Welcome back, Richard. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
My Prescription For Trouble series is about people much like myself, with all their doubts, fears, and shortcomings. In it, I try to show the role of trusting God in getting through the dark times. Everything doesn’t always work out the way they plan or hope, but sometimes He has an even better plan. They may stray from God, even feel like they’ve lost Him, but when they turn they find He’s been there all the time.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’ve been fortunate to have three books in this series published by Abingdon Press, and in a series of events that can only be interpreted as a “God thing,” I was given a contract for a fourth book if I could have it ready by the deadline. I could and did, and Lethal Remedy will be published around September 1.
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
My pastor, Dr. Chuck Swindoll. I don’t think he’d ever run out of stories and anecdotes, and he’s laugh louder than anyone else at the table.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I’m retired from medicine, but my heart is still there, so I’d choose Sir William Osler, often referred to as the father of modern medicine. He pioneered specialty training, took medical students out of the classroom and to the bedside for completion of their education, and is quoted as saying, “Listen to the patient. He is telling you what is wrong with him.” I’d love to hear about the battles he fought with the system of the day as he helped modernize the training of physicians.
How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
It’s tough to get published, which is why so many writers are turning to self-publishing and e-publishing in frustration. I garnered forty rejections over four years while writing four books before I ever got a contract. Others have been rejected twice that many times before they succeed. With each rejection, try to figure out the reason and correct it. Write, get a critique from a knowledgeable person (not your Aunt Tillie), correct your mistakes, write some more. There comes a time when it’s futile to keep polishing the same story. Don’t be afraid to start fresh. And, as Winston Churchill said, “Never give up.”
Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the proposed back cover copy:
This "miracle drug" could kill more than bacteria.
Dr. Sara Miles’ patient is on the threshold of death from an overwhelming, highly resistant infection with Staphylococcus luciferus, known to doctors as “the killer.” Only an experimental antibiotic, developed and administered by Sara’s ex-husband, Dr. Jack Ingersoll, can save the girl's life.
Dr. John Ramsey is seeking to put his life together after the death of his wife by joining the medical school faculty. But his decision could prove to be costly, even fatal.
Potentially lethal late effects from the experimental drug send Sara and her colleague, Dr. Rip Pearson, on a hunt for hidden critical data that will let them reverse the changes before it’s too late. What is the missing puzzle piece? And who is hiding it?
Please give us the first page of the book.
No one knew the man’s name. White male, probably in his late seventies, found unresponsive in an alley about two AM and brought to the emergency room. Just another homeless derelict, another John Doe.
“Pneumonia, late stages,” the intern said. He yawned. “Happens all the time. Drank himself into a stupor, vomited, aspirated. Probably been lying in that alley for more than a day. Doesn’t look like he’ll make it.”
“Labs cooking? Got a sputum culture going?”
“Yeah, but it’ll take a day or two to get the results of the culture. The smear looks like Staph. Guess I’ll give him—”
“Wait. I’ve got access to an experimental drug that might help. Let me start him on that.”
The intern shrugged. It was two AM. He’d been on duty for more than twenty-four hours straight—why’d Johnson’s wife have to go into labor today?—and he was bushed. The bum probably didn’t have a snowball’s chance of surviving anyway. Why not? “You’ll be responsible?”
“I’ll take it from here. Even do the paperwork.”
“Deal,” the intern said, and ambled off to see the next patient.
Three hours later, John Doe lay on a gurney in a corner of the ER. An IV ran into one arm, a blood pressure cuff encircled the other. Spittle dripped from his open mouth and dotted his unshaven chin. His eyes were open and staring.
“Acute anaphylaxis, death within minutes. Interesting.” He scratched his chin. “Guess I need to make some adjustments in the compound.” He picked up the almost-blank chart. “I’ll say I gave him ampicillin and sulbactam. That should cover it.”
I can't wait for my book to arrive. James and I both love reading your suspense novels. How can readers find you on the Internet?My website is http://rmabry.com, and I blog twice weekly at http://rmabry.blogspot.com. I’m on Twitter as RichardMabry and FaceBook as Richard.Mabry. I hope your readers will visit me. And thanks for this opportunity,
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