Last weekend I attended my all-time favorite writing conference, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I’ve been going to this conference almost every year since 2004, and it’s always a slice of heaven for me. Here’s my attempt to sum up all the reasons I love SIWC.
Before SIWC, I was a closet writer (this is literally true—in my first condo I converted a closet into a writing “office”).… Read the rest
I’m an avid reader and I always have been. So when someone says to me, with a vaguely superior air (and this happens surprisingly often): “Oh, I don’t read fiction. I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy; I have more important things to do…”, well, this is how I feel:
I’m sorry…what did you just say?
Today’s post is my contribution to Tackle Your TBR Read-A-Thon , a super fun reading challenge hosted by Tressa’s Wishful Endings and Colorimetry.… Read the rest
A while ago I wrote a post about the perfect food pairings for a writing life. But I’d like to expand on that and talk about something near and dear to my little heart: the brown gold otherwise known as coffee.
To my mind, coffee is the perfect desk accessory when you’re writing. Allow me to make my case? (Or, indulge me as I wax about my love…)
Coffee is warm, cozy, and comforting.… Read the rest
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