FAQs, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Questions and Answers

A couple of months ago, we asked if there were any questions for the Medical Romance Authors.   And in response, you gave us some great topics to get our teeth into.

We set the survey up so that all of the questions were submitted anonymously, so this is our opportunity to say a big thank you if this was your question.  The forum’s now open to anyone who would like to discuss the topic raised a bit further, or ask any supplementary questions.  To get the ball rolling, three of our Medical Romance Authors have given us their thoughts.

But first, here’s the question.

How hard is it to think of medical situations that will flow really well and bring out emotions between heroes and heroines and the readers? I read a lot of medicals and love them and I love them because of the emotions and the medical issues that are covered.

Louisa Heaton  Sometimes it is quite hard to bring a broad range of medical situations into the stories, depending upon what sort of department the story is set in, of course. You want stuff that would really happen on a day to day basis (keeping it real!) and occasionally something that’s a little bit different and that little bit different usually requires a bit more in-depth research. Then you have to think about how that case will affect your characters. Will it be something that chimes a bell within their own lives? Or not? You want your medical professional to be focused on their patient and not too much on how that case affects them personally, because then you run the risk of that character not coming across as a professional. Also, you have to consider the cases you’ve used in previous books and try not to use them again, as certain medical cases, can be wonderful catalysts for certain emotions!

Susan Carlisle  For me, it isn’t difficult to come up with medicial situations. First, I think about the doctor’s speciality and find an injury that works in their field. For other scenes I just go with what could happen in everyday life, like sprained ankles, cuts, falls. The emotion comes from the characters working together. About how they interact, what they learn about each other. A sure thing on a medical scene is the male doctor caring for a child or older person. It gets the heart strings everytime.

Annie O’Neil  I do sometimes find it difficult to put the hero and heroine together in medical situations if their jobs don’t automatically put them together on a regular basis. I’ve just finished a book with an assistance dog trainer and a surgeon and really struggled to highlight working moments that would bring them together. What I ultimately concluded was that people drawn to the medical profession are in it to help people – and as such – any situation that would require them to unite energies to help someone would be a chance to explore their relationship further. Especially if their approaches vary dramatically. More sparks!

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3 thoughts on “Questions and Answers”

  1. Great question!

    For me the medical situations often come from the characters – something that will challenge them in professional terms but also provides an emotional challenge that can be explored later. I think that allowing the hero and heroine to learn from each other from time to time is also important.

    On the other hand, ideas for medical situations sometimes come first, and the characters’ professions are woven around that. For instance, in ‘Discovering Dr Riley’, the characters grew from an idea about an artist falling off a ladder while painting a mural. So the hero became a doctor and the heroine an art therapist. And I’ve just finished a story with an archaeologist heroine and a doctor hero, which was originally inspired by an article I’d read about how modern day doctors do sometimes find historical research relevant to their work. (The specific case I’d read about didn’t make the cut into to the final manuscript, but the hero and heroine’s professions did 🙂 )

  2. Hi All

    I do love hearing about your ideas for stories and your thoughts so interesting and I guess there are thousands of situations out there in the world that can and someday will be in a fabulous story for us to read 🙂

    Thank you

    Have Fun
    Helen

  3. I like reading the medical romances written by the non-American authors. I like to see the differences in medical terminology, treatments and practices…all very interesting to me! (Especially the pain whistle…never heard of them here in Florida)

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