MEDICAL MYSTERY . . . OR MURDER?
How did five people from a small Georgia town contract a rare, deadly disease? Medical researcher Allison Stewart has to work against the clock to find out. Yet before she can ask one question, someone tries to kill her. A handsome recluse who is shrouded in suspicion saves her. Many believe Luke Garrison is guilty of a decade-old murder—a murder with ties to Allison’s case. Allison dares to work closely with Luke. But is she setting herself up to become victim number six?
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, the first book in my Magnolia Medical series, which is in bookstores today. PROTECTING HER CHILD will follow in May 2009, and I’m currently working on book three.
In each Magnolia Medical story, you’ll meet laboratory professionals on the cutting edge of medical breakthroughs. Battling killer diseases in the lab, they also face human enemies who threaten them and the people they love.
A funny thing happened at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference when I was chatting with an editor from another publishing house. He asked how I came up with the idea for COUNTDOWN TO DEATH so I explained my background as a medical technologist and the years I wrote for professional medical journals.
When I mentioned creating a large medical laboratory complex in Atlanta, his eyes widened, and he stepped closer enthralled with what I was saying. Too enthralled. “Magnolia Medical is a fictional lab complex,” I quickly added. He smiled rather sheepishly and let out a lungful of air. “Yeah, right.” Of course, he thought I was talking about a real lab.
For writers, the lines between reality and fiction overlap. And that's good. But sometimes detours interrupt our writing journey, and we become discouraged. Yet often what we envision as taking us off track may be the fuel that feeds our forward progression toward publication.
Looking back, I now realize the professional articles I wrote over the years laid the groundwork for the Magnolia Medical stories I’m creating today. The research I did and the contacts I made, as well as the attention to detail needed in technical writing, helped me develop medical plots that serve as backdrops for my current heroes and heroines.
When we incorporate facets from our own lives into our work, we create authentic stories that resonate with readers. In drawing from our past, seemingly inconsequential aspects of our lives weave their way into our pages, embellishing our work. In order for our writing to truly soar, we need to live life to the fullest, embracing every opportunity that comes our way.
Now think of the stories you yearn to write. How will elements from your past play into those tales? In what way will the life you’re living today impact the stories you’ll write in the future?
Wishing you abundant blessings!
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