How a Homework Assignment Became One of the Most Unique New Novels of 2010

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What would happen if a literary thriller novel fell in love with an economics 101 textbook? Probably something like "The Economics of Ego Surplus" by Paul McDonnold — a new novel that educates readers on the global economy.

"A terrorist attack was being planned against the U.S. economy, and the assignment required figuring out the plot and using economic policy to foil it. The reaction I got from students was so positive I decided to take the concept further."

People are fascinated by the economy – just look at the stories that fill the typical news cycle – but the subject’s complexity creates a gap between fascination and understanding. A new novel published by the Starving Analyst Press, "The Economics of Ego Surplus," aims to thrill readers while bridging this gap.

The author, Paul McDonnold, is a former college economics instructor who now earns his living as a freelance writer. Well published in nonfiction markets and the coauthor of a traditional economics textbook, his passion for the novel comes through when he speaks of its genesis. “It’s never easy to get students interested in economics. Several years ago I gave my class a homework assignment in the form of a fictional story. A terrorist attack was being planned against the U.S. economy, and the assignment required figuring out the plot and using economic policy to foil it. The reaction I got from students was so positive I decided to take the concept further. That’s when work on the novel began.”

He goes on to say that the novel is not intended to be a systematic treatment of economics, but does incorporate a simplified overview of a number of the topics one would see in a typical economics-101-type course. “I decided early on that this would be a novel first. I wanted to write something that anyone would enjoy reading, not just economics students. So I let the action of the story drive everything, including any economic concepts that were explained.”

Described as “part action novel, part literary novel, part guidebook to economics,” "The Economics of Ego Surplus" combines a gripping narrative with education and ends with a moral point. A PDF of the first 54 pages can be downloaded free at:

http://www.starvinganalyst.com

The author can be contacted at paul(at)paulmcdonnold(dot)com or 972-248-0517.

About Starving Analyst Press
Starving Analyst Press is a new independent publisher of books that bend genres, entertain and educate. Their philosophy looks to combine the best of the worlds of art and business. From the art world, staying true to a vision and elevating craft above commercialism. From the business world, hard work and dedication to customers.

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