Podcast: Interview with Matthew Sias Author of Silent Siren

This episode of the Medical Author was with Matthew Sias, author of Silent Siren: Memoirs of a Life-saving Mortician (Amazon link).

Matthew started in Fire and EMS as an explorer with the Bainbridge Island Fire  Department 1989. He went on to become and EMT and a paramedic, including training in the King County Medic 1 program. Matthew, currently a paramedic with Central Skagit Medic 1, has also been a reserve police officer, coroner, mortician, and death investigator.

During the conversation Matthew shares that most of the book is about his paramedic experience, but that he weaves in his different roles. Co-host, Brian Lilley, asked Matt to read several passages of the book about Matthew’s different roles.

Matthew shares his process for writing the book and that it was a project he felt that was always in him. The writing process took about three years. Silent Siren is self published.

We conclude the episode with Matthew’s advice for aspiring authors. He encouraged writers to “look for deeper meaning of their experiences.” Matthew shared some of his favorite EMS authors, including George Steffensen, Peter Canning, and Kelly Grayson (links are to episodes of the Medical Author Chat with these authors).

Silent Siren is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Create Space, and his website.

Podcast: Interview with Addicted to Life and Death author Janice Ballenger

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with author Janice Ballenger about her book, Addicted to Life and Death: Memoirs of an EMT and Deputy Paramedic. Janice started as a vehicle rescue technician then became an EMT. After joining her local ambulance association as a volunteer EMT she became a deputy coroner in Lancaster County. She served a four year term as the deputy coroner.

One chapter of the book is dedicated to successful and unsuccessful suicides and the tremendous toll suicide calls take on families and emergency responders. An important theme of the book is relating the physical and emotional stress of being an EMT.

Janice began writing about her feelings and thoughts after calls. She filled many journals over the years with her stories.

Part of Janice’s book tells her story of responding to the mass murder at the Nickle Mines school on October 2, 2006 as the deputy coroner. She used writing and working on her book as a way of turning her mind away from what she experienced at the Nickle Mines school.

We conclude our conversation with Janice’s advice for aspiring EMS authors. You can connect with Janice on Facebook.