Month: November 2013

As a physician, I have always been intrigued with the definition of life and death, the various end-of-life scenarios and the boundaries that exist between them.  As an anesthesiologist, I feel I am even more intimately familiar with the fine line between life and death.  In fact, each time I put one of my patients to sleep, I purposely take them down to THE EDGE OF DEATH —for this is the very essence of anesthesia—and then bring them back.  So it’s no surprise really that several years ago while journal reading, one particular article jumped out at me.

The researchers, who were exploring cutting edge techniques in resuscitation medicine, noted that in patients who were newly declared dead, they could still demonstrate under the microscope, the presence of viable cells in various organs—sometimes even hours after death!  This was a staggering revelation to me, especially since it represented real science—not the realm of fiction.  So, I wondered what actually defines death?  Brain cell death?  Heart cell death? Liver or kidney cell death?  Hard to say.  But this begged the question—if the definition of death is so muddled, when does the soul know it’s time to flee the body?  What is the specific triggering mechanism?  Taking it one step further, what happens to the body if it is resuscitated, after the soul has left?

The Edge of Death flowed directly from those questions and represents a departure from straight medical thriller fiction into a dark supernatural or paranormal medical thriller, stretching the genre a bit.  Hopefully, this will not put off readers of conventional medical thrillers too much, but the story proved too powerful for me to ignore.  So, The Edge of Death was born—a supernatural thriller written from an authentic medical perspective—something new and unique.  Hopefully, readers will find it as compelling as I found it to write.

 

I work as an anesthesiologist and spend a good part of my life putting other people to sleep for all kinds of surgery. It’s very interesting and exciting—I get to interact with and help a lot of people in many different situations. However, the hours are tough (24 hour call shifts) and it can be a bit stressful!

One day it struck me—people place an extraordinary amount of trust in their anesthesiologist (someone they have often just met minutes beforehand) as they are being wheeled in the OR for surgery. Since I read a lot of thrillers, I couldn’t help but wonder—what if that trust is misplaced and their doctor is actually evil? I decided to write a book exploring this chilling concept. I don’t want to scare people because this is obviously fiction, but it’s the dark side of medicine-as-big-business. 12 years later, Adrenaline was published. The writing/publishing process was a real eye-opener! I learned the value of perseverance and belief in oneself to overcome obstacles.

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