About Chris Hejmanowski

Christopher John Hejmanowski was born in 1971 in Buffalo, NY. He attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he completed his bachelor's degree in biology. While there, he met the woman who would become his wife, his best friend. The United States Navy provided Hejmanowski a tremendous opportunity in offering him a full academic scholarship to attend medical school at Midwestern University, in Chicago. Upon graduation, Hejmanowski was accepted into a surgical internship at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, followed by Flight Surgery School in Pensacola, Florida.

He and his wife lived in Okinawa, Japan for a year while stationed with a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter squadron. From there, he was given orders to Rota, Spain and served as the sole flight surgeon for the Navy's largest reconnaissance squadron. Medicine and helping others has always been a true calling for him, and Hejmanowski and his family returned to the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia where he completed an additional three year residency in Emergency Medicine. After becoming board certified, Hejmanowski was stationed at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida.

As an ER physician, Hejmanowski deployed with the United States Marines to Al Taqqadum, Iraq from the summer of 2008 to the spring of 2009. For several months, within a mobile surgical unit, he led a Shock Trauma Platoon, moving with the Marines along the Syrian boarder. It was here, during quieter moments in a tent, that he began to write his first full-length novel, "Collider."

Out of the Navy now, Hejmanowski is still in full time practice as an Emergency Medicine physician. When not working or writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, as well as woodworking and restoring classic cars. He is currently busy writing his second novel, another science fiction thriller set in the Middle East with an eclectic band of special operatives …we hope you'll stay tuned for that in the spring of 2013.

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Q&A with Chris Hejmanowski

Q. What inspired Collider? Can you tell us what happened?

A. Several years ago, on one of our Navy moves, I drove from Norfolk, VA to Jacksonville, FL. I had a car full of garage supplies and a chocolate Labrador retriever, and was doing everything I could to stay awake on this eleven-hour trip. As my mind wandered, I came up with the basis of this story, which is a father who is willing to do anything for his little girl. From there, it was a matter of filling in the gaps, which I did with subject matter from a side interest of mine, physics.

Q. What is the theory behind these "wormholes?"

A. Wormholes, at this time, are theoretical, connecting a realistic black hole with its counterpart, a white hole. This Schwarzchild Wormhole, as the theory goes, would likely be infinitesimal, and very unstable. These fleeting entities would allow very little to pass. Some physicists think we may be able to transmit data through an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, but it is highly unlikely that anything of substance (such as a person or a spaceship) could traverse such a structure, if they exist at all.

Q. What is dark matter?

A. No one really knows. As the name implies, this "matter" seems to make up the majority of what our universe is made of, or at least held together by. Its effects can be seen and measured in the way our galaxies and their light behave, but as of yet we are unsure of what this substance really is. All we know is that without it, much of what we can see would likely fly apart and not exist as we've come to know it.

Q.Your novel talks about the real-life research facility CERN. Can you tell us anything else about the scientific discoveries or significance CERN has in explaining our existence?

A. One of their objectives is to identify the Higgs-Bosen particle. In physics, all forces have a particle, which carries, or manifests, them. The force of electromagnetism is manifested by photons, the nuclear force holding protons and neutrons together, is through gluons, and the gravitational force is via exchange of gravitons (theoretically). The Higgs-Boson particle, which has yet to be detected, is theorized to give these fundamental particles their mass, which allows for all the forces we can detect. The CERN collider is aiding in the search for evidence of this particle in the experiments conducted there.

Q. What is the difference between white holes and black holes?

A. Black holes are present at the center of most, if not all, galaxies. They are the matter-gobbling monsters we hear about on the Discovery or Science channels. Their gravitational pull is immense, and nothing (save Hawking Radiation) can escape once it's crossed the event horizon. White holes, on the other hand, are thought to be more of a source of creation, spewing matter outward …sort of the antithesis of a black hole. In a Schwarzchild Wormhole there is theorized to be brief and wispy connections between the two, from one universe into another, with one black hole serving as the source of the others white ...and vice versa. The Big Bang could be considered a variety of this, though no one has yet witnessed or detected a white hole, they are theoretically, or mathematically, possible.

Q. What's in store for your reader next?

A. I like to let ideas percolate a bit in my head before I start writing. I find that if I start too soon, I often write myself into a dead end, coming to a concluding chapter too soon and having to start over. With that said, I am currently writing another novel about a small band of diversely trained Special Forces soldiers in the Middle East. Their objectives are given to them one step at a time, without their true goal being revealed until it's too late to avoid it. Their direction, as they know it, comes from the President of the United States himself, but there is a shadow figure of higher authority manipulating his strings. It sets the wars in the Middle East on a much larger historical stage; fulfilling prophecies many religions felt were already understood.

Chris Hejmanowski is a science fiction writer who draws from his own past as both a physician and a U.S. Naval officer to compose Collider. His love of science and the mysteries of religion serve to produce story telling of world class power. Experience this thrill ride as the lives of seemingly unrelated characters collide, forever entwining their fates and casting them against nearly insurmountable obstacles, and an evil beyond their comprehension. You will never view science and religion the same again. Be sure to look for his upcoming science fiction thriller due out in the Spring of 2013.

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