Heroine Interview from Lethal Remedy by Richard Mabry

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This week I’m hosting DiAnn Mills with Attracted to Fire, Richard Mabry with Lethal Remedy, Darlene Franklin with Lone Star Trail and Martha Rogers with Autumn Song. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (October 9th) evening.

Interview with the heroine of Lethal Remedy by Richard Mabry:

1. Dr. Sara Miles, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Interesting? I don’t think I’m interesting. I’m just like a thousand other women who’ve broken through the glass ceiling to get into medical school, worked to get accepted into a first-rate training program, scrapped for the respect of their colleagues, and then got their heart handed to them on a plate when the man they thought they’d live with forever decided he didn’t need them. If there’s anything interesting about me now, it’s how good a physician I am—because that’s pretty much what I have left.

2.  What do you do for fun?

My idea of a fun evening is to ease into a hot tub with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a good book. But that doesn’t come too often. Relaxing for me more often involves Lean Cuisine in front of the TV set until I fall asleep in the chair.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Sometimes I dread going to bed because I’m afraid I’ll wake up hearing my baby crying. Of course, my baby’s been gone for…never mind. I can’t talk about it.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

I guess I’m at the point where I have most of my self-worth wrapped up in my professional life, so the outcome of every patient’s treatment is ultra-important to me. For instance, right now I have a teen-age girl who might die from an infection that can only be treated by an experimental antibiotic that’s only available from my ex-husband. And that brings up a whole new set of problems. 

5.  What do you want out of life?

When I let myself think about it—which isn’t often—what I really want is a family. I’d like a loving husband, a couple of healthy, happy children—something beyond medicine. But that dream may already be dead.

6.  What is the most important thing to you right now?

Right now I’m facing a professional dilemma. The medication that may save the life of my patient and thousands of others seems too good to be true, and I’m running up against a wall when I try to uncover the information I need to be sure about it.

7.  Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

Right now I’m reading The Grace Awakening, and it’s really speaking to me. I just wish I could bring myself to take the message more to heart. But I’m working on it.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I suppose I’d like to be more self-confident. When you’ve been beaten down by life, it’s hard not to doubt yourself, even if it doesn’t show.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

When Jack and I were first married, I wanted to buy a puppy, but he wouldn’t hear of it. He said that it would just be one more thing to take care of. I guess that should have warned me about how he’d react when he became a father.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I’d go back to the day I finished medical school. I made some wrong decisions about Jack Ingersoll and Rip Pearson then, and I wouldn’t make that mistake again. Then again, it looks like I may get that second chance anyway.