One of the things I learned when I first started writing romance was write what you know.
Granted, I don’t know much about medicine, but the heroine in my recent release and I share something in common.
Our son’s had the same rough start in life.
I used that basic principal of write what you know and applied it in my book.
My middle guy was three weeks early and 11.5 lbs, but that’s not what made it in my book. My heroine, thankfully, didn’t have such a ginormous preemie.
What my son and my heroine’s son had was ASD or atrial septal defect. This caused my son’s blood pressure between his heart and lungs to be on par with his body, giving him pulmonary hypertension. That’s bad. Your blood pressure between your heart and lungs should be much lower compared to your body.
So because of all of this my son’s lungs wouldn’t open up. He was in a medicated coma while they used an oscillator to try and open his lungs. Now, if you’ve never seen an oscillator at work on a baby it’s scary. This machine is shaking the junk out of this little baby’s chest.
It terrified me.
The oscillator didn’t run all the time. The rest of the time a machine helped him breathe.
I can’t even begin to describe the helplessness one feels. The absolute despair which shook me to my core. As mother you strive to protect your children and being powerless to do so, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemies.
Write what you know, well I did and it was the first time I really, openly sobbed when writing a first draft. I get choked up. I feel emotions when I write, but when I was in my heroines head, reliving the scariest moment of my life I cried. Hard.
Writing what you know is a powerful tool in a writer’s work. In this case, it certainly was for me.
I am happy to report that my middle guy (because there’s another boy after him) is a happy, active, imaginative eight year old. Who is the tallest in his class? I mean, what else can you expect from a preemie who was 11.5 lbs and couldn’t be put in an incubator because he didn’t fit. LOL
And the hole in his heart, it closed over on its own. He gets monitored (because we had a scare around his 8th birthday this year), but for now he’s healthy and a crazy boy.
When “living a little”…
While celebrating her promotion, the last thing strait-laced orthopedic surgeon Ingrid Walton expects is to be seduced by mysterious dashing soldier and army medic Clint Allen. Especially when there are consequences to their passionate night!
…becomes “living for two”!
Seven months later Ingrid comes face-to-face with the father of her unborn baby…now the new trauma surgeon! But Clint has changed—his last tour of duty has left emotional scars. Can sharing their baby, their work and an undeniable chemistry give them a chance to heal their pasts and enjoy the future…together?
***Giveaway: Print copy of Pregnant with the Soldiers Son, Melting the Ice Queen’s Heart & Safe in His Hands. Comment to enter. Contest ends July 6 at 11:59PM EDT.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children.
Life got in the way, and after the birth of her second child, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a romance author.
You can find out more about Amy at her website.
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