What inspired you to write your memoir?
In 2014, for the first time, I became a patient in a hospital. While I was hospitalized I got a flashback to the days when I was a hospital orderly nearly half a century ago. I decided it was now or never to tell these highly diverse stories.
About your Book:
During the late Sixties, I worked in a number of hospitals as an aide or orderly. Two of them were world famous: McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts; and the Massachusetts General Hospital, in downtown Boston. Two were in Toronto. They were my first full time jobs.
I saw incredible things, people and incidents that have stayed with me all these years: the managed blood of surgery, the chaos of emergency, tense moments in a mental ward.
These are human-interest stories, with a smattering of medical terms, where appropriate. It’s about what happened in the hospital and outside the hospital during a turbulent period in history. I learned about life and death in hospitals, which has tempered my understanding of the world ever since. Approximately 17,000 words. I am a published poet and author, produced playwright in New York City, digital artist, and wilderness canoeist.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I have been self-publishing e-books for several years; so it was an easy choice to decide to publish this memoir. It is published on Amazon.com and the book sellers aggregated by Draft 2 Digital. See below.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I think it’s very different than any other genre. You’re writing directly about yourself.
Hudson Owen is a published poet and writer, actor and digital artist. He has produced two spoken word CDs on CD Baby. He is a wilderness canoeist and long time resident of Brooklyn, New York.