Blood Contest: A Story of Power, Sex, and Murder

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P. K. Abbot

Before writing full time, I had a profoundly interesting career. For twenty-five years I worked as a buyer in two different industries. In my profession I met hundreds of remarkable people and travelled to Europe and throughout the United States.

Perhaps the greatest insight that I took away from my career was the realization that business negotiations are more often driven by the personalities and egos of the individuals involved than by any objective business standards. Looking back now, I can see how understanding the drivers of human personality help me today in writing about my characters.

On February 21, 2011, I experienced a life-changing event. On that day I went into V-fib — ventricular fibrillation. I would have died that afternoon, but I had been treated for cardiac arrhythmia, and I was prepared. My implanted defibrillator discharged seven times within two minutes that afternoon. After the fourth intensive shock to my heart, I questioned if I would have the stamina to survive the ordeal, but survive I did. I spent the next thirteen days in cardiac intensive care in the hospital and the following four months in recovery at home.

After that experience, I decided that it was important for me to write, and I have been writing full time since then.

I grew up around Trenton, New Jersey. I attended high school and college in Philadelphia, where I studied writing, languages, and history. I also served for six years as a military policeman in the United States Army National Guard.

Today I am the proud father of two talented young women, and I live in a small town in southern New Jersey with my wife and dozens of imaginary characters.

                                                                                                                         — P. K. Abbot