Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life


We’ve been thinking a lot about choices in the Heaton household just lately and how important they are. How saying yes to one thing can take you down a completely different road to saying no, how saying this is what I want to do, can change everything completely and forever.


Choices and change can be frightening. Choices can sometimes be made easily and sometimes, require a lot of forethought.

This year, I’ve had three teenagers receive their GCSE results. They had to make the choice as to whether they were going to put the work in, in class, whether they were going to revise and whether they were going to give their all in their exams. The results were mixed, but I know they did their very best and now my three teenagers have choices ahead of them.

Which college to go to?

Which courses are they allowed to do?

What do they want to do in life? What are their goals and ambitions?

These last questions are ones I frequently consider when thinking up a new story. What do I already know about my characters, but what do I think they want from life? What is it in their past history that might be holding them back? What are their goals, ambitions and values? What do they want more than anything?

Because once I make those choices for them, that is the road upon which they will travel. There may be bumps in the road, diversions. They may even do a complete about turn and make another choice, due to circumstances.

But there are always choices. There are always options, no matter how cornered or hopeless everything may seem.

medical3In Their Double Baby Gift, Dr Brooke Bailey makes the choice to return to work after having her baby girl. The hero, Major Matt Galloway makes the choice to take over his wife’s old post and uphold the promise his wife made to Brooke, before she died. Their lives could have been so different if neither of them made those choices.

Matt soldiers on through life despite his PTSD, putting on a brave face and creating a mask for everyone else, but what would his life be like if he gave into the fear and the terrors and flashbacks?

They would both be completely different people.

As authors, we are always making choices for our characters and this for me, is the best part of story-telling. We might put our characters through some rough ups and downs occasionally, but we’re always nice to them in the end! And after the book finishes? Well, their story and their happy ever after is completely up to them, though I guess we all hope and assume they continue to love each other for the rest of their lives.

We all make choices each and every day as to what we’re going to put into our relationships with each other. Supporting a spouse, guiding a child, being there for a friend or neighbour.

As writers we make good art.

But as people, let’s make good choices, too. Choices that show our love and support of one another through tough times and the sometimes difficult and unfair world we live in today. Make good art. Make good choices. And everyone will be there to support you.

Louisa xxx

4 thoughts on “Choices”

  1. What a beautiful post Louisa and yes there are so many choices and we always hope that we and hour loved ones have made the right ones 🙂

    Oh and I loved this book of yours Matt and Brooke are so good 🙂

    Have Fun

  2. In 2001 the hospital where I worked decided to close our OB unit for financial reasons. All the nurses could elect to be transferred to a sister hospital or leave the corporation and work elsewhere. The results were mixed. I initially went to a sister hospital about 3 miles further from my house, but those nurses were not happy with the influx of more nurses, and they really were resentful especially when we started to have to be on call once a week because there were so many nurses. I finally decided to work at a smaller hospital about 25 miles north of my home, where a group of our nurses had gone. I hated driving that extra hour a day (compared to the 5 minute commute I had before) but I was happy I did it. these women became my nurse/work sisters and we stuck together and bonded like glue. In 2011, that same scenario played out where they closed the OB unit and transferred everyone to the big “mother ship” hospital downtown that has 16,000 deliveries a year (Yes, 16,000!!!) Luckily for me I became ill and had to retire on disability, the baby factory and i would not have been a good match. The sisterhood of nurses remains strong, tonight we had a retirement dinner for one of our girls, attended by about 25 of our colleagues, some of us have worked together over 25 years. Best decision I ever made was to become one of them! ♥

  3. Wow, what an amazing story. 16,000 babies a year? Sounds like you made an amazing decision to go that extra distance and found a loving group of women and friends.

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