Single female Melie Kohl, Ms. Fix-It/employee relations manager, struggles to keep order at the comically out-of-control Axis Mundi Medical Center, which is swarming with buttock-grabbing doctors, hebephrenic staff and monstrous bosses, all while trying to find a life of her own. She’s like a hamster on a treadmill, running in place and getting nowhere, starting with her mind-numbing commute to work and ending each day when she crawls into her basement apartment, bemoaning her sexless, uneventful private life, her sleep rocked by disturbing dreams of mayhem and murder. When her year-long commuter crush, Ponytail Man/PTM reveals himself to be a repulsive slug, and her work life becomes ever more chaotic, Melie must strike out into uncharted territory or risk being carried away by the somber white coats and fitted for a strait jacket. She runs into a little murder here, some cancer there, a handsome devil, and rivals, not all of whom are human, like Gladys, the first parrot-woman gladiator. She won’t give up until she has sorted it all out – the hunk, the macaw and her life’s work.
Targeted Age Group:: adult 21-100
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love satire and here I had a perfect set-up. I was working in healthcare and every problem employee in the place had my number. It was either quit (who's paying my bills?), go crazy (I'd rather have Melie do that for me) or make time to write (done). The romance was pure fantasy, based on a short conversation with a guy in an antique store years ago.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Melie was a more neurotic version of someone I know. Ted was my fantasy lover – dependable man of few words but solid gold. The others were composites of people Iran into on the job.
Geena sat behind her desk, the cook near the door at the tiny conference table, Melie across from him against the back wall. Crikes, Melie thought, never back yourself into a corner with a disgruntled employee! At least that’s what they said at last month’s “Preventing Violence in Today’s Workplace, a one-day workshop for HR professionals.” Too late now!
“I understand this is your last day, Derrick. Can you tell me what’s been going on?”
As Derrick described what a frigging tyrant Jim was, she focused on providing the ultimate in compassion and understanding, careful not to validate his bad behavior in any way. She made sure to keep her voice steady when she asked, “Derrick, is it true you threatened to poison the salad bar?”
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