From doctor to novelist

Emergency room doctor Kimmery Martin turned from her stethoscope to storytelling with her new novel, “Doctors and Friends.”
2:11 | 11/24/21

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Now with the emergency room doctor turned novelist and her latest novel she started writing about a pandemic. But that was before the pandemic that we know actually hit. Take a look at this. If I could go back and tell my medical school self that I would one day wind up becoming a novelist, I think I would be so proud of myself, I would probably burst. I have been an emergency medicine physician for most of my adult life. And it is an intense career. I became a novelist because I have always been an obsessive reader. I sat down literally without a clue about how to write fiction. I just knew that this was something I could be passionate about. I first had the idea of writing about a fictional pandemic in 2018. So I was writing it as a cautionary tale. And by the start of 2020 I had sold the novel to the publisher and had a rough first draft done and was still in the midst of researching, when it became apparent that we were in fact, going to be living through a real pandemic. Doctors and Friends is a pretty intense book, necessarily because of the subject matter. There's some pretty sad moments. But also I think in the book there's a lot of joy. The central theme of the book is not even the pandemic, but the fierce devoted friendship that exists among the women who are the main characters. Most of our fictional world if you think about it, is devoted to romance or work conflicts or big issues. But when I think about some of the most important relationships in my life outside of my family, it's my friends. I hope people get some sense of what it's like to be in the medical profession. That people have some sense of the weight that health care workers feel about doing their jobs. I think most of us have a real strong sense of integrity that we want to do this in the best possible way that we can because it really matters to other people. - And the book Doctors and Friends is available now.

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