Zondervan’s The Pandora Files is an action-packed suspense series written in technical partnership with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD) of Chicago, IL. In that new series I seek to capture the dilemmas of bioethics through page-turning bio-thrillers whose plot lines are inspired by issues such as human-animal gene mixes, race-based medicine, neural enhancement, black-market body parts, end-of-life issues, abortion, genetic manipulation, immortality research, and selective health care.
In Nobody’s Child, the inaugural novel for The Pandora Files series, I explore the thorny landscape of designer babies and body parts sales with a story of sacrifice and redemption. Laura Ann McGehee is a nurturer—and her father is dying from cancer. A destitute West Virginia farm girl determined to save her daddy and their property, she turns in desperation to the best income source at her disposal . . . she sells her ova. Actions have consequences in this timely look at the collision of science, life—and finances. The eggs you sell today may be the children of tomorrow’s faceless women . . . or the embryos of a doctor’s medical research. How many children do you have? Will your donation have unintended consequences to your own fertility? Only time will tell.
Austin Boyd is the award-winning author of the thrilling space suspense trio, The Evidence, The Proof and The Return. An inventor, business entrepreneur, spacecraft engineer, and Navy pilot, he weaves real science with true-to-life characters in descriptive page-turning suspense. Austin and his wife, Cindy are the parents of four adult children and live in Huntsville, Alabama where he manages an engineering and design company, and serves the community through Crisis Pregnancy ministries.