Friday, December 28, 2007

Thursday Talk Time :: Why I Love Medicals with Lynne Marshall

Hello everyone, it’s Lynne Marshall. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday! First off, I’d like to thank the Pink Heart Society for inviting me to be a guest on their blog to tell you what I love about Medical Romance, why I love to write them, and more importantly why you should read them.

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

For a chance to win a copy of Single Dad, Nurse Bride, tell us the name of your favorite TV medical drama or comedy (past or present) and why you love it!


  1. Hi Lynne,

    Thanks for your post. I loved reading Medicals when I lived in England. Romance and healing make a powerful mix.

    Do you know if there are any plans to market Medicals in the US?


  2. Hi Lynne,

    I loved your post, especially when you said doctors look more with the ones in House... as a med student, I totally agree!

    Though I believe most doctors know their science, some seem to lack the empathy needed to touch someone... something that does not seem to be lacking in your books ;)

    My favorite show must be Grey's Anatomy, for it shows doctors struggling through life while trying to be the best at what they do.

  3. Grey's Anatomy is a guilty pleasure, though getting a bit incestuous at the moment...I LOVED ER for the first few years, but then lost interest...Chicago Hope was a big fave of mine, hated to see that one go...

    Kate - you can order Medicals from eHarlequin, that's what I have to do...

  4. Hello Kate!

    In a perfect world we'd be able to walk into a book store and buy a Medical Romance along with the other wonderful category romances, but unfortunately, the only way to buy Meds in the US is via e-harlequin. There are four available each month, so please check us out!

    Hi Nathalie, I'm with you on about so many doctors being great at their craft but sadly lacking in the empathy department. That's where nurses come in handy!

    Hi Jenna!

    Chicago Hope was a great show. I can go back even farther to ST. Elsewhere in the 1980s. I delivered my daughter at 6 pm and watched St. Elsewhere at 10p!


  5. Loved the blog Lynne! Well, I hope people remember St. Elsewhere, I really liked that show (early 80s). Denzel Washington and Mark Harmon were docs...need I say more?

    And I did catch the first few seasons of ER then lost interest.

    Looking forward to your next book!

  6. Hi Lynne, Here I thought all doctors looked like Patrick Dempsey, except for my bald gynecologist, my old gastroenterologist and my female general practitioner. Until I meet Dr. Mac Dreamy and Dr. Mac Naughty, I will keep reading medical romances. Yours are great. I highly recommend HER L.A. KNIGHT.

  7. Hi Sabrina,

    I'm glad you liked the blog. And I'm with you on St. Elsewhere. Denzel and Mark and so many other great characters.

    Hi Mona!

    I'm so glad you enjoy medical romances. And thanks for recommending one of my books. It sure helps the enjoyment factor when the hero looks like Johnny Depp.

    Best wishes,

  8. Hi Lynne. What's not to love about med romances? And Mark Harmon - oh my (fans oneself) - yes please. I based the hero in my 3rd book on him and I simply adore NCIS. And George Clooney - I could have watched Dr Doug for eternity.

    I so liked how you skipped around using the word arrogant when describing some surgeons out there. Sure, there are sweeties too but prima donnas abound more often than not. I've been in theatres where instruments have been hurled around and humiliating nurses is sport.
    BUT NOT OUR HEROES. Oh no, no way. And if they are a touch on the arrogant side, we have heroines like your Rikki who can well and truly put them in their place.

    Good luck with book 6.

  9. Hi, Lynne,

    You found some great pics! Thanks for cheering me up! For the first time in ten years I am not working between Christmas and New Year but I have got really sick instead:(((( Off to watch some ER to feel better .

  10. Might be showing my age here, but when I was a child, there used to be a show on in the UK called 'Angels'. Anyone remember that? WE also have a great little show called 'The Royal' which you can see on a sunday evening.

    I Love Medical Romance!

    Nicolette x

  11. I'm so happy to see two fellow medical romance authors visiting. Amy Andrews and Fiona Lowe.

    Hi Amy - yes I did avoid the word arrogant, but that's a perfect description for many you-know-whats.

    Fiona! Hugs to you. I'm so sorry to hear you're sick. I bet if you'd had to finish a book between Christmas and NY your body would have willed that illness off! Please take care.

    Hi Nicolette,
    I'm not familiar with the Australian shows you've mentioned, but it would be a kick to see an episode or two. Thanks so much for stopping by, and keep reading those medical romances!!!!

    :-) Lynne

  12. Hey Lynn:
    Great post. Yeah, I've worked with a lot of egotistical surgeons. My guess is it goes with the territory, when they have to cut and sew they'd better think they're the best in the world. Heh. (If they're cutting on me that is.) That ego must be hard to leave behind at the end of the day though. A lot of doctors have trouble with relationships. Great doctor/patient relationships but don't fare well on the homefront.

    St. Elsewhere. My friend David Birney acted in that one. And yes, Dr Doug. Loved him in ER. I've tired of House, those story lines have become ridiculous. And I don't think Dr McDreamy is so hot any more. Hey, we need a new medical show.
    When I was a kid I loved those Brit comedies we'd get in Australia called Carry On something or other. I think I saw Carry on Doctor and Carry On Nurse. I'd probably think they were dumb today but at the time I loved them.

  13. Lynne,I got a smile out of how you skipped around the word arrogant, too. It's the first description I'd give most of the surgeons I know. And I adore most of the ones I know, so I don't use the term in a derogatory way. I think like what Robena said, surgeons have to have huge egos to take on what they do and to be good at it. Like she said, I only want a highly confident surgeon cutting on me. If he/she has even the slightest doubt about their skills---NEXT.

    In my second Medical romance the hero is a heart surgeon (thus the title The Heart Surgeon's Secret Son). I had lots of fun trying to keep my hero heroic yet true to that underlying supreme confidence. In my head I saw him as Daniel Craig, but on the cover he's more along the lines of Doogie Howser...okay, not quite that young, but much younger than I pictured my hero. :) But very cooly on the cover he is blond! which I'm told is a rarity.

    Lynne, I also loved your admission of how surgeons made you wanna run and hide. I had a few of those feelings when working on the med/surg floor. Was specific doctors who made me feel that way though rather than one particular type of doctor.

    Great post

  14. Hi Robena!

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm with you about House being ridiculous, but I still watch it because I want to see how much they can torture the poor patient with extreme tests each week. LOL. Oh, and notice how the doctors do all of the tests? I guess they don't have MRI and Xray techs, GI specialists, neurologists, laboratory techs or bedide nurses at their hospital!


  15. Ah Janice! Hi.

    I agree, the doctors who made me run were specific people not the whole group of surgeons. I still cringe remembering some of them.

    I had to laugh about your cover. You are lucky to at least get a blond. Today's post got a little mixed up. The hero for Single Dad, Nurse Bride is the handsome blond guy in the blog. I compensated for his good looks by giving him trendy wire-framed glasses. Call me crazy, but I love a hot guy with glasses!


  16. Great post, Lynne and great pictures. From your experience, you must have a wealth of ideas to draw from for your stories. I had the most wonderful family practioner for years, and then he moved to a smaller town. I wouldn't call him handsome but his manner made him totally sexy! Wishing you luck on your next book.

  17. Lovely post, Lynne!

    I'm with Nicolette - I remember Angels (it's a UK show rather than US, Lynne). My mum (who was a nurse) loved it, too. I was addicted to Holby City and Casualty for a long time. And now I've found House - great series.

    What I love most about Meds is the fact that you can have so many secondary characters and there's such a 'real life' feel about them. It's one of the reasons I write them as well as read them :o)

  18. Hi Carol,

    I totally agree that caring bedside manner is sexy. Another thing I think is very sexy is seeing a handsome grown man tend to his small children. Nothing sexier than that. That's why I love the Single Dad stories. BTW, Carol, I'm enjoying your current Harlequin Intrigue - The Stranger and I.

    Hey Kate!

    I second the motion about being able to have more of an ensemble cast with Meds and they do feel like real life in so many ways.

    For those who haven't read Kate's December Medical - The Doctor's Very Special Christmas - I suggest you find it quick! I loved the search and rescue scenes.


  19. I have been sick since Dec. 20th; help, I need a doctor but am trying to fight this by myself; coughing, sore ear, lots of phlghm, soreeeee throat, aching. Where is Dr. G. Clooney!!!!!
    I too love medicals to read and as for shows ER was a favorite and I'm starting to watch it again with re-runs. I like House and watch whenever I can.

  20. Great post! I really enjoyed "Emergency" when I was a kid and I catch it once in a while on cable TV.

  21. Hugs to Robynl! I hope you feel better soon. I'l send George Clooney over for a house call STAT!

    Hi Georgie!
    Thanks so much for stopping by. Isn't cable TV great for catching old favorites?

    Folks, it's been great reading everyones' comments today. Due to the time differenc, I see Friday night film night has begun at PHS, so thanks again for reading the blog and chiming in.

    I'll let Jenna B-B know the winner of my next book as soon as I have one of my grand nieces draw the name from the hat.


  22. Lynne, great post. I'm on Central time, so I'm just now piping in. My favorite medical show was also St. Elsewhere. Stephen Furst and Howie Mandel also started on that show along with Denzel and Mark. So there. :-)

    TJ Bennett

  23. Hi TJ!

    Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. See, there's another thing we agree on, St. Elsewhere. Great Show.

    G'night all!

  24. Nicolette!!


    Please contact Lynne via her website with your address so she can mail the book and a little something extra off to you.

  25. Calling Nicolette!

    Once last try to reach Nicolette.

    You've won the drawing for my book and a lovely key chain with a heart on it, so please either contact the Pink Hearters or go to my website and send me an e-mail with your information, and I'll send the prize right out to you.

    Thanks again for having me as a guest blogger Pink Heart Society.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Lynne Marshall