which we can eliminate fear, restore memories, create artificial desires and dislikes, or even eliminate pain?
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
My first career objective (since the age of 12) was to become a veterinarian.
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