About Judy Stone, MD:
JUDY STONE, MD, is the daughter of Hungarian Holocaust survivors and a physician specializing in infectious diseases. She is a Forbes Pharma and Healthcare contributor, the former Molecules to Medicine columnist for Scientific American, and the author of a nationally established textbook, Conducting Clinical Research: A Practical Guide for Physicians, Nurses, Study Coordinators, and Investigators. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, she completed medical school at the University of Maryland, residency at Rochester General Hospital in New York, and fellowship at West Virginia University. She spent 25 years in solo practice in rural Cumberland, Maryland, and now cares for patients part-time as a substitute physician. Along with her commitment to physical healing, she has an avid interest in oral history and Holocaust education. Through telling her family’s remarkable story, she hopes to teach tolerance and contribute to making the world a better, more peaceful, and more just place.
What inspires you to write?
I often have a different perspective and want to open new ways of looking at problems for my readers. I like to educate.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a combination of styles. First, I free-associate and jot notes about points that I want to make. Then I make a more organized outline, but this is not rigid and may well be reshaped as I begin to fill in the topic.
I almost always use Scrivener. As a nonfiction writer, I rely heavily on references, which are always readily accessible when I use that program.
I particularly like the way I can outline and shuffle “index cards” of information or paragraphs around until I am satisfied with the structure.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would encourage other writers to study the craft of writing. Read a variety of styles of writing. Seek outside advice if you are stuck. Set a routine for your work. Be patient and persistent.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go with a small boutique independent publisher who allowed me to be part of the publishing process. For example, they wanted my opinions, feedback, and suggestions regarding editorial and design.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is tough to gauge. Big publishers have a lock on the industry, and competing against them is hard. I think we’ll see a greater shift to digital and self-publishing as authors will increasingly appreciate their advantages.
What genres do you write?: Nonfiction: historical biography, memoir, medicine and health, and clinical research textbook
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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