Hi everyone! I have always been an avid reader of the fantasy genre, even as I grew up and joined the real world with a doctorate in biomedical engineering. If anything, the engineering degree made me think about how some of my favorite fantasy novels of all time could actually happen without rewriting the laws of physics in our own world. Would the hive from Ender’s Game ever actually become reality? With the advent of cloud computing, we’re one step closer to the hive…or skynet if you are a pessimist, but I trust google. Really, I do.
My wandering thoughts have actually served me well in my engineering career as I’ve learned new processes for innovation that help to transform ideas into practice and products. I’ve had a fair amount of success coming up with new ideas that turn into patents and are ultimately developed into new medical devices. It’s a very rewarding field to work in, and yet I still found myself staying up late at night and writing as a creative outlet.
One of the things that struck me as I put words to laptop in the late hours of the night were the similarities between creative writing and innovation. You’ll find me touch on this topic a lot in my blog posts. I think my work as an engineer has made me into a writer with a unique perspective on the fantasy genre and I actually think writing makes me into a better inventor. It constantly pushes me to think of things in ways from different angles and to challenge things I thought I knew as either an engineer or a writer. I hope it pushes you to think of the world around you differently as you read my books as well.
My goal as an author is to write the type of books that I like to read. I don’t believe the good guys need to wear a cape and that the bad guys are inherently bad or will always choose the side of evil. I believe some good can come out of the most surprising of circumstances and that a group of people with an inherently good goal can ultimately be led astray through a series of seemingly correct choices. I think people are all try to do the right thing, but for their own purposes or based on their own perspective, especially when people are faced with morally grey situations. I love to create these complex situations in my books and to try to surprise you with the outcome.
I also hate it when fantasy authors jump from one character to the next on any given chapter (with the exception of Brandon Sanderson-that guy can write anything and get away with it) because I think it takes away from the depth in which the reader can get to know a character and creates a more halting experience for the reader. You’ll see in my books that I’ve tried something a bit different. Each book in this series is sequentially told, but the main character shifts from book to book. My hope is that by the fourth book, you will know these characters like an old friend while still getting to know the Blood Mage. By the time I’m done, I hope you feel conflicted, surprised and utterly satisfied that the outcome was there to see the whole time, if you only knew to look. Let me know how I do!
Nothing makes my day more than hearing what a reader liked about my books. Even if you didn’t like something, let me know that too – I might do better the next time. Thanks for reading my fractal-forsaken books!
- Gloss M, Hill A, Quill J, Ryan T, Redmond J. 2013. Annuloplasty Device for Tricuspid Valve Repair US patent number 8,535,374 filed on 1/25/2008 and issued on 9/17/2013.
- Clague C, Quill J, Rothstein P. 2014. Transcatheter Valve with Torsion Spring Fixation and Related Systems and Methods. US patent number 8,652,204 filed on 7/30/2010 and issued on 2/18/2014.
- Quill J, Rothstein P. 2015. Methods and Devices for Cardiac Valve Repair or Replacement. US patent number 8,974,475 filed on 4/30/2010 and issued on 3/10/2015.
- Quill J, Rothstein P. 2015. Method of Treating Paravalvular Leakage After Prosthethic Valve Implantation. US patent number 8,986,371 filed on 1/8/2013 and issued on 3/24/2015.
- Glozman D, Kovalsky I, Quill J. 2015. Transcatheter Valve Prosthesis Having a Variable Shaped Cross-Section for Preventing Paravalvular Leakage. US patent number 9,072,602 filed on 11/14/2012 and issued on 7/7/2015.
- Gloss M, Hill A, Quill J, Ryan T, Redmond J. 2015. Annuloplasty Device for Tricuspid Valve Repair. CA patent number 2,676,541 filed on 1/25/2008 and issued on 8/11/2015.
US Patent Applications
- Hill A, Kuehn S, Quill J, Ryan T, Redmond J, Galloway A, Grossi E, Vanermen H, Lange R. 2010. Annuloplasty Device for Tricuspid Valve Repair. US patent application number 12/847,655 filed on 7/30/2010.
- Tang G, Jelich D, Menk A, Quill J. 2012. Method and Device for Percutaneous Valve Annuloplasty. US patent application number 13/494,301 filed on 6/12/2012.
- Johnson B, Quill J, Rothstein P, Secord T. 2012. Transcatheter Valve Prosthesis Delivery System with Recapturing Feature and Method. US patent application number 13/668,085 filed on 11/2/2012.
- Bourgoin J, Barka N, Kovalsky I, Quill J, Rothstein P. 2012. Alignment of Imaging Modalities. US patent application number 13/668,952 filed on 11/5/2012.
- Glozman D, Kovalsky I, Quill J, Tuval Y, Yellin N, Hariton I. 2013. Valve Prosthesis and Method for Delivery. US patent application number 13/736,460 filed on 1/8/2013.
- Clague C, Christiansen D, Quill J, Rothstein P, Schotzko E, Sandstrom J, Racchini J. 2013. Embolic Protection Device. US patent application number 13/777,131 filed on 2/26/2013.
- Clague C, Quill J, Rothstein P. 2014. Transcatheter Valve with Torsion Spring Fixation and Related Systems and Methods. US patent application number 14/156,076 filed on 1/15/2014.
- Bergin C, Lally M, Dwork J, Garde K, Glozman D, Kovalsky I, Lo P, Quill J, Savage P, Schotzko E, Schendel M, Sandstrom J, Tuval Y, Yellin N, Hariton I. 2014. Heart Valve Prosthesis. US patent application number 14/175,100 filed on 2/7/2014.
- Lally M, Duffy N, Gokaldas S, Harewood F, Janzig D, Kovalsky I, Menk A, Quill J, Warnock K, Haarstad P, Gelfman D. 2014. DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CRIMPING A MEDICAL DEVICE. US patent application number 14/272,717 filed on 5/8/2014.
- Clague C, Green M, Hill A, Menk A, Quill J, Rothstein P, Bortlein G. 2014. Helical Coil Mitral Valve Annuloplasty Systems and Methods. US patent application number 14/328,050 filed on 7/10/2014.
- Lally M, Costello D, Corish K, Dwork J, Duffy N, Griffin P, Gallagher J, Kenny G, Quill J, Rothstein P, Rabarimanantsoa Jamous H, Sheahan E, Sandstrom J, White F, McGowan Smyth D, Anderson M, Milroy J. 2014. Systems, Devices and Methods for Transcatheter Valve Delivery. US patent application number 14/519,242 filed on 10/21/2014.
- Kovalsky I, Quill J. 2014. Heart Valve Prosthesis. US patent application number 14/519,793 filed on 10/21/2014.
- Keogh J, Addy D, Benz M, Corish K, Duffy N, Gallagher J, Gloss M, Quill J, Ryan T, Sheahan E, Knutson R, Murphy C, Anderson M. 2014. TCV Delivery – Delivery System with Feedback. US patent application number 62/093,553 filed on 12/18/2014.
Published Book Chapters
- Loushin MK, Quill JL, and Iaizzo PA. Mechanical Aspects of Cardiac Performance. In: Iaizzo, PA, editor. Textbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Devices, 2nd edition. Humana Press. 2009. p271-296.
- Quill, Jason L, Michael D Eggen, and Eric S Richardson. “Use of Large Animal Models for Cardiac Electrophysiology Studies.” In Cardiac Electrophysiology Methods and Models, 281-304: Springer, 2010
- Ahlberg, Sarah E, Michael G Bateman, Michael D Eggen, Jason L Quill, Eric S Richardson, and Paul A Iaizzo. “Animal Models for Cardiac Valve Research.” Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, (2013).
- Bateman, G, Jason L Quill, Alexander J Hill, and A Iaizzo. “The Anatomy and Function of the Atrioventricular Valves.” Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, (2013): 3-25.
- Bateman, Michael G, Alexander J Hill, Jason L Quill, Michael D Eggen, Christopher D Rolfes, and Paul A Iaizzo. “The Use of Isolated Heart Models and Anatomic Specimens as Means to Enhance the Design and Testing of Cardiac Valve Therapies.” Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, (2013).
- Bateman, Michael G, Jason L Quill, Alexander J Hill, and Paul A Iaizzo. “2. The Anatomy and Function of the Semilunar Valves.” Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, (2013).
- Bateman, G., Quill, J. L., Hill, A. J., & Iaizzo, A. The Anatomy and Function of the Atrioventricular Valves. Heart Valves: From Design to Clinical Implantation, 3-25. (2013).
- Quill, Jason L, Ana R Menk, and Gilbert HL Tang. “Transcatheter Mitral Repair and Replacement.” In Heart Valves, 187-209: Springer, 2013.
Published Original Research
- Quill JL, Laske TG, Hill AJ, Bonhoeffer P, Iaizzo PA. Images in cardiovascular medicine. Direct visualization of a transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation within the visible heart: a glimpse into the future. Circulation 2007 Nov 27;116(22):e548.
- Anderson SA, Quill JL, Iaizzo PA. Venous Valves within left coronary veins. JICE 2008 Nov;23:2:95-99.
- Quill JL, Hill AJ, Laske TG, Alfieri O, Iaizzo PA. Mitral Leaflet Anatomy Revisited. JTCVS 2009;137:1077-1081
- Quill, Jason L, Michael G Bateman, James L St Louis, and Paul A Iaizzo. “Edge-to-Edge Repairs of P2 Prolapsed Mitral Valves in Isolated Swine Hearts.” Journal of Heart Valve Disease 20, no. 1 (2011): 5.
- Bateman, MG, JL Quill, J St Louis, and PA Iaizzo. “Visualization and Hemo-Dynamic Evaluation of Edge-to-Edge Mitral Valve Repair within Reanimated Swine Hearts.” Journal of Medical Devices 3, (2009): 027545.
- Bateman, Michael G, Alexander J Hill, Jason L Quill, and Paul A Iaizzo. “The Clinical Anatomy and Pathology of the Human Arterial Valves: Implications for Repair or Replacement.” Journal of cardiovascular translational research, (2013): 1-10.
- Quill, Jason Lloren. “Applications of the Visible Heart® for Cardiac Valve Repair and Replacement Devices.” UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, 2009.
- Quill, Jason L, Alexander J Hill, Ana R Menk, Brian T McHenry, and Paul A Iaizzo. “Multimodal Imaging of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation within an Isolated Heart.” JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging 4, no. 10 (2011): 1138-1139.
- Bateman, M. G., Hill, A. J., Quill, J. L., Eggen, M. D., Rolfes, C. D., & Iaizzo, P. A. (2013). 15. The Use of Isolated Heart Models and Anatomic Specimens as Means to Enhance the Design and Testing of Cardiac Valve Therapies.
- Howard, S. A., Quill, J. L., Eggen, M. D., Swingen, C. M., & Iaizzo, P. A. (2013). Novel imaging of atrial septal defects in isolated human hearts. [Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t Video-Audio Media]. J Cardiovasc Transl Res, 6(2), 218-220. doi: 10.1007/s12265-013-9451-6
- Spencer, J. H., Quill, J. L., Bateman, M. G., Eggen, M. D., Howard, S. A., Goff, R. P., . . . Iaizzo, P. A. (2013). The benefits of the Atlas of Human Cardiac Anatomy website for the design of cardiac devices. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t Review]. Expert Rev Med Devices, 10(6), 729-734. doi: 10.1586/17434440.2013.843449