Podcast: Interview with Robyn Benincasa author of How Winning Works

On this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Firefighter/EMT Robyn Benincasa about her book How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth (Amazon affiliate link).

Robyn has been a Firefighter/EMT with the San Diego fire department for the past 15 years. She left a successful pharmaceutical sales career for the fire service. Robyn has always been a competitive athlete, but has found great success as an adventure racer. Since 1994 she has competed in the most difficult, longest, and remote adventure races on earth. She is also a professional speaker and delivers keynote addresses to more than 50 events per year.

Robyn discusses the book, explains the acronym for TEAMWORK, and shares her tips for successful writing. Robyn has founded a non-profit foundation, Project Athena, to provide adventures for survivors.

Links and Reviews:

My review of How Winning Works on the Firegeezer.com blog.

Podcast: Interview with Population 485 author Michael Perry

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I chat with Michael Perry, author of Population 485, Truck, and Coop. Population 485 is Michael’s outstanding book about being a firefighter and EMT in rural northern Wisconsin. Michael is still active as a medical first responder and fire/EMS has been the most consistent aspect of his life. Michael and I discuss how he came to EMS and his ongoing love affair with rural EMS.

We also discuss how Michael got into writing. Michael explains how Population 485 came to be after successfully publishing essays for Slate.com and Esquire. During the conversation Michael shares things that have worked well for him as a writer, like writing every day and keeping a notebook to write about experiences he has recently had.

We talked at length about writing about his neighbors, like Bob the one-eyed-beagle. He stressed the importance of remembering he was writing about his neighbors and being honest to the people he writes about and loving the place he is from.

Our conversation concluded by talking about how he continues to weave fire and EMS stories into his books. Mike also shared what keeps him successful as a freelance author:

1) Writing every day

2) Having to pay the mortgage and pay his family

3) Being driven to write

You can connect with Michael and stay up to date on his appearances and writing projects at SneezingCow.com.

Books by Michael Perry:

Population 485: meeting your neighbors one siren at a time


Truck: a love story


Coop: a family, a farm, and the pursuit of one good egg

Podcast: Interview with And a Paycheck Too Author Will Wyatt

This episode features veteran Firefighter Will Wyatt, author of the book And a Paycheck Too: Just Another Day at the Office for a Veteran Firefighter.

During the episode Will describes his inspiration to join the fire service was watching the television show Emergency! He explains that he never had an interest in EMS but a year into his career needed to become an EMT. Ever since EMS has been the majority of what he does as a firefighter.

Will was inspired to write the book to help the “average American understand what Fire and EMS professionals do in a typical day.” He went to great pains to make the book enjoyable to the public – not just insiders. He explains that life as a firefighter is a “roller coaster.”

The book is a mix of humorous stories and reflections on the fire services. He also shares one of the emotionally charged situations of his career that is told in the book.

Will wrote the book over a three month period. He usually wrote in the morning. He did not keep a journal during his career, but wishes he had. Will advises listeners to start taking notes for a few months before starting the writing process. He also encourages aspiring authors to sit in on firehouse story sessions to remember some of the other memorable moments of their career that might not be top of mind.

And a Paycheck was self published with Brown Publishing Group and is available for order through AndaPaycheckToo.com.

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