by Steven Gossington
on Tour February 1-29, 2016
When a doctor loses everything and is forced to start over, he finds himself in a strange town filled with addiction and mental illness. Now he must find a way to survive his dark and deadly patients … Dr. Aaron Rovsing, Family Practice Physician, is charged with incompetence and fired from his medical practice in Connecticut. After he flees and starts over in a town in East Texas, he discovers that things are not as they first appear, and soon Aaron must combat the deranged and addicted minds of the townspeople. But things take a deadly turn when he finds himself the next chosen victim of a serial killer who plans to add the doctor to his collection of skeletons. In this town of insanity and with a serial killer waiting to strike, how can Aaron manage to stay sane . . . and alive?
Book Details:Genre: Suspense Published by: Self-Published Publication Date: November 2015 Number of Pages: 392 ISBN: 9781518804236 Purchase Links:
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Author Bio:Steven Gossington is an emergency room physician with over 30 years of patient care experience. For 11 years, he was an academic professor in emergency medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and he published 20 book chapters and medical articles of original research. His enjoyment of mystery and suspense fiction and his love of writing led to his first novel Fractured Eden, a psychological suspense story in which he draws upon his extensive experience with mentally ill emergency room patients.
1. “When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?”
- I realized that I enjoyed writing when I was a teacher in academic medicine and published book chapters and journal articles. The challenges of the writing process itself - and the occasional positive responses from readers - hooked me for life.
2. “How long does it take you to write a book?”
- I’m working now on two other novels. I feel that I can complete a novel, including the first draft and subsequent revisions,in one year (or less if the revision process goes well).
3. “What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?”
- I write on my days off work (from my day job) and early in the morning before work.
4. “What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?”
- I like to incorporate compelling ER patient stories into my plots.
5. “How do books get published?”
- In recent years, it’s more difficult to find a literary agent and/or a publishing company for your work, so self-publishing has gained a lot of momentum as a faster and more manageable route to publication.
7. “When did you write your first book and how old were you?”
- I was already an adult when I published my first nonfiction travel book in 2001. I wrote my first novel in about 1994-5 (it wasn’t published), and I finally published my debut novel in 2015.
8. “What do you like to do when you’re not writing?”
- My hobby is searching for, and writing about, Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the Disney Cruise ships.
9. “What does your family think of your writing?”
- My wife and son are supportive of my writing passion, and I bounce story ideas off them from time to time.
11. “How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?”
- I’ve written four travel books: one that I updated annually for 10 years then discontinued, and three books in the Hidden Mickeys series (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the Disney Cruise Ships) that I update every two years. I recently published my first novel “Fractured Eden.” I enjoyed working on every one of these books. Maybe after I publish more novels, I’ll gravitate toward a favorite one.
12. “Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?”
- The most significant help to me was working with an experienced editor. After completing the first draft, the next phase for an author is the editing and revising process, which is critically important for quality writing. During the revision stage, an editor can gauge the author’s writing style and recommend specific resources for study that would be most helpful for the author.
13. “Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?”
- I hear from my Hidden Mickeys book fans almost every day. I’m hearing from a few fiction readers about my debut novel, and most of their comments are positive, so that is extremely reassuring to me. I try to learn from any negative comments.
15. “What do you think makes a good story?”
- A good story has a compelling lead character who faces a series of obstacles and challenges to his or her mission and who eventually prevails in the important final battles and changes into a wiser and stronger person.
16. “What would you like my readers to know?”
- A well-written novel, like a captivating painting, can endure. At least, a writer can aspire to create a novel that continues to entertain new readers over the years. Whether the final product endures or not, the author can experience personal fulfillment during the writing journey.