The female Aussie surgeon in my next novel

samzheresamzhere BannedPosts: 10,923 Senior Member
This fall I asked the forumites here for help and suggestions regarding a new character for my Mitch King mysteries. She's loosely based on a real cardiologist who saw me last time I was in the hospital.

The doc was pretty, blonde, a Brit accent. She had a habit of twirling her stethoscope on her finger while she talked.

I only met her for 5 minutes but she was so sharp and cute that I wanted to use her as a template for a character in my Mitch King novel. I changed her to an Aussie, just for fun.

I got plenty of good suggestions here and I kept notes, but I had to put her on hold for the current book Blood Storm and save her for the 3rd novel Blood Turf.

I think she's going to become Mitch's true love. Haven't yet decided, but regardless, she'll make an interesting character.

I just finished the "introductory" chapter for her, Dr. Julia Markham. I can't post it here due to the language and to edit it would lose the humor of her personality.

If you'd like to read it, PM me and give me your email, and I'll send you a PDF of the chapter. Feedback will be appreciated.

Dan, I've already emailed the chapter to you.

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,375 Senior Member
    I'll check it out later today. have to take the daughter to get her wisdom teeth out.
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Eeek. Wisdom teeth. Hope the chapter will add a smile.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • englishbobenglishbob Member Posts: 35 Member
    Aussie female surgeons? You'll find plenty of them in British hsopital, trauma wards gaining the experience of shootings and stabbings that they'd never get back home.....

    I found them to be generally more of a "man" than a lot of guys would ever be, whilst still being more of a "woman" that a lot of guys could ever hope to get....!!!
    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Sir Winston Churchill
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    My prototype Aussie surgeon is quite a gal, too. She's tough minded and curses like an Aussie, er, sailor. And yes, you're right, thing is, both Aussies plus Kiwis, and Brit docs come to the US to get their fair share and more of violent trauma med experience. Britain has an increasing number of shootings and stabbings but any big US city tops that.

    Very smart, very independent, and therefore pretty sexy and modern. I've got some fun chapters scheduled for her in the new novel. Whether romance will be included, I've not yet decided. But fun nevertheless.

    My private detective protagonist has needed someone like this in his life a long time, someone who'll throw his BS right back at him. Naturally he's gunshy about this and part of the new novel will feature a "circle dance" between this surgeon and him.

    For example, at lunch, she goes into the detailed and graphic story about when youger, she and her friends would deliberately go swimming in shark-dangerous waters, on a dare. He draws it all in, and then she laughs "You Yanks! You'll believe anything anybody effing tells you." She's always setting him up like this and he never can decide how much is true.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »
    I got plenty of good suggestions here and I kept notes, but I had to put her on hold for the current book Blood Storm and save her for the 3rd novel Blood Turf.
    I was looking for an old thread but maybe it was before the new forums. I just finished Full Circle. I also saw two more of yours. Is that right? And this next one is the third in the Blood series?

    I really enjoyed Full Circle. As soon as I finish another I'm currently reading I'm going to buy Blood Spiral.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Okay -- Full Circle was my 1st Mitch King Mystery. I subsidy published it.

    Then Solstice Publishing acquired this book and my 2nd novel. Full Circle was renamed "Blood Spiral" and I rewrote sections of it. It was published by Solstice in spring 2011.

    The new novel, "Blood Storm" was just published in e-book format by Solstice and is now available via Amazon and at the solsticepublishng dot com site. All e-versions are 5 bucks (cheap, ha ha) and the print version will be out soon.

    I'm already working on the 3rd novel of the series, "Blood Turf".

    I've also just started on a different book entirely, a supernatural thriller about the Mayan apocalypse. Got to write fast on this, to get into the mix in time. The story line is very hush-hush and I just got the idea this morning.

    And I'm writing regular book reviews for omdb dot com (the online mystery mag Over My Dead Body). You're welcome to go there and read a few.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    The new supernatural thriller, yet untitled, I just wrote the first chapter. The first sentence of Chapter One is:

    "John McAnders laid the bloody knives carefully alongside the bodies of his family."

    It's gonna a be a rough ride, this book.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »
    Okay -- Full Circle was my 1st Mitch King Mystery. I subsidy published it.

    Then Solstice Publishing acquired this book and my 2nd novel. Full Circle was renamed "Blood Spiral" and I rewrote sections of it. It was published by Solstice in spring 2011.

    Any major changes in the storyline that I might need to know before proceeding with Blood Storm? Shoot me a PM if you've got the time.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Any major changes in the storyline that I might need to know before proceeding with Blood Storm? Shoot me a PM if you've got the time.

    No critical changes from the original Full Circle to the revised Blood Spiral. Only style and wording, nothing about the plot at all.

    So Blood Storm is a sequel to either of the previous novel formats. It starts a few months later and is also written to be a stand-alone novel. Anyone starting the series at that point is not required to go back to the previous novel.

    You can go forward with Blood Storm anytime. Hope you like it.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Oh, by the way, last year we had another thread where I asked for recommendations for a survellience vehicle my private detective could use that blended in with the surroundings.

    We had some excellent serious suggestions and some funny comic suggestions. One was this jacked up pickup with monster truck tires about 12 feet high. Nobody would ever notice that and it was a good laugh.

    In my novel Blood Storm we meet the Stealthmobile. It's similar to what some of the serious suggestions hinted at. It's a deliberately nondescript off-white Chevy van, a smaller model. It's deliberately generic. I didn't even research for a model type or year.

    My detective has a bunch of bogus signs to stick on the side, like ficticious home remodeling firms. He's got a couple small windows in the sides of the van where he can take videos.

    A client who owed him for some divorce work rebuilt the engine and ****, now the Stealthmobile is quiet and reliable.

    The Stealth is mostly used so the PI -- private investigator -- can take videos of guys on total disability playing touch football or golfing the back nine.

    So thanks to all for the recommendations, serious and comic both.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • Bham ShooterBham Shooter Senior Member Posts: 609 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »
    No critical changes from the original Full Circle to the revised Blood Spiral. Only style and wording, nothing about the plot at all.

    So Blood Storm is a sequel to either of the previous novel formats. It starts a few months later and is also written to be a stand-alone novel. Anyone starting the series at that point is not required to go back to the previous novel.

    You can go forward with Blood Storm anytime. Hope you like it.

    Thanks Sam. I'm currently about 4 days into a 14 day book rented from our local library on my Kindle. As soon as I finish that up I'll get Blood Storm.

    And your thread the other day about Texting, made me think of that line when Mitch had his new smartphone yanked from his belt holster.
    Buffco wrote: »
    Waah, waah... GET ON IT, DUDE.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Mitch of course isn't a luddite and uses technology all the time. Any modern PI would be lost without it. He jokes about the fictional PI who keeps his notes on the inside of matchbook covers from boxing gyms.

    He's got the iPhone, website, laptops, whatever is needed.

    But, as he says, no way he's going to walk around with a giant blue beetle stuck into his ear.

    Dan and I both greatly appreciate anyone who shells out the 5 bucks for our novels and we also are happy when someone enters a review of the book on Amazon or wherever.

    Right now I'm bushed, writing yesterday till about 2am and most of this morning. Just a DVD movie tonight, I think, where I'll likely doze off halfway through... Zzzzz...

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,694 Senior Member
    Good thing you're very cautious about plugging any of your writing.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
    .
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Good thing you're very cautious about plugging any of your writing.

    Who said anything about being cautious? What I do NOT do is insert a plug for the novel into another thread -- yeah, if the subject matter crosses something in my books, I may mention it, but that's no different from someone mentioning an event from their real life to illustrate a point. There, however, I don't talk about purchase sites or reviews or anything, just mention the book in passing.

    But this thread is specifically about my writing. You're perfectly free to skip over it, same as I might do for someone's thread about an AR build they did or talked about a recipe for marinade they concocted.

    Same exact thing. They reconstructed or rebuilt a weapon, or cooked some food, I built a story. If you create something and want to share it with the forum, I'm happy for you and promise not to post snide comments.

    Let me ask-- do you post comments in other people's threads about something they did, like selling a rifle or a truck? If you're concerned about my "caution" it's probably better that you just not open the thread.

    Reason for this thread was that I'd asked for recommendations and suggestions from the folks here, and I wanted to tell them thanks and that I'd used some of their help. Sorry to take the long message apparently needed to explain this. Everyone else seemed to catch on right away.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,101 Senior Member
    Edit: nevermind. Some people don't want to listen or learn.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,694 Senior Member
    samzhere wrote: »

    But this thread is specifically about my writing. You're perfectly free to skip over it, same as I might do for someone's thread about an AR build they did or talked about a recipe for marinade they concocted.

    The difference is that no one is trying to sell a marinade recipe.

    Same exact thing. They reconstructed or rebuilt a weapon, or cooked some food, I built a story. If you create something and want to share it with the forum, I'm happy for you and promise not to post snide comments.

    Again, none of the people that post those threads are ultimately trying to sell something.

    Let me ask-- do you post comments in other people's threads about something they did, like selling a rifle or a truck? If you're concerned about my "caution" it's probably better that you just not open the thread.


    you use semantics or your "play on words" to suggest that you're not trying to market anything but in reality you're bringing up your writing at every available opportunity. Apparently you feel that the folks on this forum are too simple to notice.



    Reason for this thread was that I'd asked for recommendations and suggestions from the folks here, and I wanted to tell them thanks and that I'd used some of their help. Sorry to take the long message apparently needed to explain this.


    Everyone else seemed to catch on right away.

    I think more people are " catching on" than you realize.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
    .
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    I think more people are " catching on" than you realize.

    Ah, yes, the current pogrom. I know it well.

    As I said, just skip any of my threads and you'll be a happier person. Nobody makes you read them. And I promise not to jump into your threads with snark comments.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,101 Senior Member
    Yeah, Steve, he'll leave that for the rest of us...
    Overkill is underrated.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Yeah, Steve, he'll leave that for the rest of us...

    I'm feelin' a bit nostalgic of late. We haven't had a good knock-down fight about 1911 GI plug/spring vs guide rod/hex wrench in several months. Ah, the good old days when this image would instill fear and trembling into many here:

    hex.jpg

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Look, bream, I may as well pick you for the reply person -- you personally have nothing to do with it....

    I'm a contrary cuss. This I have always been from the beginning, long before I became a cranky geezer on top of this. Which would generally be fine, and relegate me to just some grey-haired weirdo mumbling to himself in Kroger.

    But the curse is that I'm also a writer. Whether a good one is yet to be established, but I do write a lot, and have a certain skill with words. This usually means that I've got the skill, if not the restraint, to put my crankiness and grumpiness into words. Lots of words.

    That being, I often insert foot into mouth. Or, like my anatomy professor said, "I set my mouth to going and walk off and leave it running."

    From time to time I step onto toes without cause. If someone jerks my cord first, I'll respond, as most of us do. But sometimes I make bad with people who don't deserve it and I rightly catch hell for it. Did so recently by insulting a moderator in another thread, being catty when there was no excuse -- he didn't start it, I did.

    I need to apologize to those whom I've wronged. Those who deserve it, I'll continue to jump people's case. But I will honestly try to keep my trap shut otherwise. I'll continue to comment freely on many threads and won't avoid posting my opinion, right or wrong. What I'll do is work hard to avoid being a jerk.

    Thanks for listening, bream.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,101 Senior Member
    Sam, what's annoying is that quite honestly, we've explained things to you time and again and short of someone threatening to make your nose meet the occipital plate, you just don't get when you should lay off and let it die.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Well, sure. Try telling someone here who's totally enamored of the GI plug/spring that the guide rod is okay. See how far you get with that. Or arguing about a .270 (I think that's the "evil" caliber, right?) Or a Taurus. Or a Ron Paul supporter.

    We all have our quirks. I'm just not a candidate for a re-education camp. As I said, it's my personal nature to be argumentative. Nothing anyone says will alter that. I just have to be judicious and reign myself in from time to time. Explaining things to me just won't work. But I appreciate the reply nevertheless.

    People here may think that I hate others. I don't, really. I just like to argue and sometimes it gets away with me.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,375 Senior Member
    Sam, speaking of surveillance vehicles, a good friend of mine has a PI company that specializes in workers comp and disability type investigations. There vans are set up with periscopes that can accept video and still cameras. The top of the van has those vent covers often seen in conversion vans. The vent pops up a couple inches for "ventilation." In this case, it pops up a couple of inches and the periscope can be utilized for 360 surveillance and video. Pretty cool.
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,101 Senior Member
    Sam, that is not what I speak of.

    Two things off the top of my head:
    Your obsession for a while with the use of the term "ladies" for firearms.
    The grammatical and spelling corrections.

    These are both things that were explained, numerous times to you, that you didn't let go. It took until you well and truly insulted folks and got a good talking to for you to stop doing it. Before that you brought it up, quite regularly, and used demeaning language to those who were in "violation" of these behaviors.

    Even what I'm posting here is something that's been brought up again and again. You do come onto threads and make snarky remarks in condescending manner and then refuse to hear anything of it. That's not being argumentative. That's poor manners.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Dan, good idea on the turret. I may add that to the Stealthmobile in the next book.

    And Bream, yes, I know. Some folks here refer to firearms as their "ladies" and I've even seen "children" which makes me wince. I've however recently been brought to task for this criticism and won't do it again.

    And I've sworn off "grammarman" quite some time ago. I only use it if someone uses egregious spelling or grammar while trying to spike me. I figure it's open season on that posting. But I've not criticized anyone otherwise about bad grammar. Some folks learn ESL (English as a second language) and they're doing the best they can.

    So we're done on this, I think. Anyone expects me to not use sarcasm in my posts should skip reading them. So long as the sarcasm is on the item and not the person, I figure it's okay. Others make fun of a Taurus firearm or a guide-rod 1911 all the time and nobody calls foul.

    I mean, people tease Buffy all the time about, what is it, sheep -- some animal, I forget? Have you EVER read a complaint in a thread about this? Next time this happens, y'all feel free to jump in and criticize the person who made the joke, okay? Same for catty comments about Taurus or guide rods. I expect to see stalwart defenses and indignant criticism against jokes made on these innocent girls.

    My picking on the ladies who play football in Pittsburgh is equivalent to others making fun of Taurus firearms owners. So all you righteous defenders of the code of ethics, be watchful, lest anyone stray into criticizing another's preference.

    Meantime I do apologize AGAIN to having made rude remarks to Wambli about his calling his firearms ladies or women or girls. And mentioning the grammar thing is old hat now.

    Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
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