Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
A big hi to everyone, and thank you Fiona for the invite. My name is Barbara Ebel, aka the “Credible Medical Fiction Writer.” I’m between middle and old age, whatever those ages are!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from all over the place in the eastern U.S., but now my home is in TN.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a retired M.D., not because I want to be, but because both my shoulders are disabled. I was a physiciananesthesiologist, and you really need your shoulders and arms to practice safelyin that surgical specialty.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I beat cancer in the last few months, but I’m still undergoing treatments. The thing that keeps me going and my spirits up (besides my writing)….is my 1 ½ year old Border Collie. I make myself do agility work with him. He’s much better than me at what we do.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
You gleamed the reason why. I’ve been writing for over 10 years and I write what I know!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My career as an author became more imbedded once there was an income stream, which kind-of validated what I was doing. Now I’m a USA Today Bestseller, so I guess my career is solidified!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
LOL! Don’t ask. Let’s just say I think I have an app in my brain which is so full of fodder, it would leak out if I didn’t get the words out.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Like most authors, I think my style is part of who I am. The genre is easy since I’m writing many situations that I tended to see over my career.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I mostly use places I have lived in as the main geographical settings for my novels. But, yes, occasionally I use some of the exotic places I’ve travelled to, and use them when I later write.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I pick out all the pictures I want to use for a cover, often sketch out what I want, and use the same fellow all these years to put it together for me. That way, there’s a second person involved to counter-balance my conception of them.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
Readers often learn a lot about the area of medicine I am writing about. I don’t make it up, and I’m not called the “Credible Medical Fiction Writer” for nothing. J
For instance, the Dr. Annabel Tilson series features six books of a medical student’s rotations: surgery, psychiatry, medicine, ob/gyn, and pediatrics. Readers will learn quite a bit about those specialties as they read those suspense novels.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Honestly, I skip around a lot with my reading, and don’t have a favorite author. Probably my favorite book in the last year or two was “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Better yet, there was something to learn after the writing of my last book. Real life health care workers were insulted because their profession was chosen to depict the fictionalvillians in my novel. I learned that there are people out there who now take things personally in books. However, every one of my books has a villain or villainess. One of my books even depicted a pediatrician as a pedophile. I mean, it doesn’t get any worse than that, yet no pediatricians in the country slammed me with a campaign of personal and hateful one-star reviews.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Depends on which novel. I have written12!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you love what you are doing, keep at it. But don’t quit your day job unless it looks like you’re going to be successful—depending on what that means to you.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Friends and faithful readers of my novels know I give out a lot of hugs … both real and ‘virtual.’ So, lots of hugs and Happy New Year too!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Toward the Midnight Sun by Eoin Dempsey
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was a book of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The loss of three long-term family pets this last summer was a tear-jerker. But now, my Border Collie makes me smile and laugh every day.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Pope Francis, probably the holiest, compassionate, and exemplary man that has been in that ‘office’ for a long time.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
There have been many, but the thing is, they are diminishing only because of the toll that advancing age plays on joints!
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Darn, I like too many types of food and many genres of music. I go on binges, like listen to all country music for awhile, and then I’ll switch to a particular artist like Ed Sheeran, etc. And colors? I like, and wear, fall colors the most!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would figure it out in a hurry because I can’t be non-productive!
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Walking my dog in the secluded wildlife area in which I live and saying good-bye to loved ones.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Ha, ha. Being an anesthesiologist, I did happen to ‘save’ some lives. However, in my ‘retirement,’ I’ve been known to be called “The Dog Lady.” That would fit on a headstone!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Thanksagain for hosting me! Here are important links:
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Twitter handle: @barbaraebel