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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MAY 31-JUNE 6
Almost anyone who has ever taken a creative writing class has heard that familiar mantra: “Write about what you know.”
Of course, this isn’t entirely true, since it excludes from the discussion a whole army of successful fantasy, horror and and sci-fi writers. Was Anne Rice ever a vampire? Did Stephen King or Isaac Asimov ever experience all of the things upon which they based their novels?
On the other hand, this week’s lineup of Snowflakes authors obviously gleaned inspiration and information from their “day jobs.” Sean Conroy is a physician assistant, William Mark is a cop and Bill Tucker is a former cattleman turned businessman turned writer — and all of them used those professions to inject reality into their writing.
“THROUGH THE EYES OF A YOUNG PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT,” BY SEAN CONROY.
Sean Conroy started his career in the lab, but had a burning desire to enter the clinical side of medicine as a physician assistant. After completing the first two years of book work, he spent a year learning from doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others on the front lines of medicine in hospitals and clinics across the state of Nebraska. He entered his first family practice rotation as a well-spoken but inexperienced PA student, and in under a year was bedside with severely ill and injured patients in one of Nebraska’s busiest level-one trauma centers.
This memoir follows Conroy around the state, from one rotation to another, as he grows in knowledge and maturity. It tells the tales (some humorous, some harrowing, and occasionally heartbreaking) of patient encounters in wide variety of settings with individuals from all walks of life. From the delivery of a newborn, to the terminally ill at the end of their lives, and many in between, Through the Eyes of a Young Physician Assistant will leave you laughing and crying and with a deeper appreciation of PAs.
“CROSSING THE BLUE LINE,” BY WILLIAM MARK.
Chaos reigns in the streets of Tallahassee, and the community doesn’t trust the police. The reason: police officers Beau Rivers and Dylan Akers are suspected in the recent murders of two child killers although it cannot be proved. Leading the turmoil is a dangerous kingpin building a drug empire with violence and fear. The Chief of Police must act, but traditional police work isn’t getting results. Additional evidence proving Rivers and Akers committed the revenge murders is discovered, and the chief delivers a tough ultimatum. The two must wage a hidden war against the kingpin or face murder charges.
Working together again, Beau and Dylan are joined by two others, one a tenacious cop and the other with questionable morals, to form a secret squad known only by the chief. As they square up against the drug lord, it quickly becomes a race against time. Major Pritchard, the unscrupulous IA commander who investigated Beau and Dylan, continues his personal crusade against the pair. Will Beau and Dylan take down the syndicate before Pritchard finds the uncovered evidence held by the Chief? Will they finally face the consequences for taking the law into their own hands? To make things right, they will have to cross the blue line, and it could cost one of them his life.
“THE GINSENG GANG,” BY BILL TUCKER.
The stories and the setting describe an area of rural Virginia where country people still live an easy-going lifestyle — that is, until things start going terribly wrong and a few rowdies and troublemakers create anger, fear and even death.The local law can’t get enough evidence to charge the evildoers, so the Ginseng Gang begins working behind the scenes.
NEWS AND NOTES: Next week, the Weather Report will provide a list of Snowflakes books ideal for a summertime vacation read.