My good friend and fellow WordPress blogger Carrie Rubin released her debut novel last month and it’s so good that I just had to share it with you. Yes, I bought a copy the day it came out and I loved it! I sat down with Carrie and asked her the questions we were all dying to know the answers to. You can thank me later.
Her new novel, The Seneca Scourge, is a medical thriller. Oh, did I tell you she’s a doctor too? How cool is that? And not only am I giving you all the information that you need in order to buy yourself a copy of her book (available in electronic version now, paperback version coming soon), she is also giving away a FREE copy to one lucky commenter! That’s right, leave a comment below and tomorrow I will put your names in a hat and choose a lucky winner for a free copy of Carrie’s book. Good luck and bring on the comments!
Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist whose arrival coincides with the virus’s advent, and whose presence raises more questions than answers. As scientists around the world search for an explanation for the virus’s high mortality rate, Sydney’s distrust of Casper grows, especially after she discovers him injecting an unidentified substance into her patient. Despite a heavy patient load, rebuttals from her boss, and an increasingly strained relationship with her boyfriend, Sydney is determined to learn the truth. But what she finds will plunge her into danger and change her life forever…
Me: Carrie, welcome to my blog. I’m really glad that you had a few minutes to sit with me and answer a few questions. Here we go. When did you know you wanted to write a book?
Carrie: Back when I wore bell bottoms and a white T-shirt emblazoned with a rainbow. My few early attempts were as embarrassing as those clothes. In 2001, more serious efforts set in.
Me: How long did it take to write and why?
Carrie: I chronicled my journey in a post entitled My Road to Publication Is Paved With Yawns on my blog. But the short version is, I wrote a novel in 2001-2002. It stunk. I started The Seneca Scourge in 2003, which I tinkered with on and off for several years, querying here and there, until I finally snagged a small publisher in 2011. The process would have been quicker had life and work not intervened.
Me: How much has your medical background helped with your book?
Carrie: 110%. They say write what you know, and that’s what I did. I suppose going to medical school, suffering residency, getting a master’s degree in public health, and logging hours in the clinic represents the long road to writing a novel, but the knowledge did come in handy…
Me: How did you find time with a full time job in the medical profession as well as a husband and two boys?
Carrie: When I first wrote the book, I was on childcare leave—two young boys to relish. After returning to work, I stuck with mostly part-time hours. But to be honest, in my busiest employment years, I wrote very little, which is why the book’s fruition took so long.
Me: Any plans for another book in the near future?
Carrie: I am outlining one at present. It will involve medicine. It will include a killer. Never a good combination.
Me: Thank you Carrie for taking the time to answer my questions and good luck with your book sales and with your new work in progress!
Carrie: Thanks so much, Wendy for interviewing me on your blog. I appreciate your generosity in giving me an opportunity to spread the word about The Seneca Scourge. And if I can make the killer in my new novel anywhere near as creepy and scary as the one in your book, A Mother’s Love, then I’ll whistle and cartwheel down the hall.