The Cure


So without further ado, welcome Douglas!

MBA&M: Douglas, please  tell our readers a little about yourself?


DOUGLAS: I’m a former biotech executive who quit to pursue his dream of writing. My first science fiction/technothriller, WIRED, was independently published as an e-book, and went on to become a New York Times and USA Today bestseller (which was so far beyond surreal I can’t even begin to describe it). My new novel, THE CURE, is being published by Forge (a division of Macmillan) as a hardcover and e-book. I have a wife, two children (son 19 and daughter 17), and two dogs, and I live in San Diego, California.

MBA&M: What is your inspiration behind “The Cure”?


DOUGLAS: I was reading one of the numerous science publications I get, and I saw an article about studies that were showing differences in brain structure between psychopaths and normals, possibly accounting for their absolute selfishness, ruthlessness, and lack of conscience. I was intrigued. It seems like we’re in the middle of an epidemic of these monsters. And while most aren’t the Hannibal Lecter type, even the seemingly benign psychopaths among us inevitably leave a trail of shattered lives in their wakes.


I wondered, if psychopathy (pronounced psy-cop-athy) is related to brain structure, what if someone found a way to diagnose it remotely? Would society be justified in monitoring psychopaths? Even before they’ve committed any crimes? And even more intriguing, what if you could cure this condition? While answers to these questions may seem straightforward, the deeper you dig, the more unexpected complexities you find.


I did endless research, learning everything I could about the condition — and the more I read, the more fascinated I became. I then called a professor who did research on this. The guy goes into prisons and conducts MRI brain scans on murderers and rapists who are known to be psychopaths — and he goes into the room alone with them — and they are unrestrained. Are you kidding me! The guy was fascinating (and far braver than I would ever be). He says that because of prisoner/scientist confidentiality, they would often admit to other crimes they had committed while he was alone with them. After this conversation, I knew I had to write the book.

MBA&M: What was the most challenging part of writing “The Cure”?


DOUGLAS: For all of my books, the most challenging part is the plot. I require my plots to be fast paced, exciting, with lots of twists and turns — and with a lot on the line: in this case the future course of human history. I also like to include science-fictional elements in my thrillers — the sort of thing Michael Crichton used to do. I also insist on including plenty of food for thought, so readers have much to ponder after they’ve finished reading. I can’t tell you how many weeks I spend on each novel, pulling my hair out, not writing a single word, just trying to figure out the plots.

MBA&M: Inquiring minds what to know: What did you do to celebrate the release of “The Cure”?


DOUGLAS: What everyone should do! I waited a day and then came on MBA&M. I’m celebrating this very second J

MBA&M: If you had to pick one character in any book to spend time with, which story or book would you pick?


DOUGLAS: Kira Miller, hands down. She is a character from WIRED, and I find her to be the most interesting one ever. Since I created her, I know I’m a little biased, but I’ve heard this from a number of readers as well, so I’m not entirely delusional J   (just mostly delusional)


MBA&M: Who is your true life hero? Why?


DOUGLAS: I don’t want to seem like I’m copping out here, but I don’t really have a single one. I think anyone who is selfless and sacrifices for others is being heroic, especially those who put their lives on the line like firemen, police, and members of the military — but doctors, nurses, those who do social work, charity work, etc. are also very heroic in my view.


MBA&M: What is your favorite time of day, and what motivates you to write?


DOUGLAS: I like the mornings. I love writing, so I don’t need any motivation to write — when I have something to write about. That is my problem. Getting motivated to figure out the darn plots. For me, writing is an absolute pleasure. Figuring out the plot, on the other hand, is torture, especially because I don’t usually figure it all out until I’m far more than halfway through writing the novel. I live in constant terror that I’ll paint myself into a corner, or fail to come up with a cool twist,  and be left with hundreds of hours of wasted effort and no way to finish. So far, I’ve a always managed to pull it off, but there’s bound to be a first time . . .

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase “The Cure”?

DOUGLAS: THE CURE is available as hardcover at all major bookstores, and as an eBook at all major eBook retailers. I’ve pasted links to the book’s Amazon and B&N eBook pages below. The best way to interact with me and stay current is through Facebook. You can friend me at Douglas E. Richards Author. Sadly, my website is horrible. I really need to spend some major time and effort to get this up to speed, but I haven’t yet. And readers can always feel free to send an e-mail to me at


If any of you do end up reading the book, be sure to let me know what you think (unless you hate it, then feel free to keep this to yourself J )

Thank you for stopping by today! How thrilling to have you with us!




  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765374099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765374097

Psychopaths cause untold misery. If you found the cure for this condition, just how far would you go to use it?


Erin Palmer had a devastating encounter with a psychopath as a child. Now a grad student and scientist, she’s devoting her life to studying these monsters. When her research catches the attention of Hugh Raborn, a brilliant neuroscientist who claims to have isolated the genes responsible for psychopathic behavior, Erin realizes it may be possible to reverse the condition, restoring souls to psychopaths. But to do so, she’ll not only have to operate outside the law, but violate her most cherished ethical principles.


As Erin becomes further involved with Raborn, she begins to suspect that he harbors dark secrets. Is he working for the good of society? Or is he intent on bringing humanity to its knees?


Hunted by powerful, shadowy forces, Erin teams up with another mysterious man, Kyle Hansen, to uncover the truth. The pair find themselves pawns in a global conspiracy—one capable of destroying everything Erin holds dear and forever altering the course of human history . . .


American society in the early twenty-first century seems to be experiencing a growing epidemic of psychopathic monsters. Douglas E Richards’s The Cure explores this condition, and the surprisingly thorny ethical and moral dilemmas surrounding it, within an explosive, thought-provoking, roller-coaster-ride of a thriller that will have readers turning pages deep into the night.

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