Author Archives: Linda O'Connor

Writing Medical Romance

I write medical romance. A tip for others who want to write about doctors: they cannot/would not date their patients – unless they want to lose their licence to practice medicine. I know that readers are sometimes asked to suspend … Continue reading

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A Perfectly Honest Coincidence

One of the cardinal rules of writing is that things can’t happen by coincidence. If your character uses a magical key to unlock a critical clue to the mystery, then the key must appear well before the magical moment – … Continue reading

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The Awkward (Rewarding) Curbside Grab

One of the projects I tackled this summer was to revitalize an old dresser. The top had water damage and the paint was peeling. The gold curly-cew decorative carved out detail was a little fussy and old-fashioned for my taste. … Continue reading

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Sing, Dance, and Laugh!

I’ve watched some outstanding and hilarious videos, and I thought I’d share three of my favorites. I hope they brighten your day! Michael McIntyre is a comedian and has made clips of his routines. This one of him at a … Continue reading

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A Refreshing Recipe

I thought I’d share one of my favorite salad recipes. It’s nutritious and gluten-free – and the addition of sliced oranges brighten the flavor of the spinach. If you like your dressing a bit spicy, you can add a splash … Continue reading

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Celebrate and Stay Active!

Happy Easter! This year’s celebration probably looks very different in light of the pandemic as we all respect the quarantine measures to try to keep everyone safe. I wanted to thank you for staying home and give you a gentle … Continue reading

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Perfectly Reasonable ~ Margo and color!

In Perfectly Reasonable, Margo MacMillan is a painter-turned-doctor-turned-painter. She’s trying to sort out whether a medical career is right for her and, in the meantime, painting houses pays the bills. When I wrote her character, I decided to let color … Continue reading

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So you want to write about a doctor…

The terms used for the various levels of training in medicine can be a bit confusing. If you’re going to write about doctors or if you have to interact with them, here’s a handy guide. The path to graduate and … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Coincidence!

In Perfectly Honest, Dr. Mikaela Finn jumps in and helps deliver a baby in the middle of a hotel foyer. I couldn’t write the scene without her using gloves, so she whips out a CPR keychain from her purse and … Continue reading

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Romancing the Capital 2019

I just returned from Romancing the Capital 2019, a romance writer and reader convention in Ottawa, Ontario Canada organized by contemporary and paranormal author Eve Langlais. It was so much fun! This conference was smaller than the annual Romance Writers … Continue reading

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