It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so much for this interview, Doug Landry. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers? I feel I was fairly portrayed. The author seems to have a very good grasp of what it means to be an anesthesiologist—perhaps because he is one himself.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently? Yes, the author definitely shows my inner conflict with displaying emotion. He also does a good job showing my marriage in jeopardy as I struggle with my desire for Jenny, the beautiful new SICU nurse. I wish I would have done better dealing with my temptation, but then I guess the story wouldn’t have been as interesting.
What do you believe is your strongest trait? I’m an intelligent, skilled anesthesiologist who cares about his patients. I also care about my wife and three young sons.
Worse trait? Sometimes in medicine, patients have bad outcomes—it’s the nature of the beast. Nowadays, I tend to bury my emotions and detach from my patients, owing to past bad experiences where I’ve been burned by caring too much. Unfortunately, this conflict is spilling over into my personal life and causing problems. I also have a bit of a wandering eye and struggle now and again with this affliction. Nothing serious—until . . .
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? Matthew McConaughey or Matt Damon or Tom Cruise
Do you have a love interest in the book? I love my wife, Laura, but we’re going through a bit of a rough patch in our 20-year marriage. We’re fighting more now and did I mention I have a wandering eye. So as luck would have it, after a particularly nasty fight, I run into a new co-worker nurse—Jenny—at the gym and she sure seems to be coming on to me. I am flattered, but confused. And of course she’s gorgeous.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out? Right after I meet Jenny, the SICU nurse at the gym. I know she’s trouble for me and I do my best to avoid her at the hospital, but she has other ideas.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why? I definitely wouldn’t want to be Mike Carlucci, my best friend and colleague. As much as I have problems, he has real difficulties. I catch him doing drugs in the operating room and I really worry about his future. Should I turn him in? He’s likely to hurt some innocent patient. But, he’s my best friend. Guess what—Laura and I fight about this too.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I like it! It’s very exciting and it’ll keep you guessing what’s going to happen and who’s going to survive, right up until the end.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it? He needs to focus more on my relationship with my wife Laura and how we can make it better.
Thank you for this interview, Doug Landry. Will we be seeing more of you in the future? Well, I have it on good authority that I’ll be back—this time in a spooky, dark medical thriller called The Edge of Death.
Dr. John Benedict graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and entered medical school at Penn State University College of Medicine. While there, he also completed an internship, anesthesia residency and a cardiac anesthesia fellowship. He currently works as a physician/anesthesiologist in a busy private practice in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Benedict has been writing stories since high school, but his creative side was put on hold to pursue a medical education and start a family—he now has a wife and three sons. Finally, after a 15-year pause, his love of writing was rekindled and his first novel, Adrenaline—a gritty medical thriller with a realism borne of actual experience—was born.
Besides creating scary stories, the hallmark of Dr. Benedict’s writing is genuine medical authenticity—something in short supply these days in thriller fiction. He draws on his 25+ years of experience as a board-certified anesthesiologist to infuse his writing with a realism that renders it both vivid and frightening. As one of only a handful of anesthesiologists throughout the country writing fiction, he gives readers a taste of what really goes on in the operating room, the human drama inherent in this high-stress, high stakes environment where lives are continually on the line. Readers will find out what it’s like to hold a patient’s life in their hands, as the author provides an illuminating glimpse into the fascinating, but poorly understood realm of anesthesia.
Author: JOHN BENEDICT
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About the Book: A sensational, skillful and highly suspenseful tale, Adrenaline introduces anesthesiologist protagonist Doug Landry. About Adrenaline: When patients start dying unexpectedly in the O.R. at Mercy Hospital, Doug Landry finds himself the focus of the blame. Is he really incompetent or is there something more sinister going on? As Doug struggles to clear his name and untangle the secrets surrounding these mysterious deaths, it becomes exceedingly clear that someone is serious—dead serious—about keeping the devastating truth from ever seeing the light of day. As he launches a pulse-quickening race against time to prevent more deaths, Doug soon finds that the lives of his patients aren’t the only lives at stake. Seems that someone will stop at nothing to keep Doug from revealing the truth. Could it be that murder is the ultimate rush?
About the Author: Pennsylvania native John Benedict graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and entered post-graduate training at Penn State University College of Medicine, where he completed medical school, internship, anesthesia residency and a cardiac anesthesia fellowship. Benedict currently works as an anesthesiologist in a busy private practice in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania