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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Informed Consent by Sandra Glahn blog tour and my thoughts on the book...

What’s Informed Consent about?
Jeremy Cramer, the next Einstein of research, is a medical resident specializing in infectious diseases. While working on a way to revive water submersion victims, he makes surprising discoveries, while also living with massive guilt over incidental infections that occur (which he could have prevented). Even as his marriage teeters, his career continues to skyrocket. Then, with a few twists along the way, he finds everything he has fought for threatened by the most personal, most heart-wrenching, choices of all.
I love exploring bioethics, and this book allowed me to consider end-of-life issues, patient rights, a compassionate response to HIV-AIDS…lots of edutainment.

Author Sandi Glahn

Author Bio:
Sandra Glahn, ThM, teaches in the media arts program at Dallas Theological Seminary, where she edits the award-winning magazine Kindred Spirit. The author of six books and co-author of seven others, she is pursuing a PhD in Aesthetic Studies (Arts and Humanities) at the University of Texas at Dallas . She recently released her first solo medical suspense novel, Informed Consent (Cook). She is the co-author of three other such novels, which include the Christy Award finalist, Lethal Harvest.
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What made you decide to write a book that deals with AIDS?
The church in Africa is doing a fantastic job dealing with HIV-AIDS. The North American church—not so much. So I wanted to tackle some of our misconceptions, challenge some of our stereotypes, and hopefully help readers consider their own involvement with AIDS patients.
Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
Dr. Nate Barlow. He’s imperfect, but he cares so much for his patients. And he’s a good friend. He has every reason to be arrogant, but he’s oblivious to his own greatness.
Do you write yourself into any characters in your novels? If so, what characteristics of you do you see in this book?
No, I never pattern a character after myself. But every character has something of me because he or she comes from my imagination. Portia has my blunt side. Jeremy has my sense of responsibility. Angie has my occupation. Devin knows my Savior….
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love it when the muse flows and I lose myself in the world of my characters. Three hours later I’ll look at the clock and marvel at how time has flown. It’s like going to a good movie and seeing a story you don’t want to end.
Least favorite?
I loathe the page-proof stage, where I get the stack of questions or suggested changes from the publisher. I don’t mind the feedback—it’s always been great. But actually making the changes…talk about tedium.

Schedule and Bloggers:
Erin Teske
Kelley Mathews
D'Ann Mateer
Pam Meyers
Nicole Petrino-Salter
Gina Conroy
Jen Tiszai
Michelle Pendergrass
Mirtika Schultz
Elaina Avalos
Becky Laney
Jenny Cary
Heather Jamison
Heidi Strawser
Michelle Sutton
Margo Carmichael
Dineen Miller
Amy Lathrop
Jennifer Andrade
Rhonda Oglesby
Beth Goddard
Michael Taylor
Angie Poole
Heather Goodman
Dee Stewart
Trish Anderson
Mary DeMuth
Camy Tang

My thoughts on Informed Consent so far...

I've finished through chapter 7 and I can say for certain that not only is this book well-written and the plot compelling, but it's clear that the other has done her research by the detailed content within. Informed Consent is an awesome story. The quirky characterizations are perfectly done and the conflict is believable. I feel the pain each character experiences and their anxiety over the need to find a solution. The various marriage problems are also very well done. I hope to finish this story soon because I really need to know what happens. I highly recommend this one!

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