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#HobbyCareerPassion: 911…What’s Your Emergency? by D. V. Stone

Welcome to my weekly feature where authors share about the hobbies, careers, or passions of their characters.

I’m pleased to introduce today’s guest, D. V. Stone…

 

911…What’s Your Emergency?

Hi, Alicia. Thank you for hosting me today on your passion blog. I am so excited to talk about First Responders. Though I haven’t been one for many years, I’ll never forget the times I did. It followed naturally that in my book Rock House Grill the main character is an EMT.

Here’s a bit of personal history. I became an EMT while working at the Hunterdon Developmental Center, working with the disabled. There’s a special place in my heart for these often-forgotten group of people. At first, I was a personal care attendant for my patients. When a position opened in the on-site clinic for an ambulance driver, I applied. Soon I was a certified EMT.

Our local volunteer squad always needed help. I joined and ran a routine duty night as well as picked up other calls when available. Only two blocks from the squad building often I was the first there to pull out the rig. Over the years, I worked and volunteered as an EMT, including in a women’s state prison and a hospital emergency room.

So, what is a First Responder? According to Merriam Webster, the definition of first responder is a person (such as a police officer or an EMT) who is among those responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide assistance.

Who is a First Responder? First responders typically include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work.

How many are there? There are over 1 million firefighters in the United States, of whom approximately 750,000 are volunteers. Volunteers in many places undergo a minimum of 110  to 171 hours of training. They continue that training throughout their careers via drills, meetings, and seminars.

Local police departments have an estimated 556,000 full-time employees, including about 436,000 sworn enforcement personnel.

Sheriffs’ offices reported about 291,000 full-time employees, including about 186,000 sworn personnel.

There are over 155,000 nationally registered emergency medical technicians (EMT).

My husband is also a volunteer firefighter. Though he is no longer active at a fire scene, he’s known to the children in our area as Fireman Pete. He and several others go to schools and daycare centers and teach fire prevention to the kids.

So many of these people run to danger instead of away. They miss time with their families, holidays, special occasions, etc. Unfortunately, First Responders are often targeted. Many years ago, when I volunteered, the danger was rampant. My partner and I both females responded to a man down. When we arrived, he was high and combative. Not only that, but those around him also had impaired judgment. My partner was knocked to the ground and I had to radio for assistance. Luckily for us, help arrived before we were further assaulted. One of the cities not far from us provided bulletproof vests to their EMTs. This was in the early 1990s.

Next time you see red and blue lights, I’d like you to remember the men and women who are manning the front of the line, which is often the line between life and death.

I hope this gives you a small peek inside the life of a First Responder.

One man’s choices—One woman’s impact

 Rock House Grill

 Coming in 2020

 Aden House, successful but driven chef and TV personality, refuses to slow down. His life implodes one night, damaging him both physically and emotionally. He’s rescued by a woman he thinks of as his angel.

Shay McDowell has rebuilt her life after her divorce. She juggles volunteer EMT duties and her job, while dreaming of becoming a chef. She finds her way to Rock House Grill and back into the life of the man she helped save.

Can love be the ingredient needed to survive the many obstacles they face?

Bio

Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. Recently, Rock House Grill, a contemporary romance, has been signed with Wild Rose Press. I host Welcome to the Campfire, a weekly blog. I am also a multi-genre author of two independently published books. Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar is a fantasy romance. Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake is a mid-grade paranormal.

Born in Brooklyn, D.V. Stone has moved around a bit and even lived for a time on a dairy farm in Minnesota before moving back east. Throughout her wandering, she always considered herself a Jersey Girl. She met and married the love of her life, Pete—a lifelong Jersey Man.  They adopted Hali, a mixed breed from the local shelter.

D.V.’s career path varied from working with the disabled to become a volunteer EMT, which in turn led to working in hospital emergency rooms and then in a women’s state prison. After a few years, she took a break from medicine and became the owner of Heavenly Brew, a specialty coffee shop and a small restaurant. Now, when not writing, she is a medical receptionist.

“Thank you for taking the time to read about me. Each time you open the pages to one of my books, I hope you’ll be swept away by the story and find encouragement in your own life, never to give up on hope.”

 

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Prey for Me by TR Fischer ~ Author Interview & #Giveaway!!

Author TR Fischer is sharing an interesting interview, and an intriguing new release. PLUS – she’s giving away a book!!

Giveaway: One free paper copy to the winner. Name will be drawn from those who sign up for my email list here: http://eepurl.com/biBxqn

The winner will be chosen March 16th. Entries (signups) are closed after March 15, 2017 

 

Excerpt:

Patrick crouched behind Lacy in the cargo area behind the driver’s seat. The muzzle of his gun jabbed the nape of her neck. She followed his commands until she neared the end of Center Street. They were headed out of town. Her gut told her not to go. But her gut didn’t have a solution for the weapon aimed at her brain stem. On the other hand, if she did as he said, she would end up dead. Or worse.

As Lacy ferried herself closer to that fate, fear somehow gave way to reason. Why wait? And why give Patrick the reins? If she died, it didn’t have to be at his hand. In fact, it didn’t have to happen at all. Like Roy said—he was only one man. She ran through her options. There was no way she could wrestle his gun away. But car wrecks killed people every day. Especially when they weren’t wearing seat belts. Hers was in place but Patrick was in an open space. Given the right circumstances, he could become a human projectile.

“Turn left at the corner,” Patrick ordered.

It was a four-way stop. A car crossed the intersection opposite her. The driver gave Lacy an appreciative glance as he passed and Patrick jerked her by the hair. “Stop looking at him. I don’t want you looking at men.”

She bit back a cry, refusing to give him the satisfaction of knowing he’d caused her pain. “Do you want me to crash?” Lacy surprised herself with the harsh tone she used, especially given the dread this day had conjured in her mind for so long. But it was as though his abuse made a dam burst inside her causing all the emotion she’d fought so hard to contain to surge over the spillway. It all melded together into cold rage.

“Mother is angry. She expected us weeks ago.”

Lacy let that go. “That was you at the coffee shop, wasn’t it?” She used a tremulous voice. It was important that he believe she was still afraid. And she was—just not of him. What she had decided to do was going to hurt. There was an upside to Patrick coming to Brookton. This was her town. She’d lived here all her life, knew every turn in every road. Lacy flicked on the left blinker and drove through the intersection, anxious fingers tapping the steering wheel.

“How did you know?” Patrick sounded surprised.

“I smelled your cologne.” That was why her nightmares had returned, she finally realized. Just like the night he’d snuck into her apartment. An internal alarm had tried to warn her. Lacy drove west on a two-lane highway. Adrenaline set her stomach on fire. The property she had in mind had been vacant for months. There was a big tree at the side of the road. If she hit it just right …

One advantage of having an older brother was what he had taught her about cars, particularly the rear wheel drive variety. Jack had driven a truck in high school. This would be like the donuts they did in snowy parking lots. Except for the part where she slammed into the tree. Even if it didn’t work, death by tree was preferable to death by Patrick.

The van rounded the bend. Lacy hit the gas and sucked in a breath. She pulled the wheel hard to the right. The van creaked and bounced as it careened over uneven ground. Patrick lost his grip on her seat and slammed into the left wall. The gun clattered to the floor, giving her some measure of relief.

 

Wow, sounds like an excellent read, TR. And, my daughter’s name is Lacey (with an ‘e’). 🙂

Please tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Where do you live now? Family? Pets?

My husband and I raise bison near Denver, Colorado. Our miniature beagle, Misty, pretends she’s a shepherd when it’s time to move the bison between pastures. We have four grown children who, like us, lead adventurous lives.

Sounds amazing. I bet you live in a gorgeous area. Where did you get the idea for Prey for Me? Why did you choose this genre (is it something you’ve written in before)? Was there anything unusual, any anecdote about this book, the characters, title, process, etc, you’d like to share? What is the most difficult thing about writing a book? What was the most difficult thing about this one in particular?

Prey For Me was my first book. The title is a play on words that stems from the relationship between my main character and her stalker. I came up with it early on and it stuck. The seeds for the story came from an intense dream I had. I wrote it in my journal. The motivation to move forward with it came from an impending change in my life. My husband was going to start commuting to work out of state and I knew I would need something to occupy me so I didn’t start binging or get addicted to late night TV. So, why not try my hand at writing?

I wouldn’t exactly say I chose romantic suspense so much as it chose me. The story idea came to me and wouldn’t leave me alone. The scenes in my head left me no choice but romantic suspense. I enjoy writing this genre because I’m a suspense junkie and a romance buff. It’s like peanut butter and chocolate! What’s not to like?

I’m a research geek. While working on Prey For Me, I interviewed several people who have medical knowledge beyond my own. That said, nothing is the same as real life experience. In one scene, my main female character is dehydrated. While I was polishing that scene, my son became dehydrated after a long day at an amusement park. He was unable to drive safely so his friends brought him home so I could take him to the ER. While I was very concerned about his condition, the trip there was rather entertaining and highly informative as to how dehydration can affect people. Suffice to say, I thought he was high. So did the docs…until they saw how he came back after some IV fluids and got his blood work back.

The biggest challenge I faced was not having written a novel before. In truth, I’d never written even a short story. I had done a lot of business writing and it always came easy, but the idea of penning (or keyboarding) an entire novel was daunting. I relied on a critique group to help me see the flaws in the story and the weaknesses in my writing. Their input was invaluable. Making it to THE END and getting strong reviews from readers boosted my confidence.

Your debut novel with no past experience? I’m impressed! Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it?

I do hair for weddings and special events. It’s a lot of fun and gives me some great writing fodder.

What was your first job?

I cared for an elderly spinster who lived all alone in a large mansion. There was a tiger skin on top of her grand piano. Her family was a founding family in our town and I was fascinated by her personal and family history.

Fascinating! You’ve had some great experiences. What do you want readers to come away with after they read Prey For Me?

An appetite for more of my books!

Ha, that’s excellent! What genre have you never written that you’d like to write?

I think I have at least one literary fiction book waiting its turn to be written by me.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

They come from my imagination but I base some of their characteristics on people I have met or have interviewed.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

Okay, this is going to date me… When we lived in LA, we were friends with Leroy Smith. Now, it’s not likely you know who that is, but he used to be a pro basketball player in the European league. He told us he’d played ball with Michael Jordan in college and that they were very good friends. This was back when Michael was a household name. He told us about a time when Michael was just on the cusp of his fame; They were at a McDonalds and one of the workers said, “Are you Michael Jordan?” Michael replied, No, I’m Leroy Smith,” so he could get out of there easily. To be honest, we thought Leroy had embellished his story. Several weeks later, we were watching the Chicago Bulls playing on TV and during halftime, they played an interview with Michael and Leroy where Michael told the exact same story! Here’s Leroy’s Wikipedia page that tells a lot about their relatnonship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_Smith We had a good laugh with Roy the next time we saw him.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I don’t have just one favorite, but a new-to-me author whose writing really draws me in is Dennis LeHane. I recently read his book, Moonlight Mile and couldn’t put it down. The book was set in Boston, a city I wanted to move to after high school (though I ended up in California).

What really strikes me about his writing is the level of detail he brings into the setting without making me yawn and want to skip pages. Okay, there’s also the fact that his suspense gripped me by the throat and didn’t let go. No formulaic contrivances needed, just fresh story with interesting plot twists. A truly creative writer.

I agree…I adore him!! If you haven’t read the entire Patrick Kenzie series, then you’re missing out. Check out A Drink Before the War, then keep reading from there. Trust me! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining us today, TR.

TR’s question for readers: What keeps you in a story?

 

Links:

Website: http://www.trfischer.com/books.html

Facebook author page link: https://www.facebook.com/TRFischerAuthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorTRFischer/

Twitter handle: @tr_author

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/TR-Fischer/e/B00PR7C9A0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1470100721&sr=1-2-ent

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445393.T_R_Fischer

 

Universal link for E-books

https://www.books2read.com/Prey-For-Me

 

Kindle Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Prey-Me-Colorado-Tempest-Book-ebook/dp/B00MPP5K26/

Paper Version on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Prey-Me-Colorado-Tempest-Book/dp/099649362X/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1480734480&sr=8-1&keywords=prey+for+me++by+tr+fischer

 

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