Take advantage of the innumerable, free, on-line writing resources, and be careful where you invest money in courses. Some are terrific, others are repetitive. My current rule is, unless I receive individualized feedback on my writing directly from the instructor, I won’t take the class. Though I’ve purchased access to some online videos, I find I never watch them if I miss it live. That might just be me.
As part of my interview series on the five things you need to know to become a great author, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tammy Euliano, MD.
Tammy Euliano is the author of Fatal Intent. She is a practicing anesthesiologist and tenured professor at the University of Florida. In addition to a prolific list of academic publications, YouTube teaching videos, and numerous teaching awards, she has also written award-winning short fiction.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path?
Once upon a time…I had been teaching medical students about anesthesia for many years and struggled to find reading materials at an appropriate level for them. So I asked my mentor and he said, “Let’s write one.” So we did, just the two of us, and had an amazing time. After, neither of us wished to end the collaboration so he suggested we start a novel. Sadly, he fell ill and passed away, but he’d lit the spark and the stories began to flow.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
The oddest one so far happened at my first PitchFest. I introduced myself to the agent as an anesthesiologist, then started in on my rehearsed pitch for what would become Fatal Intent. When I mentioned the fact the nurse anesthetist character, he interrupted, “Those don’t exist.” Me: “Um, yes, they actually do.” Him: “No, I’ve had surgery, and they don’t. But if you consider rewriting it I’ll take a look.” Go figure, I didn’t…