James Rollins knows a thing or two about longevity.
Rollins, a New York Times best-selling author, is on a 17-city book tour in the middle of a Midwest heat wave to promote his latest novel, “Blood Line.” Although the book tackles the mystery of immortality, what Rollins needs these days is more short-term.
“More sleep, I don't know about more life,” Rollins said.
“On average, I'm running on about four hours a night,” he said.
Rollins might not enjoy the arduous schedule of book tours — with a full slate of radio, television and newspaper interviews in between catching flights to his next destination. Over time, he's become used to it.
He's sold millions of copies and had plenty of promotional tours of his Sigma Force series of novels.
Rollins' career took off when he decided to write thrillers that unravel scientific and historical mysteries with thrilling plot lines after a career as a veterinarian in the 1990s.
“Don't call me a former vet, that's a point of contention with me,” Rollins said.
When Rollins isn't on a book tour, he spends time with his family in Northern California.
On Wednesday, he stopped by for an interview at The Oklahoman hours before a book signing at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City to discuss “Blood Line.”
Q: For people not familiar with your work, tell us a little about “Blood Line.”
A: This adventure deals with the kidnapping of the president's daughter. She is kidnapped from a yacht in the Indian Ocean. A covert military team led by the sharp nose of a military war dog hunts for her through the jungles of Africa to find out where she was taken. They find out that the target of the abduction is not the daughter, it's her unborn child. The child she is carrying may or may not hold the genetic key to immorality.
Q: What makes you want to write about immortality and scientific-based adventures?
A: I'm always looking for two things when I write a novel. I'm looking for a piece of history that ends in a question mark and I'm looking for that piece of science that makes me go, “gee whiz” or “what if” and mash them together. In this case, this story came about because I was in a grocery store aisle. There's a line of magazines. There's Entertainment Weekly, and next to it is Time magazine. The cover article for that week was, “2045. The Year Man Becomes Immortal.” ... There are some amazing breakthroughs that are just on the horizon, just cresting right now. Some of its amazing; some of the things going on in labs are on the shadowy side. This book sort of explores both sides of that spectrum.
Q: Are there any other projects you are working on?
A: I've got a book coming out this January; it's already complete, called “The Blood Gospel.” And I've got another book coming out. The book I'm currently finishing right now will be the Sigma novel out for next summer.