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We have Medical Romance writer Anne Fraser and she's answering some questions....but she came with gifts!

Nas: Why do you write Medicals?

 Anne: I trained as a nurse and as my husband is a doctor it seemed the obvious choice for me. I already had loads of scenarios in my head.

 I also remember when I was in Africa driving along this almost deserted road edged by re clay hills and veld and imagining out of the blue, this woman walking alongside the road. I had no idea what she was doing there or where she was going but she eventually became the heroine of Her Very Special Boss.

 Nas: What made you chose the genre?

 Anne: The thing I particularly love about writing medicals is that you can put your characters in really rough situations and see how they react with each other to produce their happy ever after. It seems that no topic is totally out of bounds in medicals as long as it adds to the story. This is true of any of the series but probably more so in medicals. I use the medical scenarios to reinforce the conflicts the characters are having to deal with.

 
Nas: Have you got Medical background to write Medical Romances?

 Anne: It's a while now since I actually nursed so I'm fortunate in having my husband to keep me up to date with medical information.  I worked in an IVF unit (now that is a field that is changing so fast!) and happily they are prepared to answer my questions. My daughter is medical student so hopefully she'll be able to help too in a year or two. As I like to ensure the medical detail is a hundred percent accurate, I know I'd find it difficult to write medical romances without this help.

 
Nas: Where's the one place you would you like to go for a vacation?

 Anne: Just about anywhere. People who know me already know I love travelling. I have been to loads of places but still have so many on my wish list. Right now my list includes India, Croatia, the east coast of America and China. If anyone's going someplace and they need a companion, I usually say yes!

 Nas: Tell us about your latest ......

 Anne: My latest US release is  St Piran's:Daredevil, Doctor ...Dad , although it was released in the UK last year. (I'm not sure why there are these long delays between publishing a book in the UK then publishing it in the US.) Daredevil, Doctor...Dad is part of the St Piran's series and is set in Cornwall. Abby who is caring for her dead sister's child, Emma, has been trying to track down Emma's father for years. All she has is a photo and a name- Mac. She is stunned to find that Mac, a risk taker doctor, and not exactly father material is also working with the Royal Cornwall Air Ambulance Team. Can Mac convince Abby he os more than a playboy doctor?

 
Her Very Special Boss  has also been re- released in an anthology At His Service: Her Boss the Hero alongside Alison Roberts and Molly Evans.



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48 comments:

  1. I think that it would not be easy to write a story wherein the hero apparently changes from "playboy doctor" to "father material". The title includes "daredevil", so now I'm curious about that too! Lots of hooks!

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    1. Well Laney,

      Mac is a daredevil, he swoops down into rough seas and saves peoples lives. He swoops to anywhere to do his duty! Thanks for swinging by!

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  2. Maybe its difficult to convince if he's got the mark "playboy doctor"
    Lot of woman can't trust playboy right? Hehehehe

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    1. Would you trust a playboy, Nana? But what if he changes and becomes a family man?

      Thanks for reading this interview!

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    2. <3•̃⌣•̃<3˘ H̲áí Nas,

      If he can prove it that he changes maybe I will....

      Thanks for the welcome

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  3. Hi Laney 4 I had so much fun with Mac and it seemed just right to me that Abby and Emma would change him....doesn't mean he wouldn't stay a daredevil !

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    1. Welcome to Romance Book Paradise, Anne!

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  4. Hello Nana

    But don't most women think they can be tamed by the right woman?

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    1. Heii Anne..

      Yep, if they can be tamed by the right woman, I think they will be good and changes

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  5. Not sure what the time is where you are but it's late here so I'm off to bed. Back in the morning and looking forward to chatting!

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    1. Looking forward to chatting more with you Anne! Sweet dreams!

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  6. I love that Anne used her medical background in her novels, and having her husband still in the field is great for research.

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    1. Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for coming along to read this interview!

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    2. Hi Kelly,

      Yes I couldn't write them without my husband. I often say to him that I need a medical scenario in A & E for eg that involves a child and two possible but equally likely diagnoses, and he usually comes up with something. Other times he tells me about a case and I think mmm that sounds like something I can use. The downside is that I can never use a case that is too unusual as I don't want anybody ever thinking they can identify themselves in one of my stories!

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  7. Fascinating! Thanks so much, Nas, for having Anne here today... It takes a unique person to write medical drama/romance. It's definitely a world I couldn't tackle. Loved the interview. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Hi Morgan,

      Thanks for coming along to read this interview!

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    2. Hi Morgan

      Thanks for commenting. The other great thing about medical romances is that they are so diverse in setting. Mine go from country practices to Harley Street to Hollywood. Scarlet Wilson even has one set in the West wing of the White House!
      Also we can gibe our characters really big dilemmas. In Mistletoe, Midwife ...Miracle Baby for example the heroine has an illness that could kill her if she gets pregnant. So when she gets pregnant despite using contraception she has to make a decision that could mean the difference beween life and death...

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  8. Nice interview! I'd like to visit Croatia, too. I've heard it's a really nice place.

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    1. Hi Sherry!

      Shall we make a date and take a vacation to Croatia? I would also like to go someday!

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    2. Hi Sherry

      Everyone I have ever met raves about Croatia. They tell me I need to go there before it gets too touristy. So little time- so many places to see....

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  9. Sounds like a great story - love when such diverse characters meet and click!

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    1. Hi Jemi!

      You would love the story! Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Hi Jemi

      I loved the characters of Abby and Mac. Emma, the child Abby thinks of as her own, really wants to meet her father, especially as the other children in her school have been teasing her about not having a father. Abby has reservations about Mac's ability to be a father to Emma- or even if he'll accept that he has a daughter. I do have a twist in the tale which I'm not going to tell you about!

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  10. I totally get why you want to get the medical detail right. I like to do that, too, when my characters have any medical problem, which is usually an injury - since I write mystery and suspense. Luckily my sister works for a doctor who doesn't mind answering my questions.

    Hi, Nas!!!

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    1. I love mystery and suspense novels, Carol! Are they romantic suspense? (Actually all books have some romance in them- right?) Great that you have a doctor willing to answer questions. I am truly amazed (and truly grateful) how helpful people can be when you need to know something!

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  11. Sounds like Anne had to write medical romances with her background!

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    1. Hi Theresa

      Guess I did. But not all my books have both hero and heroine with a medical background! In Doctor on a Red Carpet the hero is a stuntman in Hollywood.

      And medical doesn't always mean doctor and nurse. It can be doctor and doctor, nurse and nurse, paramedic and nurse, firemen, lab technicians (Leslie!) - in fact almost any combination.

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    2. I agree, Theresa! Thanks for reading along!

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  12. I've not heard of a medical romance before, but I like it!

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    1. Hi Susan

      I'd love it if you gave us a try. There are so many excellent medical romance writers you'll be spoiled for choice. Just ask Nas!

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    2. Yep, Susan!

      Medical Romances are very popular among readers. It has romance, sensuality, action- all amid the medical drama!

      Lovers of Grey's Anatomy, E.R, Shortland Street - all love reading medical romances!

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  13. I grew up tagging along behind my doctor dad while he did rounds at the hospital and later worked as a lab technician. I'm all over a medical setting.

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  14. Morning everyone. (At least it's Monday morning here in Scotland!)

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. I love it that you tagged after your doctor dad, Leslie. My husband used to take my girls to the hospital with him at weekends and I'm sure that's part of the reason our daughter is not studying medicine too.

    I wonder if I could have my heroine working as a lab technician in one of my books. That's the great thing about writing medicals- your heroes and heroines can come from such varied backgrounds.

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  15. In category romance, one of my favourite genres is now medical because there is such good, meaningful content. They can handle topics - like transplant patients for example - which you would never see in any other imprint of category romance. That's why I think the readers relate.

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  16. Hi Maria

    Thanks for loving medicals and saying so! I think they are meaty stories. The one I'm writing for example starts off in Afghanistan. It's been a challenge to get the right mix of 'realism' and romance and I'm not sure I'm there yet. In the end whatever subjects we tackle, our stories have to be uplifting. I'd be very interested to know what folk think - especially those who have sons, husband, brothers and sisters in the armed forces- about stories set in a real war setting.

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  17. Gotta admit, I have a soft spot for doctors :D
    This book sounds intriguing. I'm wondering how Mac could change from "playboy doctor" to "father material" ^^

    Thanks for being with us here, Anne :)

    savedbymercy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Hi Aline

    I'm so thrilled to be here and thanks for commenting.

    Given my background I know many playboy doctors and a fair number of playgirl doctors too! But they all share one thing in common- soft hearts. And Mac is that kind of doctor. I've seen so many turn into loving and faithful husband and wives when they met the right person. All we need is the right person, don't you think? So when Abby comes into Mac's life and she takes no prisoners in her desire to protect her daughter, how can he resist her? And Emma, his daughter, captures his heart too. But I promise, everything is not as it seems...

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  19. What an interesting genre! So interesting to find out about the author's background and how she keeps up with the medical field. Great post!
    ~Jess

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  20. It was fascinating reading about Anne's use of her background. Also, I agree that plenty of conflict can be found in a medical setting. It was great reading about Anne and her work.

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  21. Hello Medela

    The medical detail is important, but the romance always has to come first...!
    Thanks for ommenting.

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  22. I enjoyed this, Anne. I like the idea of combining very visceral, difficult physical situations with the HEA. Well done.

    Thanks, Nas, for another good interview!

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  23. Wonderful interview, ladies. I've been to Croatia and it's gorgeous.

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  24. Great interview! My knowledge of medical romance sticks to Grey's Anatomy, but now I'm getting really interested in the genre : )

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  26. Medical romance sounds interesting... probably includes large slices of reality too, especially with Anne's medical background, and a daughter who can offer help when needed.

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  27. I so understand getting the details right. Makes for a more solid, not to mention believable story.

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