What Was He Thinking?

An interview with Paul Hardy 

Q.Why a second novel?

A: My first try at writing a medical fiction, Surgical Heights, was a new project for me, requiring new skills. I drew very much from my experiences in surgery and learned much about writing in the process. 

A year after writing Surgical Heights, with encouragement from friends, new ideas came to mind, so I started writing again slowly - until it seemed to take off in early 2012.


Q: How does A Surgical Plight differ from Surgical Heights?

A: Although both are fiction, Surgical Heights was inspired by real cases. Names and details were changed substantially so I felt comfortable they were well disguised.

Armed with some additional skills in writing, when I started A Surgical Plight, I aimed for the same format of surgical vignettes woven into a larger fiction. But this time around, I made up the cases completely - I felt more comfortable starting from scratch. I'd take a diagnosis and invent the case from there, fitting it into the bigger picture.

In both novels, however, I think the cases are believable.


Q: Is it important to read the books in order?

A: Absolutely not! A Surgical Plight, written in 2012 is a prequel about the protagonist, Jim Smythe fourteen years before Surgical Heights. But it does not matter which book is read first. Trying either one first will not spoil the other. 


Q: Who would be interested in reading these novels?

A: Anyone interested in medical fiction. This would include workers in health care and those in other fields. For those close to medicine and surgery there may be some appeal to readers about familiar scenarios. Others probably would enjoy learning about topics while reading a light, sometimes funny story.


Q: Would anyone NOT enjoy the novels?

A: Some of the medical jargon is a bit complex, so children up to sixteen probably wouldn’t be too excited about reading it. Also, there are a few naughty words and themes in the books, so anyone likely to be offended by such content should stay away.


© Paul E. Hardy  2012