Over to Amy now...
I never thought in a million years that I would be writing for Medical Romance.
I mean, as a child and really I still am squeamish when it comes to needles, blood etc.
I was so terrified of needles that once when I was 16 I visited my awesome GP (who knew me since I was still in diapers) and had a full snowsuit on in the spring when he was trying to inoculate me for something.
He’d just shake his head and say in that very upper class British accent (Yep my GP was from England, but lived in Canada), “Amy, aren’t you getting a little old for this?”
It was always in a kind voice though.
He’s long gone, sadly. He was quite venerable when I was his patient as a young girl.
I outgrew my fear of needles after the birth of my first child. When you’re pregnant and you’re tiny, tough OB/GYN is putting you through a round after round of tests, you get used to the poking and prodding.
And then when those three children you birthed turned into three C-sections (All of them being over 10lbs), you get used to certain things.
Then kids come with their own certain yuckiness. Diapers, that first…illness which causes explosions out of ever orifice.
Again, you get used to certain things. My gag reflex has certainly eased.
Could I study medicine and actually do the cutting? No way. My admiration for physicians, nurses, paramedics and all of those people in the countless health professions have my utmost respect.
When I discovered there was a line of romances which centered on medical professions and they stated that those who loved shows like Grey’s Anatomy might be suited to this line I was on board in a flash.
Of course, my journey to publication with Harlequin Medicals wasn’t a flash, but my voice fit there and it fit well enough that I was put through my paces by the editors at Mills & Boon. Ten revisions.
Plus the countless hours of research, because I’m not a physician. Before I was a writer I was a law clerk who dealt with claims from motor vehicle accidents, so I studied medical reports to make up medical briefs and I studied medical transcription. I had a basic knowledge. At least I knew how to spell the terms.
Safe in His Hands was two years of hard work, dedication and the drive to obtain my dream, because my dream since I decided to become a romance writer was always Harlequin and I’m proud to be counted amongst some of the most talented and kind authors who have taken me under their wing.
And there are some truly AMAZING new authors following up behind my debut *cough* Craving Her Rough Diamond Doc by Amalie Berlin *cough*.
As for all the doctor’s and other medical professions I’ve had the pleasure of encountering in my life and my children’s lives, well I don’t think there’s any way I could thank them.
Well, maybe have a secondary character named after my current GP. He’s a huge fan of Mills & Boon Medicals. He read them in college because his sister’s forced him too. I haven’t yet, but he likes to give me ‘ideas’. *shakes head*
Anyways, this is not where I pictured my career with Harlequin would start, but life never does work out according to plan, however this bend in the river is a great, exciting and awesome turn of events.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children.
Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.
You can find out more about Amy at her website http://www.amyruttan.com
Safe In His Hands
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