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Spotlight on Susan Carlisle!

Our Spotlight today is on Medical Romance writer Susan Carlisle! Her latest release is THE NURSE HE SHOULDN'T NOTICE.  Let's see her answers to our questions........

What do you love most about writing for Harlequin Medicals?
 Flo Nicoll, one of Susan's editors
My editors' accents. I do love to listen to their beautiful English accents. They seem to appreciate my southern drawl too. Along with our mutual love of voice, I like writing feel good stories where there is a lot of drama. Who doesn't love a hot doctor?
 
What do you think makes a good story?
A happy ending. I want to say "Ahhhh" when I finish one of my books. It feels good to go to sleep believing all is right with the world. Yes, I'm a romantic at heart.
 
Anywhere you haven’t traveled you would like to go?
I've visited a number of continents but I still have a wish list of places I'd love to go. Top of that list is the Great Wall of China. I'd love to one day walk on it or even spend the night on it. I know that doesn't sound like fun to everyone but I do love an adventure.

What one item do you always pack when you travel?
Would you believe - Ziplock plastic bags. They are the best travel secret. They are great for so many things--jewelry, soap, wet cloth, snack--the list goes on and on. Plastic bags are a must in my suitcase and in at least three different container sizes.

Tell us a little about your current release …..
Ghana West Africa is the setting for The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice. Court Armstrong is the CEO of a grant foundation who turned down the application that would help the rural hospital. Intrigued by the concept of the hospital, he decides to deliver supplies so he can see the area for himself. Strong-willed, head nurse Maggie Everett is there waiting on him. She cares for the villagers as if they were her own. She and Court cross swords about the needs at the hospital and what is important in life. Through working together, they find a love that includes each other as well as the people of Ghana.
I actually know a doctor and a nurse that worked in Ghana for over twenty years caring for people in a rural hospital so much like the one in my book. I hope I've honored their work.
 
Susan around the web:
 
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60 comments:

  1. The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice sounds like a wonderful read- thank you for this interview!

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    1. Thanks for reading about it Shelley!

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    2. Shelley,

      Thanks for stopping in. I hope you do get a chance to read The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice. I'd love to hear what you think.

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  2. Ooh, sounds like a great book, Susan! I love that you actually know people who've lived and worked in Ghana; it gives a touch of authenticity (and you have someone you can ask about the details). And Ziplocks are worth their weight in gold, aren't they. It's always the number one thing I ask my hubby to bring back with him from the States.

    Congrats on your release!

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    1. Hi Tina,

      Welcome to my place! As I remember your book The Doctor's Guide to Dating in the Jungle took us into Brazilian Jungle with primitive medical facilities.

      Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Tina,
      I've gotten bookmarks to give away that were made in Ghana. I used my contact for that little touch. Love those plastic bags. I even bought some today.

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  3. Hey, Susan. I'm finding you all around the net these days. I loved The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice and am looking forward to reading more from you.

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    1. Hi Carol!

      I also am looking forward to reading from Susan Carlisle after reading The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice!

      Thanks for coming along!

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  4. Hi Susan!
    I am so with you on the traveling with ziplock bags idea. :)

    Your book sounds intriguing, and I am positive you've honored your friends from Ghana with it. Good for you bringing the world to Medical Romance.

    Hello to Nas, too. :)

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    1. Hi Lynne!

      I felt like I travelled all the way to Ghana and experienced the village depicted in Susan's book.

      Thanks for reading along!

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    2. Lynne,

      It was a fun book to write. Much of what I wrote was true life in Ghana. It is a tough one.

      Nas,
      Thanks. I worked hard to get the details correct.

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  5. I enjoy books based off things that happened in real life. Love it! Thanks for the rec!

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    1. You welcome Emily!

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    2. Emily,

      All the background in this one is as true to life as I could make it and still be fiction. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Medical romances are very appealing because as well as romances, they are very often human interest stories too.

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    1. Maria,

      You are right. I think the human interst is what pulls you to medicals. That's one of the reason I love writing them.

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    2. True, that, Maria!

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  7. Susan, You are a great writer, and I do enjoy your books! The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice will be fabulous, I am sure and can't wait to read that happy-ever-after!

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    1. Everyone.
      Maxine is one of my Petit Fours and Hot Tamales sisters and a real sweetheart. She's bias I know but I love her for it.

      Maxine, thanks for stopping in.

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      Welcome!

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  8. Hi Susan

    Love the sound of your book. I'm a sucker for stories set in Africa- at least four of mine are set there- but I've never read or visited Ghana. Sounds like your book is a must read for me!

    Anne x

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    1. Anne,

      I think Africa has always been that mysterious place that we all are interested in hearing about. I've not been but I plan to go there one day soon.

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    2. I loved your Africa based books, Anne!

      Friends, this is Anne Fraser, she also writes Medical Romance.

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  9. I'm not a fan of romance, usually, but I might just have to read this one! For one, I'm a nurse, second, I did volunteer work in S. America and I've always had an attraction to Africa.

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    1. Rose,

      Give it a try. I'd love to hear what you think about The Nurse He Shouldn't Notice. I don't think you will be disappointed.

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    2. Hi Rose, I only have admiration for nurses and for the dedication they have. As I couldn't fulfil my dreams of becoming one, I did the next best I could- reading Medicals!

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  10. Hi Susan!
    Your book sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks Wendy for dropping in.

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    2. Welcome Wendy!

      Friends, Wendy S Marcus's is another Medical Romance writer!

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  11. I'm happy to say, I've read Court and Maggie's story and loved it! You will too.

    Nas, Wonderful blog. I'll be visiting again.

    Sia Huff

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    1. Welcome Sia! And thanks forlovely comment re BloG!

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  12. There are so many places I'd still love to travel to, and yes, I agree that ziplocks are a great traveling secret!

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    1. Lydia,

      I love to travel also. Never leave home without those plastic bags. Glad you came by.

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    2. Lydia, even airport authorities appreciate ziplock bags!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  13. That sounds like a great book! Especially the sweet, romantic ending that I have a feeling is in there. :-) How cool, too, to set a book in Ghana!

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    1. Caryn,

      You can count on there being a happily ever after in my books. But do they stay in Ghana or Boston? You'll have to read to find out.

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    2. Hello Caryn, thanks for coming by!

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  14. Appreciate the intro to Susan! I agree with her on the happy endings; I'm a romantic too. :)

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    1. Karen,

      It's nice to meet you also. Glad you came by.

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    2. Hello Karen,

      Romantics like us do appreciate happy ever afters, don't we?

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  15. Great interview. I pack ziploc bags when I travel, too. You're right - they're so useful!

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    1. Sherry,

      The one time I forgot my bags and was so out of sorts that I came home and put some in every suitcase I have.

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      Thanks for reading along!

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  16. Susan,

    What a great post. I really enjoyed it and this is a great site you've introduced me to. I also enjoyed reading about your new release. Good luck with this book and future books.

    Marilyn Baron

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  17. Marilyn,
    Thanks for coming by. Nas does have a wonderful site.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn and Susan *bows*

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  18. I enjoyed reading about the new release and it sounds like an interesting story.

    I also love English accents and would love to go to the Great Wall of China.

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    1. Medeia,

      Glad you stopped in. I'm going to make the Great Wall of China one day.

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    2. Hi Medeia!

      We should all plan a Great Wall of China trip for one vacation!

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  19. That was a fun post! It's exciting to hear about all these different stories. I still haven't read a medical romance yet...

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    1. Deniz,

      Do give a medical a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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    2. Hi Deniz!

      However did you miss out so far? I always have authors giving away Medical Romances on my sites!

      All the best for the next giveaway!

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  20. Hi Susan - and wow, what a different setting! That's incredibly intriguing and it's going to sneak its way into my TBR pile :) I'd love to visit the Great Wall, too, but my top travel wish is to see the Northern Lights. One day!

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    1. Kate,

      Ghana was exciting to write about. I've seen the Northern Lights and they are amazing.

      Hey everyone, I want to let you know that Kate has written 50 books now that is amazing!

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    2. Hi Kate!

      Welcome! Friends, this is Kate Hardy, another medical romance writer!

      Congratulations on writing fifty books, Kate!

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  21. I think it's bedtime for me. I read that as Harlequin Musicals. lol Harlequin medicals sounds more interested.

    50 books???? Wow!

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  22. What an interesting setting! The Great Wall is fascinating. And great idea about ziploc! I think I shall use it. :)

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  23. great interview!And Ghana is such an intriguing setting :)

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  24. Very interesting interview. Thanks. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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