Echo Heron 2010

Q. Any new Echo Heron True Medicine books?
A. Yes, just now published EMERGENCY 24/​7: Nurses of the Emergency Room

Q: Of your nine published works which book do you like the best?
A: Don't really have a 'favourite', however, I do like NOON AT TIFFANY'S a great deal, although I had the most fun writing the Adele Monsarrat medical thriller series. Of the non-fiction list, I like TENDING LIVES because the chapters are so varied, rather like a roller coaster ride.

Q. How did a critical care nurse end up as the author of eight published books?
A. Writing has been my escape of choice since I was a kid—dysfunctional families of origin can do that to a person. So, I was actually an author long before I became a nurse.

Q: Are all the experiences in your non-fiction nursing books true?
A: Yes, and in many cases, very.

Q. What is being a writer like for you?
A. I love it - it's Brain Gym 24 hours a day where your soul gets exercised. But don't let me wax too euphoric - it can seem like having homework every day and night of your life.When I am working on a book, I write 10-14 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. I am completely focused on what I'm creating.
In the words of 1940's screenwriter Gene Fowler: "Writing is easy - just stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

Q: We watched your son Simon grow up over the 18 years covered in Intensive Care and Condition Critical. How old is he now and what is he doing?
A: Simon is 42 (!!) and has had his own twisty career path. Right out of college he became a mortician (I heard that collective gasp of shock). I believe he made this career move because I brought him to work with me one too many times. His most interesting 'client' to date? Jerry Garcia. He recently married. . . a nurse practitioner, of course

Q: Whatever happened to Janey?
A: Janey worked in the OR for a few years. She lives in Southern California.

Q. I have a hard time finding some of your medical thrillers. Why? And how do I find them?
A. The reason you can't find PULSE, PANIC, PARADOX and FATAL DIAGNOSIS is because my publishers had a lapse of good judgment and took them out of print. To date I have put MERCY and CONDITON CRITICAL out on all ebook readers. Next to go up on e-readers will be the Adele Monsarrat mystery series.

Q: In most of your books, you or the female main character are single but waiting for that soulmate. Are you married or 'hooked up' yet?
A: It is all too true that the life of a writer can be lonely. Besides being a complicated, strange and isolationistic lot, we don't get out much. Plus, I live in a National Park and the only way to get to my cabin is to hike in or come in by mule.
However, despite all this, I have 'hooked up' with a kindred artistic and peculiar soul who has braved the trail and claimed me. UPDATE: Although my friends and family are still having a hard time believing it, I married the above-mentioned individual in March of 2012.

Q: How is Mooshie, the world's most bizarre and traveled cat?
A: Sadly,The Moosh died at the end of 1998 after 15 years of pet/​owner bliss and mishap. At the time of his death he was still addicted to dry sherry, English Breakfast tea, potato chips and a heating pad. I am currently finishing a book about our insane travels together: working title is MOOSHU PORK WITH PANCAKES—TO GO.

Q: I understand that you are a bit of a nomad. Where have you been, and why do you move around so much?
A: It would be easier to tell you the places I haven't been...like, Outer Mongolia is one. As to why - I ask you this - why not? For a writer, it's all material. Call it research.

Q: Are you still working as an RN?
A: I worked my last shift in an ICU in San Francisco at the end of 1994 and then lived to write about it in TENDING LIVES. That shift - which was exactly as I described - brought everything to a head and made me realize I could do more for the nurses and patients through writing about the world of medicine. That being said, I do keep my RN license and ACLS current as a sort of safety net.

Q: Would you ever return to nursing?
A: I truly miss working in an ER and all those great adrenaline rushes. However, after all the political rabble-rousing I've done, I'm not sure there's a hospital administration in the country that would hire me.
That being said, I love writing and would be hard pressed to stop or even slow down.

Q. Is it true that you were a nurse on a Hollywood movie set?
A. Yep. It was a terrible movie but a hell of an experience! Unless you enjoy sleep deprivation and general abuse, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


Torn between his obsession with Clara and his lust for success, Tiffany resorts to desperate measures to keep her creative genius under his command. Clara cleverly navigates both her turbulent relationship with Tiffany and the rigid rules of Victorian and Edwardian societies, in order to embrace all the adventure and romance turn-of-the-century New York City has to offer.
This New York Times bestselling author chronicles her journey as an idealistic nursing student through the gritty realities of practice with humor and a fine eye for detail. Shockingly believable. 8 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list
NOW ON ALL E-READERS! Sequel to Intensive Care, Heron gives readers a graphic, tell-all description of life behind the closed doors of a busy trauma center. She fleshes out brief patient vignettes in ways that haunt one's memory.
In these forty chapters what nurses witness and sustain on a daily basis is revealed with candor, humor and sensitivity. From birth to death, despair to triumph, these nurses' bravery, heart and unwavering commitment shine through.
Second in the Adele Monsarrat medical thriller series. A big-city hospital A rogue killer virus. And no cure in sight. Nurse Adele Monsarrat joins forces with Detective Tim Rittman, hoping to contain a potentially ragin epidemic—before it spreads out into an unsuspecting world . . .
The third in the Adele Monsarrat medical thriller series. In this case of amnesia, memories can be fatal. When police uncover disturbing connections between the victims, Adele is forced into a hot zone of terror, where ruthless violence spreads like a disease no doctor can cure . . .
NOW ON ALL E-READERS! An intriguing medical mystery, this combination nurse, hospital and detective story, is a fast-paced, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-chair thriller set in the hectic realism of its hospital setting.
The Adele Monsarrat, RN Medical Thriller Series:
The first in the Adele Monsarrat, RN, medical mystery series. A resident killer is working overtime at Ellis Hospital. When sweet young Chloe, everybody's favorite nurse, dies in the recovery room after a routine appendectomy, nurse Adele Monsarrat's suspicions are aroused . . .
The Adele Monsarrat, RN Medical Thriller Series
Fourth in the Adele Monsarrat medical thriller series. A disfigured corpse is fished out of San Francisco Bay. Adele would never guess that the crimes she is investigating reach halfway around the world—or that she has already been added to the growing list of victims . . .