I wanted to update you on what is going on in my book writing life. Many great things have happened with After the Fall, which has now been out for a year and a half. There is now a paperback version and an audio version. So that makes all six of my books on all formats. Also, they are now available in the Turkish language, if you can imagine that. I was on the verge of making a trip to Turkey, but plans got averted after the tragic airport bombing there. But I will see my Turkish agent at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month.
The very latest news is that this week there is a new “title” for the collection of the four Laura Nelson books. This is called The Laura Nelson Collection. And is available across all the e-readers. It includes Shadow of Death, Twisted Justice, Weapon of Choice, and After the Fall. So if you know someone who likes psychological/medical thrillers, well, they can have them all.
What’s next? For Fall, 2017, a novel entitled—for now—Out of Egypt. The story’s about a parenteral kidnapping of a five-year-old boy to Egypt by his Egyptian-born father. Stay tuned on that one.
That brings you up to date.
Hope everything is going well with you.
I wish you the very best and appreciate your interest and support.
March 2016 Newsletter
Last year I wrote my first author-newsletter at the launch of my sixth novel After the Fall. Now I’m back in my third letter to announce that After the Fall is now available in paperback as well as hard cover and on all e-readers. But the really great, breaking news is that After the Fall has just won the Gold Medal in the Florida Book Awards for popular fiction. This award comes with a banquet in Tallahassee and a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion. I’m elated, of course, and this come on the heels of just winning the USA Today Best Book Award for adventure/thrillers.
Finally I feel that my transition from medicine to books is taking hold. Although I still volunteer as a primary care physician in Sarasota.
Many of you know about our vineyards in New Zealand. The report on that front is good, too, as the wines of Villa Maria Estates—where we sell all our grapes—still keep winning the lion’s share of awards—more awards than any other New Zealand wineries.
Back to the book front, all six of my novels are now available in Turkey. The covers are all different and the language is unreadable—to me. But hope the Turks can handle the trauma that permeates my fictional characters’ lives.
Thankful to say real-life is good. Looking forward to a South Africa trip with the family this summer and a 29 day Baltic Jewels and the Midnight Sun cruise to ten countries—just Bob and me.
About my next book? Working on it. Maybe-title is Out of Egypt.
Wishing you all the best.
For more info please go to my website: www.patriciagussin.com
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
2015 JULY NEWSLETTER
It’s now been six months since the launch of After the Fall and I wanted to let you know what’s been happening. Since After the Fall is the fourth and the last of the Laura Nelson series, I’ve had a lot of questions about “Why?” Why discontinue a series after four books. And the reason I give—although it may not be a good one—is that I started out with Laura when she was a twenty-three year old medical student in Shadow of Death. She had a three year old and a three month old son then, in 1967—and she found herself in the middle of the violence of the Detroit riots. She had three more children—one set of twins—during her four years of medical school and endured. Let’s leave it at that since what she endured makes up the plot of the novel.
I hadn’t given adequate thought to writing “a series” but when I went about my second novel, Twisted Justice, I decided to use Laura as my protagonist and to move her seven years forward, making her thirty-four. Everything’s different in her life. She’s a thoracic surgeon in Tampa, her husband, no longer a Detroit social worker, but a Tampa Bay news anchor. Her kids are in the fun middle years, but her life falls apart—all part of the plot.
I took a diversion from Laura for my next two standalone novels, And Then There Was One and The Test.
I kept getting a lot of questions about “what happened to Laura?” so for my fifth novel, I again fast forwarded Laura’s life. In Weapon of Choice Laura is forty-one, chief of surgery, and her kids are teenagers. She gets involved in bioterrorism resulting from a personal vendetta and an act of domestic terrorism on a large scale.
By now, I’m hooked into the series and After the Fall occurs seven years later when Laura is forty-eight. Her kids are now grown, she has a love interest, and she’s enjoying huge career success as a transplant surgeon when—she falls, fractures her hand, her surgical future destroyed. Reluctantly, she takes a job in the pharmaceutical industry to work on an antirejection drug and that—leads to the plot line.
Next book, if I kept up my every seven year scheme, would make Laura fifty-five. I think that’s a bit on the older side for a female protagonist. But I’ve been amazed at how many disagree with me!
And that’s the long answer to my most frequently asked question.
2015 JANUARY NEWSLETTER
To my family and friends,
I’m trying out a Newsletter to let everybody know about my new book, AFTER THE FALL. It’s my 6th novel and the 4th in the Laura Nelson series. I’m very excited about AFTER THE FALL because it is the last of the series and brings to closure many issues that have popped up its three predecessors. (SHADOW OF DEATH, TWISTED JUSTICE, WEAPON OF CHOICE). Why am I ending the series? Because Laura is now 48 years old and since I jump the series every 7 years in her life, she’d be 55 in the next one, a bit oldish, don’t you think?
A couple of things about this Newsletter. It will be infrequent. Only about a new book or if I win the Nobel Prize for literature – well, maybe if I win the Edgar Award, or the Thriller Award, or the Agatha Award, or some-other-big award. Also, it’s very easy to opt out. Just unsubscribe below.
AFTER THE FALL is off to a good start with a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly as well as an excellent Booklist and Suspense Magazine review. Each of these reviews highlighted Laura Nelson’s transition from surgery to pharmaceutical research and those of you who knew me in my J&J days can imagine that readers will be going behind the scenes in big pharma. I promise you though, that unlike most medical thrillers, this one does not make big pharma the bad-guys.
Next, I want to thank you all for helping my prior books make best-seller lists, particularly AND THEN THERE WAS ONE, a New York Times and USA Today best-seller. Who could ever have imagined this? Certainly, not me.
And, if you do read AFTER THE FALL, all authors—and I am no exception—appreciate those 5 star reviews on Amazon and B&N.
And, please pass this along to anyone you think may want to stay in my writing-loop.
And, if you are not on Bob’s Monthly Newsletter from Oceanview Publishing and would like to be, just let me know with a reply to this email or our day-to-day email address email@example.com
Thanks again for the incredible support and Happy Reading!
Patricia Gussin aka Pat Stewart
PS – I still need to get me a pair of those red stilettos and hope I don’t make “the fall” a reality.