I’m so delighted to welcome one of my fave suspense authors – Dr. Richard Mabry – to the blog today!
Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the International Thriller Writers, the Faith-Hope-Love chapter of the Romance Writers of America, the Christian Authors Network, and Novelists Inc.
His latest novella, Doctor’s Dilemma, released March 13th.
Dr. Tyler Gentry had it all planned out, but the death of his parents in a plane crash changed everything. When he discovered his father had left him a mountain of debt, piled on top of his own student debt, the offer from Dr. William Hall to join his group of surgeons seemed a perfect solution. But the night before he was to start, Tyler received a call that told him to get out while he could.
Despite the salary and perks, Tyler found a curtain of mystery surrounding the surgical group. The only thing that made it worthwhile was the lovely operating room nurse, Ashley Wynn, with whom Tyler seemed to make an instant connection. But when their first date ended with his car exploding while she watched, Ashley seemed hesitant to continue their relationship.
The stakes continued to rise while Tyler was faced with his dilemma: stay or go?
Hi Dr. Mabry! I’m so honored to be chatting with you today – welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Richard: Apples…because I can eat them without peeling.
Carrie: Peeling an orange is so tedious. Apples are much better, I agree.
Richard: Summer…because I can play golf without shivering.
Richard: Dogs…because you can call a dog, while a cat will say, “Leave a message and I’ll get back with you.”
Carrie: LOL this is so true!
Richard: Coffee…because I got in the habit in pre-med, it was cemented during med school, and now the habit is fully entrenched.
Carrie: Yes, as a doctor and an author, you really didn’t stand a chance to resist coffee!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Richard: I’d probably choose invisibility, so I could hang around and see what people really think of my writing. (In other words, like many writers, I suffer from the Imposter Syndrome.)
Carrie: Plus you could do all kinds of research for your books and no one would be the wiser – except you!
Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Richard: I’m currently re-reading the works of the late Robert B. Parker, so Split Image is by my bed, and all the rest of his work is in the bookcase in the living room. (I love the way he tells stories using simple declarative sentences).
Carrie: I must confess that I’ve never read his books, but now I’m intrigued!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Richard: I use a laptop, linked (via USB cables) to a monitor and keyboard, and it doesn’t stray from my office unless I’m traveling. Each morning I head for my office, just like I was going to work…which, come to think of it, I am.
Carrie: Writing is absolutely work!
Tell us about Dr. Tyler Gentry. Do you share any personality traits with your main character?
Richard: Tyler is a doctor just finishing his residency training in surgery. Almost overnight his plans for entering practice are turned upside down. The problems he encounters when he’s about to start work as part of the Hall Group make up the major thrust of Doctor’s Dilemma. As for sharing personality traits, I suppose that, like Tyler, I have a surgeon’s mentality, able to move resolutely forward despite setbacks and problems. Other than that, though, he’s a lot more handsome (and younger) than me.
Carrie: The ability to persevere is a very valuable trait. I hadn’t connected it to a surgeon’s mentality before, but that makes sense!
Do you have your books pretty much plotted out before you start writing, or did Doctor’s Dilemma take any turns that surprised you?
Richard: I definitely write by the ‘seat of my pants,’ although I do have the major characters, the overarching theme, and some sort of idea about the ending in mind when I start writing. However, in true ‘pantser’ fashion, I don’t have all the details, twists, and events plotted out. And I never know who the ‘bad guy’ will be until I’m two or three chapters from the end.
Carrie: Really?!? Oh i love that! Because neither do we as readers lol!
What do you most want readers to take away from Doctor’s Dilemma?
Richard: I suppose the take away message is similar to what my other novels carry: Despite what seems like a dead-end situation, trust in God and do the best you can. One of my friends has this motto on his door: “Things will be all right in the end. If they’re not all right, it’s not the end.”
Carrie: This such a encouraging truth to hang on to in the world we live in today.
Dr. Mabry, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Richard: My next full-length novel is Cardiac Event. There’s been some question about how that would be published—whether by an established publishing house or self-published (like Doctor’s Dilemma)—but I hope to have all that resolved soon.
Carrie: I am looking forward to reading it!
Dr. Mabry is giving away a copy of Doctor’s Dilemma to one of my readers – print if winner is in US, ebook for internationals. (Void where prohibited by law) Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policy which can be read on the Disclosure page of this website. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What quote or verse encourages you when you’re in a dead-end situation?