|Julie Lence, author|
Copyright © 2012 Julie Lence
I grew up watching John Wayne on Sunday afternoon television. Sprawling ranches, horses, cowboys and the old west became my passions. Little did I know back then that I would be writing about them today.
In each of my stories, I try to incorporate as much accuracy to the era as I can. One such way I do this is through research. For No Luck At All, the story opens with my hero having just obtained his medical degree from a Boston college. Since my background is accounting and not medical, I wanted to make sure that there was such a college in 1874 Boston that Creel could have attended, so I went to Google. A few clicks of the mouse and I found numerous articles pertaining to Harvard and Massachusetts General, how the two colleges were close in vicinity, how they related to the medical profession, and how they eventually became affiliated with each other. Having found that, I did take liberty in creating Creel's mentor, Dr. Somerfield, but I made sure that the time Creel was away from home attending college to become a doctor was valid.
My readings about both colleges led to other areas of medicine during the 1800s. One of which was the use of ether during the Civil War. I'm not one for blood, guts, and gore, but I have to say I was captivated by the discovery of ether and how surgeons used the drug to lull patients to sleep when bones had to be cut off. From that little bit of info, I knew I had to put Creel in a similar situation; thus Bob being attacked by a mountain lion was born. Doctors had be careful when adminstering ether, or risk losing their patient. Creel was no exception. He remained calm and dutious to his profession and patient, taking care to apply a small amount of ether to a cloth and then hold the cloth over the patient's nose until the patient fell asleep.
Research can be a wonderful thing, especialy when the subject holds a personal interest. It can also lead to other eye-openers, such as Creel with the ether. No matter what story I'm currently working on, a little bit of research and something I hadn't thought of, or didn't know, usually ends up in the book.
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February 6 to 12, 2012
Romancing The West Cupid Party