I’m not a Doctor

Yet, I found my niche in Harlequin writing Medical Romances, which is romances about doctors. And yeah, I’m so not a doctor.

I thought I would do a post on this today because yesterday I got into a conversation with someone about how much research I do. The answer, I do a lot.

Like all books that requires a lot of research, it is a balancing act. How much detail do I put in? And the focus of Medical Romances is romance.

I do have a bit of a medical background. For a decade I worked as a Law Clerk in Personal Injury and Workplace Safety Law. I would have to read through scads of medical records. Then, for 2 years I transcribed medical records. Medical words I could spell, but procedures yeah I needed a bit more info.

So I thought I would just share how I go about my research.

I read medical papers online, watch videos (actually yesterday was the first time I watched a C-section from beginning to end of Quintuplets and my stomach didn’t turn) and of course read books.

My husband did question my need for a Physician’s Desk Reference, but I’m glad I have and he is now too.

On the advice of one of my good medical author friends she suggested:

Body Trauma: A Writer’s Guide to Wounds and Injuries by David W. Page

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And then I went on to buy:

Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist’s Medical Desk Reference by the Army

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The Anatomy Coloring Book (4th Edition)

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I’ve also added a bunch more to my wish list! Including some expensive surgical text books, just can’t quite justify them yet.

So yes, I do a bunch of research when I write a medical romance. Thankfully, my family doctor is very eager to answer my questions as well …though he likes to suggest plot twists which sounds more like a murder mystery than a romance. 😉

Writers how much research do you put into your books? How do you keep that information organized? Any tips to share?

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