Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Richard L. Mabry, MD

Is there a story behind your book, Heart Failure?
            I’d read a news story about the witness protection program (actually, it’s called “witness security” or “WitSec”) and wondered what would happen if someone in it, maybe a good person, decided to break free and go out on his own. What if he’d started to plant roots, even fell in love with someone in the area…and then, the people hunting him found him. That was the seed from which Heart Failure sprouted.

What started you on your writing journey?
            When my wife of forty years suffered a catastrophic stroke and died, a bit of me died with her. I used journaling as a coping tool, and a friend read the material and suggested I share it with others, maybe as a book. Since I had no idea how to do this, I attended a writer’s conference. Not only did I begin to understand both writing and publishing, but at the conference I was encouraged by some talented writers, including James Scott Bell, to try my hand at fiction.
            After the publication of The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse, I worked hard to learn the craft of writing fiction. After four years spent writing four novels that garnered forty rejections, I got my first contract for a novel that was published as Code Blue. Since that time I’ve been blessed, and Heart Failure will be my sixth published novel.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
            Even before I was writing, I was a voracious reader, especially mysteries, crime fiction, and police procedurals. I’ve read all the novels of Robert B. Parker, Ross Thomas, John D. MacDonald, and Agatha Christie. So far as writers who are still alive, I like books by James Scott Bell, Alton Gansky, and a host of others—really, too many to list.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
            I think I had the hardest time capturing the feelings and actions of the male lead, Adam Davidson. During the book, he is continually torn between his love for his newfound fiancé and an innate desire to run away once more in an effort to save his life. It was tough to put myself in Adam’s shoes as he finds himself turning from a non-violent person to one willing to do anything to protect the woman he loves.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
            Baseball has been a part of my life since I was old enough to throw a ball. When I was in my 50’s, I attended a major league baseball fantasy camp, where I got to play baseball and meet childhood heroes like Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Enos Slaughter, Brooks Robinson, and a host of others. I still have the uniform I wore…although apparently the laundry has caused it to shrink.

What is your strangest habit?
            Although I strongly deny I have any strange habits, my family says I border on obsessive-compulsive when it comes to picking things up. They don’t dare put down a glass or cup before they’ve finished with the contents, or it ends up in the dishwasher.
            I suppose there was a preview of this while I was in college, working in the chemistry department stock room. I found a rolling table with a bunch of chemicals and equipment on it, and put them back on the shelves where they belonged. As I finished, a professor stuck his head in the door and asked if I’d seen the material he’d spent an hour putting together for a demonstration in his class. (No, I didn’t ‘fess up. I just volunteered to get the material he needed and load it on a cart).

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
            Other than watching the antics of our grandchildren, especially when they were small, I suppose the answer to that would be episodes of certain TV sitcoms. One of my favorites is the episode of Frasier where the two brothers buy a restaurant—specifically, the scene where each brother adds more and more liquor to the cherries jubilee until Ros flames it, we hear a bang, and she returns to the kitchen with her hair sticking straight out in all directions. (I’m smiling as I picture it now).

What is your favorite season of the year? 
            That one’s easy: spring. The weather is getting good enough for golf, and all the baseball teams are starting spring training.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
            After Cynthia died, I came back to this verse again and again: Romans 8:38-39. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
            Then, as I wrote one of my novels, I was struck by the truth of this one, and I now use it when I sign my books: Psalm 139: 1-4. (excerpted below)
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me…Even before there is a word on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, You know it all.”

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
            My next book is Critical Condition, due out April 15, 2014. Here’s a bit about it:
What began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier’s colleague became a nightmare when a man was shot dead on her lawn, reviving emotions from a traumatic incident a decade ago.
Shannon struggles with fears that her sister is back on drugs, fights her inability to commit to her “almost-fiancé,” and feels her world crumble when she learns her father is fighting cancer.
Surely it couldn’t get worse. Then the late night, threatening phone calls began.

Back Cover Blurb

When her fiancé’s dangerous secrets turn her world upside-down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves—and thought she knew.

Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her.
When he confesses that Adam isn’t his real name and that he fled the witness protection program, Carrie is left with an impossible choice: should she abandon the fiancé she isn’t sure she really knows, or accept his claim of innocence and help him fight back against this faceless menace?

While Carrie struggles to decide whether to follow her heart or her head, the threats against them continue to escalate. Her life—as well as Adam’s—depends on making the right choice . . . and the clock is ticking.

To buy his book:
Barnes & Noble
Independent bookstores

About Richard:

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, past Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and the author of six published novels of medical suspense. His books have been finalists in competitions including ACFW’s Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year. His novel, Lethal Remedy, won a 2012 Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. His last medical thriller, Stress Test (Thomas Nelson), garnered rave reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. Richard’s latest novel, Heart Failure, releases on October 15.

To connect with Richard:
Blog: http://

Richard L. Mabry, MD is giving away a copy of Heart Failure. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!

Sandra M. Hart


squiresj said...

I would love to win your book and review it.
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Amy C said...

Nice interview with Richard. Thank you for sharing.
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Susan Johnson said...

It was nice to "meet" Dr. Mabry. I loved his Prescription for Trouble Series, and this book looks just as good.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read dr mabry's latest novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Loved learning more about Dr. Mabry! And I'd love to win Heart Failure. pat at ptbradley dot com

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks to you all for your comments and kind words, and to the folks at Barn Door for this opportunity to let everyone know about my strange, sometimes quirky life.

Library Lady said...

We have Richard's books in the church library.
I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Patty said...

What a situation to find yourself in! WitSec would be a difficult life..


Linda Kish said...

I love to read Dr. Mabry's books. They never disappoint me.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Sara Johns said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Sara Johns said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks to everyone for their comments, and good luck to each of you. Wish you could all win. (Then again, if you did, who'd buy the book?)

Anonymous said...

I'm a nurse and would like to win and read your book of medical drama. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anne Rightler said...

Have just finished reading 2 of your books and enjoyed them. Would love to have a copy of your new one. Thank you for sharing.

bonton said...

I enjoyed your interview, Richard!

The storyline of your book is interesting, & I would love to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Anonymous said...

I would really like to win Richard's book. Thank you girls for giving me a chance to do so.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Boos Mum said...

I have not read a Richard Mabry book yet. Please enter me. Thanks.

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