As one of six American authors of Medical Romance with Harlequin Mills and Boon, I feel honored to be a part of a hugely talented group from England, Scotland, Australia and even Egypt. And to get to be a spokesperson here for the medical genre makes me doubly honored.
I sold my first Medical Romance in 2005 and have since sold five books all together. (I’m currently working on my sixth. Wish me luck!) I prefer to write my stories in a hospital setting with nurses as my heroines. As a registered nurse for over two decades, I consider nurses to be the heart and soul of any hospital. And NO! I do not base any of my stories on my own experiences. Not completely anyway. Blush.
Though most female hospital employees would love to have doctors around that look like this handsome guy, the reality is that most of the doctors in the hospitals I’ve worked in tend to look more like this batch of newcomers from the TV show House.
However, in medical romance, you’ll find dreamy, dedicated characters willing to do anything for their patients. Besides being strong, intelligent, highly respected and successful, they tend to look like Patrick Dempsey, or the prototype for the hero in my next book, Dr. Dane Hendricks.
Confession time. During my twenty-plus years as a registered nurse in California, I was always a bit frightened by surgeons. Something about their similar personalities made me take pause. Okay, I’ll come right out with it—many seemed overconfident and demanding, especially if things weren’t done exactly to their wishes. In creating my overbearing surgeon, Dane, for Single Dad, Nurse Bride, I tackled my fear and wrote the exact type of doctor who used to have me running for the supply closet to hide. Fortunately my heroine, Rikki Johansen, knows how to stand up to him. In the story, she helps him learn to be a better father and manages to steal his heart in the process.
In Mills and Boon Medical Romances the strong heroes are always carefully tempered by human fallibility, which makes them all the more loveable! And of course the heroes all come fully equipped with charismatic, powerful and dynamic personalities. What a guy to fall in love with!
When you think Medical Romance, think global settings from North America, UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and many other exotic locations. Our stories can take place in small family practices or large city hospitals, from emergency rooms to search and rescue teams. And we run the gamut from tender to highly sensual and passionate romance between the hero and heroine. And most importantly, what you can’t be guaranteed by TV, movies and general fiction, you can rest assured will happen in Medical Romance – the heroine and hero will always manage to work out their differences and live … happily ever after.
I’d love to invite you to the new Medical Romance authors blog: Love is the Best Medicine Stop by to say hello and stay up to date on all the wonderful books coming your way. And rest assured that though it may not be the case in the real world, in our Medical Romance books you will always be treated to the doctor of your dreams.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year! -- Lynne Marshall
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