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).