September 2, 2014:
The numbers are in for August. The Edge of Death, the ebook, was downloaded over 25,000 times in August!! Just like in March, most of these downloads occurred during the 5-day free sale on Amazon, August 10th–14th. However this time, paid sales of ADRENALINE also spiked, propelling ADRENALINE up to the #2 spot on the Amazon PAID medical thriller list!!! I again attribute much of the success of the free sale to BookBub, which promoted The Edge of Death. Thanks to all who participated in the sale!!
April 5, 2014: The numbers are in for March. ADRENALINE, the ebook, was downloaded over 70,000 times in March!!! Full disclosure—most of these downloads occurred during the 5-day free sale on Amazon March 17th-21st. But the exposure is still awesome and totally unexpected. During the 5-day sale, ADRENALINE rose to the #1 medical thriller in the Kindle free store. After the free sale, ADRENALINE cracked the top ten medical thrillers in the paid Kindle store, alongside Robin Cook, Patricia Cornwell and Tess Gerritsen. I attribute much of the success of the free sale to BookBub, which promoted ADRENALINE. I also advertised the sale on DigitalBookToday and Free-ebooks. Thanks to all who participated in the sale!!
March 1st, 2014:
This morning, I participated in the Medical Matters radio show on WHP-580. Many thanks to my co-hosts Dr. Peter Brier and Kelly McCormick who were very friendly and made me feel comfortable in the studio. Also thanks to Dr. Brett DeLone who helped arrange the interview. We chatted about the medical underpinnings (definition of life, death, etc.) of my new medical thriller, The Edge of Death and spoke of the writing process in general. Hopefully a podcast of the show will be available soon on WHP-580 Harrisburg website to anyone who wasn’t up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning! I’ll also try to post a copy to my website.
February 4th, 2014: Today, I had the privilege of being a guest on abc27’s Good Day PA with host Amy Kehm. She was very gracious and helped put me at ease, as I was a tad nervous about being on live TV. We talked about my new book, The Edge of Death, and the premise behind it. She asked me what set my books apart. I explained that what I strive for, in addition to telling a good story, is to bring medical authenticity to my work, adding a sense of realism that many current TV shows, movies and even novels lack. I also mentioned that The Edge of Death was the sequel to Adrenaline, which was released back in 2005. A video clip of the interview is posted under media. You can compare it to my old 2006 TV interview, complete with mustache, if you’re so inclined.
January 8th, 2014:
Today, I found myself in the studio of radio station Z-Country 107, courtesy of Jenna Clay and Chachi Angelo. (See a picture of the three of us under photos.) The two hosts, who could not have been nicer, asked me questions about The Edge of Death and the writing process in general. They posted links to my website on the Z-107 Facebook page and helped me spread the word about both books. During the morning show, I also had to judge the best 20-second drinking story from the listening audience. It was tough! But all-in-all, it was a terrific experience and I had a blast! Special thanks to Jenna Clay, who invited me to stop by. (Jenna was also the WGAL-TV news reporter who interviewed me 8 years ago about Adrenaline. The video is posted under media.)
December 18, 2013:
I signed books (The Edge of Death and Adrenaline) today in the Holy Spirit Hospital Gift Shop, thanks to the kind support of Rosemary Burke. It was a great success! I sold out of the 75 books I brought along, and a good time was had by all. See 2 new pictures of the event, with Michelle and Krista, posted in the photos section. I am going to resupply the Gift Shop with signed copies of both books for people who couldn’t make the original event. Thanks to all who attended!
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.