Okay so yes, I’m a doctor and a novelist. But I’m not the first. In fact, there’s quite an impressive list of people who have put down the stethoscope and picked up the pen.
Here are some of my favorites: (betcha didn’t realize all these writers were physicians, too…)
John Keats (19th century English Romantic poet.)
Anton Chekhov (Legendary Russian author & dramatist, who once said “Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.”)
Arthur Conan Doyle (Sir Arthur, if you please…Scottish writer, most famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes.)
W.Somerset Maugham (English playwright, novelist, and short story writer…was one of the most famous and wealthiest writers in the 1930s.)
Robin Cook (American writer of bestselling medical thrillers like Coma, Outbreak, and Contagion.)
Michael Crichton (Author of a little story called Jurassic Park.… Read the rest
I love books about writing. I know that some writers deride books about craft, but frankly, I don’t understand that viewpoint.
Yes, of course, you have to write a lot in order to learn to write. Also, you have to read a lot in order to learn to write. You really can’t avoid either of these two basic things. (Not to mention if you are skipping these things…um, why do you want to be a writer in the first place?)
But, in my opinion, you can also learn about craft.… Read the rest
I’m nearing the end of the outlining process for the sequel to my first novel.
Actually, I’m not.
Truth is, I could outline and plan and dream forever…but the calendar is speaking to me. And what is it saying? You’d better start hustling and get that first draft done, sweetheart, or you’re going to be a hot mess in a few months’ time.… Read the rest
So last week, I got “the call”. The ones that all writers fantasize about.
My agent, Sandy Lu, called me on my cell phone to say that Kensington Books wanted to publish my novel! They were making an offer. A 3-book deal, to be specific (yes…we are most firmly in dream territory now…) Then, briefly, back to earth: it’s for e-book originals, to start.… Read the rest