About Britt Talley Daniel MD:
Britt Talley Daniel M.D. trained in medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the American Headache Society. He has a migraine blog posted at www.doctormigraine.com where he submits news on migraine and articles on dealing with headache and a Twitter account at btdaniel. He has a literary blog at www.britttalleydanielmd.com where he presents his published works which to date are medical textbooks on Migraine, Transient Global Amnesia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Panic Disorder. He has published 3 books of fiction, Titanic: Answer from the Deep and the first in a series of mysteries, And If Thine Eye Offend Thee and The Case of the Organic Chemist which are part of the Mysteries of MacArthur Donne Series.
He has been practicing in Dallas, Texas since 1982. He is married, the father of 5 children and 3 grandchildren, and a lifelong guitar picker and folksinger.
What inspires you to write?
Stories about people, medical illness, neurologic disease
Tell us about your writing process.
The medical books are easy, I just use the textbook style–history, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical description, treatment, etc.
Fiction is more work and I have to have an idea to start with–like with And If Thine Eye Offend Thee, I read about a patient who got a fatal neurologic disease from a corneal transplant. Wham…off I go.
I use an outline…which may change and I block out the story with character sketches.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I write their dialogue, the characters are definitely in my head and I read it out loud, usually to my wife.
What advice would you give other writers?
Persist, write, read, write what you have lived and what you know.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had to…I wanted to be a writer and to get books out to the world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I wasted a lot of time with book publishing, to me a dry, defeated industry, with little love. Amazon and self publishing are changing all that. I still would like a marketing assistant and an agent and am moving toward that kind of help.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Science, medical, migraine, neurologic, psychiatric, literary main streem, gentle mysteries.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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