Monday, October 21, 2013

Richard L. Mabry's "Heart Failure"

Title: Heart Failure
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing

Cover blurb:
When her fiancé’s dangerous secrets turn her world upside-down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves—and thought she knew.
Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her.
When he confesses that Adam isn’t his real name and that he fled the witness protection program, Carrie is left with an impossible choice: should she abandon the fiancé she isn’t sure she really knows, or accept his claim of innocence and help him fight back against a faceless menace? 

1) How did this story come to you?
The basic idea of a man who left the Witness Protection Program and struck out on his own, constantly looking over his shoulder, came from a newspaper article. I took that and wondered, “What if, in his new location, he fell in love and got engaged? Would he tell his fiancé? And what if someone came looking for him?” After that, the characters sort of directed me through the rest of the plot.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Getting all my novels published has involved a struggle. Before I received my first contract I wrote for four years, producing four novels (including multiple versions thereof) and garnering forty rejections. My initial contract for one book led to others, and once the snowball started rolling, it’s continued its journey despite a few hiccups. Heart Failure is my sixth novel, the third one published by Thomas Nelson. 

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) After I got my grade on my first Gross Anatomy practical exam during my freshman year in medical school, I seriously considered other career options.
2) I served almost three years as a doctor in the Air Force, including participating in a helicopter rescue of a seaman from a merchant ship, but to this day I’m afraid of heights.
3) I’m a proud Texan but don’t have a Western hat, and there’s a thick layer of dust on the cowboy boots sitting in my closet.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’ve recently completed the final edits on Critical Condition, which Thomas Nelson will release in April of next year. While I wait (and market the books I already have in print), I’ve been writing on my next book, working title Surgical Judgment. It begins when a gunman bursts into the ER with his brother, the victim of a gunshot wound. The gunman is holding a pistol to the head of an ER nurse whom the doctor has dated several times. The man threatens to kill both her and the doctor if his brother dies. The resolution of that situation makes the doctor and nurse targets of what they perceive as revenge killings, so that they must work to save their own lives while trying to sort out their relationship. 

5) Parting comments?
Dawn, thanks for having me here. Final thoughts? How about this sign I saw recently in a restaurant. “If you like our food, tell others. If you don’t, keep coming back. Maybe it will grow on you.” To my readers, I hope you’ll like my books, but if you don’t like the first one you pick up, please give me another try. Maybe my writing will grow on you.
Seriously, I appreciate the loyal support of all my readers, as well as the helping hand and kind words from writers who’ve been friends and mentors to me on my road to writing. 

6) Where can fans find you on the Internet?
My web page is I blog twice weekly at Fans can follow me on Facebook (my fan page is rmabrybooks) and Twitter (RichardMabry). And, of course, they can email me at Dr R L Mabry at yahoo dot com (removing the spaces, of course).


  1. You can never go wrong with a Dr. Mabry novel. Always filled with suspense!

  2. Hi, Dawn and Dr. Mabry. I read Code Blue and enjoyed it. Please enter me in the giveaway. This sounds like an exciting book with lots of action.

    susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

  3. You have been on my wish list for some time. Thank you for this great interview.

    wwchildren at gmail dot com

  4. I love medical mysteries, having a medical background myself. I've heard so many good thing about Dr. Mabry's books, and the last couple of reviews I've read for Heart Failure were outstanding. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks so much for featuring Dr. Mabry on your blog.

  5. Thanks to everyone for your comments. Were any of you surprised at the "three things" answers?

  6. Having read all your other books I am so looking forward to reading this one!!


  7. That was a great interview. I was surprised by the fear of heights. Air Force and fear of heights seem diametrically opposed. My high school senior English teacher told us to use diametrically opposed in our college papers to impress the profs. Thanks for the opportunity to use the expression again all these years later!

    I would love to win the book. You are in a great profession for writing. All the people you see under the stress of having failings of health makes for interesting storylines.


  8. Forgot: I am a follower..

  9. I have read his other books and enjoy them - would love to read this one. SeekingHim at gmail dot com

    I'm also an email subber.

  10. I read the Prescription for Trouble series and loved it. I am looking forward to reading this new book.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  11. Oh my goodness, I just love his books and would love to read this one.
    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

  12. Love to read medical mysteries rose blackard at gmail dot com

  13. I'm going to bookmark these comments and come back to them the next time I feel down. Thank you so much. Wish everyone could win.
    Before reading this blog post, did you know very much about the Witness Security Program?

  14. I really enjoy Dr. Mabry's books. I reviewed his "Stress Test" and am avidly awaiting this one. Having 2 nurses in my bundle of kids and a cardiac rehab therapist as well, they get thoroughly read before being passed along to the Christian school where I work for their library. :)

    Dr. Marbry, I as surprised at the "almost picked another field" after your gross anat. test. But then I have heard that particular course is the weeder-outer of med students. ;) So glad you didn't quit as I am sure you were a fine doctor and your patients thoroughly appreciated you.

    1. Oops! email address..... godleyv [at] yahoo[dot]com

  15. I do love the sound of this. It would be my first Dr. Mabry.

    If I had cowboy boots I'd be wearing them.


  16. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. Dr. Mabry,
    This book sounds great! Combining medical situations with the witness program has got to be a winner. I have read or seen some info on the program, but I can't imagine what it must be like for the people who have to make that choice.
    Thanks for offering your book.
    dlarock at wolfenet dot com

  18. Thanks to everyone for your comments. The random number generator has chosen Vera to win a copy of Heart Failure. Wish I could send one to everybody. Appreciate your stopping by.