Why doctors are eminently suited to writing fiction

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anton Chekov, and Somerset Maugham.
More recently – Khaled Hosseini, Atul Gawande, and Abraham Verghese.

History bears testimony to the fact that revered physicians have been great writers.
Mythology, too, tells of Apollo, Athene and others, who were gods of medicine and of poetry.

Is it a happy accident?
Decidedly NOT, say Tony Miksanek, Andrea Crawford, and David Hellerstein.
Physician writers themselves, they believe that the two abilities, writing fiction and practicing medicine, are inextricably linked.

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How NOT to write a book review – featured on Susan Palmquist’s Blog

Susan Palmquist: One think I encourage my students to do is become a book reviewer. It not only helps you figure out what makes a story work (or not work), but it also lets you see who’s publishing what and where your story might fit into the current market.

Today’s guest blogger has some great tips on how not to review a book…

Reet Singh: This post assumes that you are one of the precious few who write – or plan to write – reviews of the books you’ve read. I love you already!

A book is not just about the plot and the syntax and the characters, it is also the toil and sweat and blood of the author, so it’s always a great idea to let the author know what you like about their story. And also what you don’t like, but be aware that nobody writes a horrible story on purpose, so be gentle.

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Blast from the Past: Writing Process Blog Tour

17 March 2014

My Writing Process

Thank you, my romance writer buddy, Ruchi Vasudeva, for inviting me to jump on the #mywritingprocess bandwagon!

Last week, Ruchi wrote about the writing process that works for her. In case you missed it, you can read it on her website right here.

Since she tagged me, and since I’m honored, and since today is Monday, the 17th of March, our #mywritingprocess blog tour day, here are my responses to the four questions:

1. What am I working on?

Book two for Harlequin® India!

Simi and Rudy are both doctors with chips on their shoulders. Their mutual attraction is engendering explosive stuf

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Me, my handbag & my book on Vicki Batman’s blog

This fabulous, roomy handbag was gifted to me by a dear aunt, Veena Mehta.

The PG tag stands for Purificación García – I had never heard of the label before, but now I’m all for it. The bag has withstood every insult including me filling it with sharps like keys and pens and pencils – these things have killed every other bag of mine, but not my PG!

When I first set eyes on it, I baulked a bit at the color –

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Blast from the past: Téa Cooper

Dear Téa,

Thank you for dropping in.

It’s my pleasure, thanks for inviting me.

I really enjoy your writing – “Jazz Baby” was fabulous and so was “Passionfruit and Poetry”.

That’s great to hear.

First of all, Téa, a question I have been dying to ask – how does it happen that you get the most gorgeous covers for your books? EVERY time. Do you get to choose out of a bunch of options or are the cover gods uncommonly kind to you?

The cover gods love me! The Harlequin cover artists are

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Author Pow-Wow: Aarti V Raman

Hi Aarti,
Thank you for adding beauty and grace to my blog.
I’m intrigued by the lovely cover of your latest book – let’s talk about it – about “Crossing Lines”.

How did the idea come about, to write Millennial romances?
The idea to write Millennial romances came from the fact that I am of the 80s and I grew up in the 90s. So it’s a natural segue into exploring…

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Blast from the past: Jazz Singh and Zeenat Mahal

Jazz Singh and Zeenat Mahal talk about their latest book, about reading and writing, and about inspiration and friendship!

Dear ladies,
Thank you for dropping in to talk to me.

How fabulous for your fans (I’m one of them, in case you didn’t already know) to get a book that features a story each from both of you! I’m talking about your latest offering, “Twice Upon a Time”. Have a look at the cover – it is very lovely – artistic and vibrant!

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How becoming a Harlequin India® author changed my life

Blast from the past: 22, January, 2014
Reet Singh

 

I am a doctor. A surgeon. Surgeons are trained to observe, to delve, to record.

When I won the Passions contest in 2013, I was catapulted into, for me, an uncharted part of the cosmos: the world of Harlequin® authors. Authors, too, are known to observe and delve and record, but there is a tangible difference between the two vocations. Doctors focus on people with problems, even on people who don’t want to develop problems; however, authors, because their creativity depends on it, focus on everybody and everything, most, if not all, the time….

 

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I’m ‘Stirring your Senses’ on the Harlequin Blog

Have you ever walked into somebody’s home and been pleasurably assaulted by the smell of brownies cooling on a rack?

Or heard the welcome patter of rain as it falls on a parched driveway?

How about a bunch of golden kumquats bravely clinging to the branches of a barren tree – that you had given up on – ever seen a more gratifying sight?

And when a child throws grubby arms about you, her face pressed into your neck, could anything be more precious than the feel of her skin, warm against yours?

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