According to medical suspense author CJ Lyons’s website, “no one is immune to danger” and the acclaim received from her two previous novels — Lifelines, Warning Signs — (notice the flashing reviews) proves that this writer has indeed found the pulse of her genre. For fans and potentially new fans, she continues to write “Thrillers with Heart” in her third book, Urgent Care, due in bookstores and online retailers tomorrow.
Having practiced as a pediatric doctor for seventeen years, this author knows about the depth of heart and writes about the life she has lived by telling the tales of the women of Angels of Mercy Hospital. These four main characters are: Lydia Fiore, MD, ER attending physician; Dr. Gina Freeman, third year Emergency Medicine resident; Nora Halloran, RN, BSN, SANE; and Amanda Mason, fourth year medical student. Meet them here and by reading the FAQ about CJ. For that’s where you’ll discover that each of these women bears a part of the author:
“Like Amanda, I was the outsider in med school, only a Yankee down South. Like Gina, I was seen as a rebel during residency and my fellowship. I once thought following the rules was the best way to save lives, like Nora, and I now, like Lydia, have learned to live by a different set of my own “’rules.’”
Yet it is in CJ’s Monday, October 19, 2009, popculturedivas post, Living a Life of Crime, where the author explains why she forged a new set of rules and how she found her way “out of the darkness” as Nora finds her own way in Urgent Care.
Although the following describes CJ’s reason for “darkness,” please read the entire post:
“For my pediatric internship and residency I returned to my home state of Pennsylvania and my favorite city, Pittsburgh. During my internship year, something happened that would change me forever.
“One of my fellow interns was killed. Murdered. In the most heinous ways imaginable.
“His death hit us all. We were all very close, the twelve—now eleven—of us. We had to be—no one else understood what we were going through that first year as a doctor when you hold life and death in your hands and have no experience to follow, forced to trust your gut and your heart to make the right decisions. No one else worked our crazy hours, no one spoke our short-hand, stressed-out, sleep-deprived language.
“Then we were twelve no more.
“His killer was caught—thanks to the hard work of several law enforcement agencies. Four days later we were all back to work. He was gone.
“But not forgotten, never forgotten.
“We each found our path out of the darkness. Just like Nora finds her way in my new book, URGENT CARE.
“For me, my path was through my writing. I put aside the science-fiction and fantasy I wrote in school and turned to the gritty, dark world of crime fiction.”
And eventually — years later –that personal life experience would take on another shape and become the kernel for the backstory of Urgent Care. Here’s the synopsis:
CJ Lyons returns to the front lines of the ER and the lives and loves of four very special women. Angels of Mercy Hospital charge nurse Nora Halloran has been living with a painful secret for two long years. When a coworker is assaulted and killed, Nora must face her deepest fears and reveal all her secrets to the man she loves to stop the killer from striking again.
A TV commercial that will be airing in the southeast this week:
And, of course, an URGENT CARE excerpt.
In the interview, Meet Medical Thriller Writer CJ Lyons, at Vivian’s Mysteries this past January 27, 2009, when the author was asked, “Where do your ideas for medical thrillers come from?” she replied:
“Most of my ideas come from things that frustrate me and that I want to change. Topics that I feel passionate about. LIFELINES was pure thriller, WARNING SIGNS more of a mystery but URGENT CARE (due out in October) is psychological suspense. It’s about facing the truth of your past, learning how to trust again. In it, Nora, the ER’s charge nurse, deals with her past as a survivor of a sexual assault.
“While writing it I was very cognizant of the fact that this is an uncomfortable subject for many. But I also wanted to be as honest as possible, to illuminate the courage I’ve seen in victims—and how an assault changes their lives. I can only hope that I did their stories justice and that URGENT CARE will help to inspire and empower readers.”
Even as a novelist CJ Lyons still sounds like a physician who wants to heal others, doesn’t she? Her fourth book, Isolation, to be released next year, will be Gina’s story and the finale of the quadrilogy. But it’s Urgent Care that garners the attention now and will be available for you tomorrow.
What an extraordinary individual capable of making two dream careers come true and be successful at both! For those who wish to learn even more about CJ, please visit Penguin.com (usa) where she’ll be the guest blogger this week.
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand will be giving away two copies of Urgent Care. To enter, please leave a comment on this post before the deadline of Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The winners — based on a random drawing — will be announced here in Thursday’s post.