Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #4
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Is there a Doctor in the House?
Yes, indeed, there is, because I’m happy to be hosting Richard Mabry, M.D. today. What fun! Dr. Mabry spent 36 years practicing medicine, but he also served in the U.S. Air Force, was a music minister and even played semi-pro baseball at one time. He’s taken all those great experiences and thrown them in his creative melting pot and now writes medical suspense with heart.
The great cover on his new book and the following summary for Medical Judgment promises plenty of suspense and story action.
Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. Her late husband’s best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, but both appear to be vying for her affection as well. Sarah finds herself in constant fear as the process plays out. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?
Now let’s turn the podium over to Dr. Mabry.
Picture the writer, drowning in a sea of doubt, deadlines, and despair. Will they ever have their work published? If it does, will it sell? Will there be a second novel? If so, can they get it published? And on it goes. An author sometimes feels like a sailor clinging to wreckage, trying to stay afloat. And there are times when the poor soul just lets go and disappears into the depths of the sea.
Think a successful writer never has this problem? Medical Judgment will be my tenth published novel. I’ve also had a couple of novellas, numerous articles, and one non-fiction book published. Yet not only do I continue to have the same doubts as detailed above, there was a time when I completely let go of my writing ambition. I quit! Fortunately, through a series of events that were nothing less than divinely directed, I obtained representation by a great agent and got my first fiction contract. I quit. God didn’t.
There’s another way we can let go, and this isn’t a bad thing. I still recall singing the chorus, “Let go and let God have His wonderful way.” I have to think about that from time to time, especially when I lose sight of why I want to write in the first place. That’s when I have to turn my novel over to the One who got me into this in the first place. That’s letting go that’s a good thing.
When I re-read the non-fiction book that started me on the road to writing, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse, I honestly don’t remember putting some of the words on paper. That’s because I wanted God to come through the chapters of that book. I let go.
Writers can let go of their writing and sink, never to be heard from again. Or they can let go of their writing and remember why they’re doing it in the first place. Their reason, and the actions that follow, make all the difference in the world.
Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” Medical Judgment is his tenth published novel.
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