TRISPERO – Sean Adelman Takes Us Inside His Thriller Novel


Our intellect directs us. Our humanity defines us.

What if the key to unlocking our genetic code and our future lay within some of our most disenfranchised individuals? Would we still shun them?

Seattle in the year 2330: centuries of conflict have led to this precipice. If the world is to move forward, Olivay has the difficult task of teaching Alucia her history. Olivay knows that without understanding where she came from Alucia will never be able to help humanity explore the universe.

In present day Seattle, Jason Roy is a scientist whose life revolves around his daughter, Lily. Within her genome lies a secret that Jason has dedicated himself to uncovering. The mundane life of a scientist and his family takes a turn when a multinational corporation decides Jason Roy’s research is a danger to them.

Jason and Lily are now running away from an unforeseen enemy and toward a discovery that will change mankind. Altering the world may come too late for Jason to save what matters most in his own world.

The great irony of unlocking our genetic potential was finding that our greatness was found in our love for one another.

-Trispero almanac

Published: April 2015

Amazon / Amazon UK


About the Book Interview with Sean Adelman

What was the inspiration behind this story?

My inspiration for the story was a conversation with one of my neighbors who happens to be on the board of a local cancer research center. We discussed new research using our own bodies’ immune system to fight cancer. After that discussion I thought of my own daughter who happens to have Down Syndrome and how her genetics could solve several of our greatest medical mysteries. I wanted to create something exciting, but with a thought provoking message.

Tell us about your main character.

Jason is a scientist and a dad who would move heaven and earth to help his daughter. His love for his daughter and loss push him on a path that strangles his own well-being. Jason has to learn that science doesn’t have all the answers and that to live sometimes you have to love.

Which is your favorite minor character and why?

Debbie is my favorite. She has an intellect and tenacity that is amazing. She goes through some terrible things, and even loses herself, but in the end she pulls through. Debbie is able to take this very dark place that she goes to emotionally and turn it into something positive.

What is your favorite personality trait of your main character?

He is very stubborn. Giving up is not something in his genetic makeup.

What is your favorite personality trait of your bad guy/girl?

I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite, but being a high functioning sociopath makes for an interesting character.

Your character is at a bookstore. Which section is he/she shopping in? What book is in his/her hand right now?

If my character was in a bookstore he would be there for quite a while. He would probably start in science fiction and then wander through indie and the staff favorites (assuming this was his favorite local book store), and likely end up paging through some graphic novels as well. He would have at least three books he was deciding on and hoping to find a staff person to tell him which ones they liked and why. If it were earlier this year he would be carrying around The Martian and possibly Ancillary Justice, and maybe The Library at Mount Char.

Your character has the music blasting. What’s playing, and what is he/she doing while listening?

He would be listening to some 70’s and 80’s funk while dancing in the living room with his daughter.

I’m inviting your main character to dinner. What should I make?

Barbecue sounds great just let me know when I can come over and bring the beverages.

Your main character is planning a vacation. Where is he/she going?

My character would love to go to New Zealand and follow The Lord of the Rings pathway.

Were you surprised by the behavior of any of your characters or the direction of your plot at any point while writing?

My biggest surprise was Debbie I tried to dig her a deep hole, but she found a way out and became a bigger part of the story because of it.

Please share a few favorite lines or one paragraph.

“Papa, what is a gift?”

“I’m sorry, Alucia, gift is a word peculiar to the old language. It means you give with no expectation of receiving anything in return.”

“Oh, we do that all the time.”

“Yes, my dear, it has fallen out of our language because it is just part of who we are. We don’t need a word for it.”

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took me 6 months to write out the first draft then a year to edit it. I can’t even remember how many drafts there were.

How did you come up with the title?

The title was fun Trispero, Tri means three as in trisomy 21 which is the medical word for Down syndrome and also has references to the triad and even the holy trinity. Spero is the Greek goddess of hope.

Tell us about your cover art and how it pertains to your story.

The cover was done by a young artist in New York name Benlin Alexander. I wanted to capture the intensity of Jason’s plight, but pull the reader in with his attachment to his daughter, Lily. Benlin is amazing he didn’t just draw it, he really captured the emotion.

Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one?

My book is a fun read with a message. In the sea of dystopia, I wanted to write something of hope and utopia. There will be pain and tragedy, but in the end I want there to be hope.

Is there an underlying theme in your book? If so, tell us about it and why/if it’s important to you.

The message is that we cannot over look anyone. Within our most disenfranchised lies a gift, hope for the future, if we nurture it and accept we will all be the better for it. The road will not be easy, but it is a road worth traveling.


About the Author:

Sean AdelmanSean Adelman is a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Seattle. When he isn’t working hard to put people back together he enjoys writing, running, and attempting to play his electric guitar without frightening his two dogs, Chestnut and Orion.

Sean has three children Brenna, Devon, and Ian with his wife of 25 years Susan. Advocating for people with developmental disabilities is his life’s passion and his inspiration for the children book series, “Sam’s Top Secret Journal”, and now “Trispero”.



Thanks for reading. 🙂