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.

Writers on Writing and a Little More

Michael Morse shares an article he wrote on writing for Writer Magazine in 2008.

Peter Canning shares praise for the Rogue Medic. I also really appreciate his shout out for the Medical Author Chat. Thanks!

The EduMedic, Brian Lilley, has posted a review of A Paramedic’s Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between.

Maybe one of these EMS writers is cranking away on the next Hunger Games.

Podcast: Interview with Found Wanting author Sean Fitzmorris

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast I talk with author Sean Fitzmorris about his book Found Wanting. Sean is a paramedic and nurse. He has worked as an EMT or paramedic since 1991 in private and public EMS systems in New Orleans. He is currently an ICU nurse and has also worked as an Emergency Department RN.

Found Wanting is a fictional story loosely based on Sean’s experiences. Found Wanting started as a series of blog posts that readers encouraged Sean to bring together as a book which is about a serial killer murdering his patients.

During our conversation Sean explains his process for Found Wanting, how it grew out of a series of blog posts, and how he has used social media tools to market and sell the book. Sean’s advice for aspiring writers included a shout out to the excellent book En Route, making your work “readable so anyone can enjoy it,” and “write what you know about things that actually happened.”

Found Wanting is available from Lulu.com, Amazon, and other online book sellers.

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Vote Now: EMS Blog of 2010 Contest

Three Medical Author Chat guests are finalists in the Black Diamond Boots Fire & EMS Blog of the Year 2010-2011 Contest hosted by the FireCritic.com.

  • Steve Whitehead for his blog theEMTSpot.com
  • Michael Morse for his blog Rescuing Providence
  • Kelly Grayson for his blog the Ambulance Driver Files

I am also proud that my blog EverydayEMSTips.com was nominated and made it to the final round of voting, but since voting opened I have been splitting my votes between theEMTSpot.com and Rescuing Providence.


Now Reading: En Route by Kelly Grayson

Thanks to the Kaplan publishing free ebook promotion I am reading En Route: A Paramedics Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Betweenby Kelly Grayson. I am really enjoying Kelly’s writing style, sense of humor and chronicles of his early years as a paramedic.

I am reading the Kindle edition, available at no cost for a limited time. Since I have been travelling I have been reading using the Kindle Android App on my HTC hero. I am enjoying reading on my phone more than I thought I would.

Thanks Kelly and Kaplan for the free book.

Podcast: Interview with En Route author Kelly Grayson

Listen to this interview with Kelly Grayson about his book En Route: A Paramedic’s Stories of Life, Death and Everything in Between. This episode was originally broadcast at EverydayEMSTips.com. Browse to Everyday EMS Tips to read the episode show notes.

Author Interview Scheduled: Kelly Grayson at EMS Expo #EMSExpo

Tomorrow I am interviewing author Kelly Grayson on a special live recording of the EMSEduCast podcast at EMS Expo in Dallas, Texas. Kelly is author of En Route: A Paramedics Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between

Once recorded the show will be posted at EMSEduCast – the podcast by and for EMS Educators.

Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between as told by Kelly Grayson

This is the very first episode of the Medical Author Chat. I recorded this conversation with Paramedic, educator blogger, and humorist Kelly Grayson before I knew the Medical Author Chat would become a podcast. Originally posted at EverydayEMSTips.com October 6, 2009.

Paramedic Kelly Grayson discusses his book, En Route: A Paramedic’s Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between. Listen to Kelly in this audio interview with the EMS author, blogger, and educator explain his reasons for writing the book and how it was written. Kelly also shares one of his favorite stories from the book and describes his writing style.

Kelly concludes the interview with tips for other paramedics that are aspiring writers. You can find more about Kelly and read his blog A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver.

Have you read this book?

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