Rudy A. Mazzocchi 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.
You can visit his website at www.rudymazzocchi.com.
ABOUT EQUITY OF EVIL
A Venture Capital Fund makes a risky investment to start a challenging new business that appears capable of reaching profitabililty with modest capital requirements. The real challenge: optimizing one of the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the World — Abortion.
Founding Partner, Roman Citrano, a successful entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, soon struggles with what he believes is his choice to establish the controversial new company. He soon realizes that he and others are but pawns on a massive, ugly chessboard being manipulated to benefit a far larger, illicit market in human organs for transplantation. Unknowingly, prime, hyper-enriched organs are spawned from the aborted fetuses and grown like hydroponic vegetables.
An unfolding world of deceit, rape, human trafficking and assassination becomes deeply personal as Roman’s sole love interest secretly uses one of his new abortion services to terminate her untimely pregnancy. When she disappears, his frantic search becomes a hellish nightmare that grows worse by the hour.
Based on true events, this bold novel involves some of the world’s oldest, most emotional and controversial issues. At the core of each matter is man’s predisposition to control and take ownership of the human spirit for the sake of profit and person gain… such is the dark and brutal new world where life becomes the equity of evil.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Rudy. Can you tell us what your latest book, EQUITY of EVIL, is all about?
It’s a medical thriller based on true events and experiences… a rather bold story that involves some of the world’s oldest, most emotional and controversial issues; including abortion and human trafficking. But at the core of each matter is man’s predisposition to control and take ownership of the human spirit for the sake of profit or personal gain. This pursuit of “evil ownership” is what stimulated the title of the book.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
Roman Citrano is our protagonist, a serial entrepreneur in the medical device industry who becomes a Venture Capitalist with a reputation of taking on high-risk new ventures. Filled with good intentions, he’s deliberate and calculating, but perhaps moves too quickly to pursue a controversial opportunity that puts many innocent people in jeopardy and nearly costs him his life. Dr. Marcus Levine, our antagonist, is a conniving, greedy clinical scientist who is central to the plans of an evil foreign syndicate who is manipulating people and companies, like pawns on a chess board, in order to monopolize the billion dollar human organ transplant market. All of the supporting characters are either victims or puppets of this evil syndicate.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
The majority of my main and supporting characters are based on the essence of real people that I’ve encountered over the years, but do not truly represent any one particular person.
Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?
The basic plot and theme(s) of the story were well defined in my head before I started writing, but the actual “scenes” are produced as I write minute-by-minute.
Q: Your book is set in various international locations. Can you tell us why you chose these cities in particular?
My personal business experiences have taken me all over the world, but the initial cities of Pittsburgh and Minneapolis are where I lived and/or started my first companies. The transition to India was a result of one of my main supporting characters… a medical research from India who was actually very similar to my original mentor when I was an undergraduate student. She was incredibly bright and caring.
Q: Do the settings play a major part in the development of your story?
Yes, I believe so. I think the contrast between the conservative and safe environment of the Midwest (Minnesota) compared to the depressed locations in India that introduces the darkness of human trafficking and prostitution was key to revealing the yin and yang, pro vs. con, and good vs. evil sides of the story.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
Wow… you had to go there! Well, this was one of the more difficult scenes in the book to write, but it was designed to abruptly interrupt the notion that things were progressing as “business as usual”. This scene sets off the reader on a rollercoaster that doesn’t really end until the last scene in the book. It was not meant to focus on the atrocities against women, but the atrocities of our society. This is a brutal rape scene that occurs in a seedy part of East L.A. and the setting and timing within the story couldn’t be sugar-coated. These horrendous events occur all too often with real people within the dark side of our real world.
Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?
“Mr. Citrano, although our justice process has been well served, understand that your acquittal is merely procedural, not something you’ve earned. You and those like you should realize that this state and this great country of ours will never allow such capitalistic activities to prevail over the Godliness of conception, birth and the right to life. Your goal of turning a profit was an inhumane and downright reckless disregard for all humanity, no matter how you justify it. I’m not interested in hearing anything you might say for yourself. Members of the jury, you are now dismissed… case adjourned.”
Q: Have you suffered from writer’s block and what do you do to get back on track?
Not really, but my writing process is a collection of random starts and stops, so it might be a matter of semantics.
Q: What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?
Sounds boring, but “exercise”!
Q: Which already published book do you wish that you had written and why?
This is going to sound a bit strange, but it would be Soylent Green by Harry Harrison. It was written nearly 50 years ago, (originally poorly titled, Make Room! Make Room!). It describes a future world suffering from overpopulation, pollution, poverty, extreme hot temperatures due to something they called back then as the ‘greenhouse effect’, and depleted food resources (including fresh vegetables, meat and water). It presents a story in such a way that I hope I have done in Equity of Evil; revealing what we will potentially be dealing with in future decades and generations… forcing us to think about how we might prepare ourselves and our children to best accept and manage them. My second choice would be Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – for the same reasons.
Q: What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors regarding getting their books out there?
My approach to about everything is to “build a great team”. I could not imagine doing this without my editors, agent, publisher and publicists!
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Rudy. We wish you much success!
Thank you… it’s been an enlightening and enjoyable process!