The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice caring for patients with complicated illnesses often in ICU and served as Chief of Medicine.
My wife Dorlis and I retired in October 1995 and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug, a trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, the entire East Coast and completed two ‘Circle trips’ to Canada and back, eight months, the first time, five months, the second.
I wrote professionally as a physician to inform but rarely to entertain, at least not on purpose.
My novels include: First, Do No Harm April 2007. No Cure for Murder August 2011, For the Love of God January 2012, Rage 2012, and Tortured Memory 2013.
In the last two years, I’ve written three screenplays based on my novels and hope to see one or more produced for the screen. I submitted my screenplay, Rage to the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest contest and won honorable mention (57 out of 11,000).
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 15 year old Mike, a terrier mix and Bennie, a 8year old Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids.
What inspires you to write?
My father was an inventor, and I think I got my creativity from him.
Writing is pure pleasure for me, both the initial process and the editing (not copy editing).
Most medical fiction is unnecessarily melodramatic and unreal. I’ve used my experience to involve the reader in the intrinsic drama of medicine on a reality basis.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have a general ideal where the plot(s) is/are going, I let my characters fill in the details. The Brier Hospital Series novels use the same scene and share characters, but each stands on its own.
I outline only in retrospect (after each chapter) as this helps me during revision.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, we have an intimate relationship. It’s weird, however, for each character, regardless of their differences, are ultimately me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Let your creative juices go during the initial writing.
Take full advantage of your creative highs and keep going.
Do not dread revision. It’s every bit as creative as the initial writing. Find joy in the process when you recognize that you’ve made you work better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I worked with a very supportive agent for years.
When she sold my first novel to a publisher, I was overjoyed, but that publisher did little to encourage me or promote the novel. I subsequently broke my contract and self-published.
I now have six novels published in print and Kindle and I’m developing a following.
I’ll publish the next novel in the Brier Series soon, The Plague Within, and will publish my first non-fiction book entitled, I Love MY Doctor, But…
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
So many talented writers are finally getting the opportunity denied to them by the major publishing houses who only go for the sure thing.
While self-publishing gives everyone a chance, the shear volume makes it difficult for readers to recognize quality work.
Quality and unbiased reviewers may be the ultimate answer.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Medical thrillers, dramas, psychological thrillers, action adventures
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print