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Dr. John Snow: Victorian Physician

This blog was posted on the Dashing Duchesses page on March 19, 2012. Not all Victorian heroes were tall, dark, and brooding. Come to think of it, not all Victorian heroes were handsome. Case in point? Dr. John Snow, a Victorian doctor who arguably saved thousands of lives in the mid-nineteenth century by proving cholera
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Why I Write About History

This blog is posted at The Dashing Duchesses I love the intersection of science and history, particularly learning about the ground-breaking advances that have brought us to where we are today in science and public health. The Black Death and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic hold immense fascination for me. What I find most amazing
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The Power of Peer Review

This blog is posted at The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood

I am so excited to be here, you can’t even imagine! It is so generous of the Rubies to offer this opportunity to the class of 2011 (cue matriculation music here), and I am looking forward to meeting many of you at RWA in New York!

So, who am I? I am an infectious disease researcher, and like many of you, I have a day job I love. I work as an infectious disease researcher for the federal government and my special area of expertise is tracking and preventing diseases that are transmitted between animals and humans. But days spent writing scientific journal articles can make even the most dedicated scientist long for a HEA, and I found that merely reading about it wasn’t satisfying enough – I wanted to create a world on paper.

I approached writing my first book in much the same way I have always approached a scientific question: research.  Armed with a litany of facts about a Victorian dress and diet, but having absolutely no concept about things like character arcs, I set off. I sat. I wrote. I spit out a 90,000 word novel that revolved around a cholera outbreak in 1854 London. Mere days after writing “The End”, I sent it off to a chapter contest to see if it was any good. My first contest in 2009 saw my manuscript returned with the following scratched across the top: “Is this even supposed to be a romance?” What the heck? Of course it was a romance. It wasn’t my fault the contest limited me to 30 pages, when the real relationship and the oh-so-romantic cholera epidemic didn’t heat up until page 294!
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