Interview: 2 Weeks a Year Author Trent Cherin

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat Trent Cherin tells us about his book 2 Weeks a Year: Finding Humor while Deployed in Iraq which is about his deployment to Iraq as an Army National Guard Medic. Unlike most authors being a medic wasn’t something Trent did full-time. Rather it was something he did away from his normal work because he enjoyed helping others and being part of the National Guard. He describes being a medic as “a nice break.”

2 Weeks a Year is a chronicle of Trent’s 548 total days of deployment. Much of which he spent on a base in Iraq just north of Baghdad. The book was put together from photos and emails he sent to family and friends during his deployment. He also wrote the book as a way to remember his experience.

EMS Week Special: Trent is graciously offering a free download of 2 Weeks a Year from Amazon for the Kindle e-reader or Kindle app during EMS Week 2012. This download is only available from midnight Sunday to midnight Tuesday. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to download the book.

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Book Review: 2 Weeks a Year

I posted a review for 2 Weeks a Year Finding Humor in Iraq at Everyday EMS Tips. I enjoyed this book and have an interview scheduled with the author.

Book: 2 Weeks a Year? Finding Humor while deployed to Iraq

While aimlessly browsing through the books available in the Kindle owner’s lending library I found 2 Weeks a Year?. (Amazon Affiliate Link)

The cover photo, of a soldier in front of an Army ambulance, caught my eye. After reading the free preview I learned the author, Trent Cherin, was a combat medic deployed to Iraq. I am now quickly reading through SSG Cherin’s stories that were originally written for friends and family. I am enjoying his first person account and looking forward to reading the complete book.

The sub-genre of Iraq war EMS literature is one of my favorites. Other books I have read include:

What other titles should I read in this genre?

Podcast: Interview with Todd Baker about Baghdad E.R.

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I speak with Dr. Todd Baker about his experience as an emergency physician at the 82nd Combat Support Hospital in Iraq that he chronicled in his book Baghdad E.R.: 15 Minutes.

In our conversation we discuss Dr. Baker’s background in medicine, how he ended up deploying to Iraq, and his ongoing involvement in emergency medicine in Branson, Missouri. We also learned about Dr. Baker’s involvement in an episode of Untold Stories of the ER on TLC which you can watch on March 14, 2012.

At the end of the episode Dr. Baker shares his advice for aspiring authors. His encouragement is simple, “Go for it!” He believes we all have stories to tell.

10% of sales from Baghdad E.R. will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Connect with Dr. Baker at or email him at toobaker at baghdader dot com

Podcast: Interview with the Nightingale of Mosul author Susan Luz

This episode is a conversation with Susan Luz author of the Nightingale of Mosul. Susan has been a nurse since 1972. She wanted to serve in Vietnam, but instead joined the Peace Corps. Listen to her stories of serving in the Peace Corps and working in community health nursing which eventually led her to join the Army Nurse Corps at age 33.

Susan has recently received her retirement orders and looks back on wonderful career of service in the Peace Corp, Kuwait, and Iraq. During our conversation we discuss PTSD, prevention of combat stress, and taking care of treating the “expectants.”

Retirement will not slow Susan down. She is already volunteering with the VA as a mentor and has full-time job at a psychiatry facility. Contact Susan to schedule a reading or appearance by emailing: