Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Character Interview ~ L.M.Nelson #booksgs @authorlmnelson

 Let's give a warm welcome to contemporary romance author, 

Before we crack on with the 'character interview,' let's take a quick look at the book!

Sand and Sutures, the second book in the Scrubs series, follows Randy Hanson, Jim Ryan, and Bruce Buckman into their residency, where they continue their specialized medical training.  As they work to establish their reputations as physicians, they struggle to find balance between their careers and their responsibilities as husbands and fathers.  Throughout this journey, they celebrate successes, encounter unexpected hurdles, and help each other navigate through some of life’s most difficult challenges.


Now for the interview...

MY: Welcome to the blog. Firstly, would you please introduce yourself to my readers.

JH: Certainly.  I’m Dr. Johnathan Randal Hanson, but my friends and family call me Randy.  I recently graduated from UCSF Medical School and am currently doing my OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington.  I’m planning to practice medicine with my father when I finally finish all of this.

MY: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

JH: My home is and always will be Seattle.  I can kinda picture myself living the life of a beach bum, though.  Water is my home away from home.  I certainly wouldn’t mind soaking up life in the sand and surf.

MY: What would you consider to be your greatest strength?

JH: Oh man.  That’s a tricky question.  I think I would have to say it’s my ability to communicate with people.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a pretty social person.  I make friends easily and seem to connect with people.  I’ve found that this ability has made me a better doctor.  I establish rapport with my patients, and I think because of this, they find me easy to talk to.  When my patients feel comfortable with me, they open up more, which makes treating them easier.

MY: What is your biggest regret?

JH:  I wish I would have established a closer relationship with my brother.  He’s always been a mixed up kid, but if I would have put forth more of an effort to connect with him, he might not have some of the problems he has today.  There were times when he needed his big brother’s guidance, but I was always so wrapped up in myself and medical school that I kind of neglected him.  I think that if I would have had a stronger bond with him, he wouldn’t feel so lost now.

MY: Describe your perfect day.

JH: Hanging out at the beach with my wife.  The sound of the waves splashing on the shore relaxes me, and conversations with my wife take my mind off the pressures of work for a while.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.

MY: Have you ever swum naked?

JH: Oh yes.  On my honeymoon in Bermuda.  That’s all I will say about that.

MY: What is your most embarrassing memory?

JH: Medical School was loaded with embarrassing moments.  But I think the most humiliating thing that ever happened to me was on the first day of my Psychiatry rotation.  My attending physician threw a patient file in my face and demanded that I give him a diagnosis.  Took me completely off guard.  Mind you, I had barely walked in the door and had no time to even look at the patient’s symptoms.  When I couldn’t give him an answer, he reprimanded me right there in his office.  Totally embarrassing.  I spent the whole night researching symptoms to come up with a full report for this guy by morning.  I’ve never been so humiliated in my life.

MY: Fine dining or a picnic? 
JH: Depends on who I’m with.  I love taking my wife out on romantic dinner dates, but at the same time there’s nothing more fun than packing up a picnic lunch and hanging out at the park.  Definitely love to mix it up. 

MY: What makes you angry?
JH: You mess with my wife, you mess with me.

MY: If you could choose a magic power, what would it be? 

JH: Flight, without a doubt.  I love to fly.  In fact, it’s always been a dream of mine to learn to fly an airplane.  That might be something I pursue in the future, if my schedule ever dies down.

Shall we take a peek between the covers of the book...? 

Down in the ER, the ambulance wheeled in a patient who was vomiting, seizing, and drifting in and out of consciousness.  These symptoms, along with the rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, hyperthermia, and sweating, lead the ER staff to believe the patient was suffering from a drug overdose.  His breathing became weak. 

    “Get an IV started on this patient.”  The doctor hooked him up to a cardiac monitoring system and gave him a sedative to decrease the elevated heart rate and blood pressure. 

    The EMT handed the doctor a small vial full of white powder.   “We found this on him.”

    The doctor examined the vial’s contents.  It appeared to be cocaine.  “Thank you.”  He handed the vial to a tech and said, “Send this and a blood sample down to the lab, asap.”

    “Yes, Doctor.”

    They injected the patient with drugs to manage seizures and minimize the stimulant effects on the Central Nervous System.  To lower the patient’s core body temperature, the ER crew used convection cooling methods, which involved spraying the patient’s exposed body with tepid water while fans circulated air. 
    “Is there any ID on this patient?  Did he come in with anyone?”

    A nurse brought a wallet and a cellphone over to the doctor.  “This is all we found.”

    He flipped through the patient’s wallet searching for any form of identification.  “Alright, call toxicology.  I’ll notify the family.”

    In the middle of his coffee break, Randy received a page.  “Great,” he said, glancing down at his phone.  “What’s going on now?”

    “Who is it?” Greg asked.

    “The ER.  Guess I better head down there.”  He gulped down the last of his coffee and rose to his feet.  “I’ll talk to you later, Greg.”  He tossed his cup in the trash and rushed down to the Emergency Room. 

    When he arrived, the ER physician on duty said, “Thank you for your prompt response, Dr. Hanson.”

    “No problem, Dr. Gallagher.  What’s up?”

    “Will you come with me for a minute, please?”

    He led Randy to a private room where his parents sat waiting.  Surprised to see them, Randy asked, “What are you guys doing here?”

    “Sit down, Randy,” his father insisted.

    “Why?  What’s going on?” 

    Dr. Gallagher answered, “Robert Hanson was brought in via ambulance about 45 minutes ago.”

    “Robby?”  Randy decided he better sit down.  


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About the author 
L.M. Nelson is certified teacher and CPR/First Aid instructor.  She enjoys poetry, music, photography, gardening, reading, and nature walks.  Aside from her debut novel, Scrubs, she has written several poems, some of which have been selected for literary magazines and published in a poetry collection entitled World Treasury of Great Poems, Vol. II.  She co-wrote the article, ‘Gifted and Talented Education at the Close of the Decade of the Brain’, which was published in the educational journal Perspectives: Idaho Association of School Administrators, Vol. XVI, No. 1.

L.M. Nelson grew up in California and the Pacific Northwest, but currently resides in South Central Texas with her husband and two children.  She is a member of the Texas Association of Authors, the Texas Authors Institute, and Romance Writers of America. 
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