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.
Thank you for this interview, Rudy. Can you tell us what your book is about?
Rudy:EQUITY of EVIL is a medical thriller based on true events. It’s a politically compelling and reality-cutting story that reveals how powerful investment syndicates can manipulate and control people and human life for the sake of profit. In this case, the end-game is to monopolize the illicit black market for human organs by pirating freshly preserved fetal organs from a novel new abortion procedure.
When did you come up with the idea to write it and how long did it take?
Rudy:The story comes from a collection of true experiences, business concepts that I’ve reviewed, people I’ve met, and places and positions I’ve been in. It all seemed to come together only after years of exposure… it built itself! Once I started to write, it rolled freely from my thoughts, with intermittent interruptions for additional research and “fact checking”. It took about a year to write, then another year to edit and re-write (including a new ending).
Did any parts of it cause you to go into writer's block meltdown or was it pretty smooth sailing?
Rudy: No real meltdowns, nor was it smooth sailing. I enjoy writing scenes the most and find it the easiest to do. The challenge is most often in determining how to structure these scenes for the best impact in the story.
Can you tell us about your main character?
Rudy:Roman is one of those rare individuals who we may all know… successful, charismatic, willing to take risks that only others talk about, but one that has alsoexperienced as many failures as successes. Divorced many times, but always dating the woman who seems unapproachable, he gives the impression of a womanizer, but shows his embarrassment of being a man when he realizes that his new business venture has placed many of them in harm’s way. As many of us often do, he starts out with the best intentions, only to become a victim of his own ambition and self-determination. He’s human… very human.
What kind of flaws does your character have that makes him more interesting?
Rudy: Roman is an entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist, therefore he’s forced to think differently about how best to start and fund these new technology companies. Historically, he created new companies because of his admiration for the innovation or discovery that would potentially help improve the “quality of life” of people all over the world. As a venture capitalist, he’s now required to think ultimately about the financial return on an investment (first) and to consider the risks of losing an investment before the actual risks of the technology. He loses himself in a competitive world where he really doesn’t belong, but he eventually finds his way and becomes true to his original passions and interests. I believe this is what makes him most interesting.
If your main character were to jump out of the book and thank you for something, what would that be?
Rudy: To thank me for showing that he’s really not a cold-hearted, self-serving bastard!
Rudy, you have traveled the world over. What particular place did you love the most and which did you really not care for?
Rudy: The best “place” (regardless of location) is at home with my family and dogs! My most favorite “location” is probably the Italian Riviera. I’ve always had the most relaxing and wonderful times there. There’s really not a place that I don’t like, but there are several cities that I prefer not spending too much time in, such as Bogotá, Columbia and Juárez, Mexico.
Equity of Evil is a medical thriller based on facts. Can you tell us more about these facts and how you heard about them?
Rudy: I have highlighted many of these events and related facts at the end of the book in my “Author’s Notes”. Many of the business and technology-related events are based on what I’ve been personally exposed to over the past 25+ years. I then build the story around these events and support them with as many additional facts that I can identify (for the sake of the individual scenes). The Prologue could have come directly from my daily journal – if I would have kept one back then!
If you could give one piece of advice to authors wanting to write a novel based on fact, what would that be?
Rudy: Try to make sure your readers have an appreciation for which scenes were actual events and which ones of those might be based on true events and then embellished for the benefit of the story.
What's next for you, Rudy?
Rudy: Well, I’m not giving up on my day job, and will continue to function as a “start-up” CEO in the med-tech industry. As for my writing, I am currently working on a second novel which I hope to release by the end of the year, and possibly a third in this trilogy which I’m hoping will be referred to as “The EQUITY Series”.
Thank you again for this interview, Rudy. Do you have any final words?
Rudy: I just hope that everyone enjoys EQUITY of EVIL and that it helps open up the way we view and think about new medical technologies that are coming in the very near future… for better or worse! (www.rudymazzocchi.com)