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Med Student, Novelist, Essayist

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It’s Been a Minute

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:41:12 +0000

It’s been a minute since I posted. In fact, it’s been a year. What a year. It must be admitted: I’ve been a distracted writer. This was mostly because of the thousand natural shocks of first year cardiology fellowship. A major illness in the family applied an equal push away from personal efforts at creativity […]

Spellbreaker Publishes Today!

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:00:01 +0000

It’s my bookday. I am now three books old. At last. My first book published in 2010, my second in 2011. Writing novels was easier in medical school. It odd thinking back to that first book day. I was like a nervous parent; I set the whole day aside just to promote it and throw […]

The Third Star

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:20:22 +0000

Spellbreaker’s publication is only weeks away now, so it’s particularly gratifying to learn that it has just earned a third pre-publication starred review! As mentioned in my last post my last post, Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly have given the book a star. Now I’m proud to report that Rebecca Gerber writing for Booklist has given […]

Preparing for Spellbreaker’s Publication

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:38:04 +0000

Last week I reconciled myself to the fact that a book needs not only to be written but also promoted. Or, at least, I tried to. It seems to me that in a perfect world, the merits of our work would be their own promotion. But–sad state of the world–to move the needle, art and […]

Spellbreaker’s Cover Art & Blurb

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:31:12 +0000

Somehow summer’s melted into fall. I’m not sure where the time went. Seems like I just updated this blog. But when the El Niño rains started falling on San Francisco last week, I realized that it’s been a whole season since I’ve posted. It’s been a busy time. Here are the highlights. Spellwright and Spellbound […]

Spellbreaker Pub Date!

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:00:52 +0000

As always this blog post is overdue. However, I am happy to report that I have just confirmed with Tor Books that the US publication of Spellbreaker will land either in late spring or early summer 2016. I’m crossing my fingers for a June publication date. The coming year will also see the publication, at […]

2014: Looking Back & Forward

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:10:25 +0000

One advantage of having a year’s end birthday is the opportunity for reflection: A year of life synchronized with a calendar year. 2014 and my 34th year were immensely busy. At their beginning, I was in the belly of intern year and still struggling to rewrite my third novel. Both tasks seemed endless at the […]

February 2014 Spellbreaker Progress Report

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:46:08 +0000

Few things are stranger than the flow of time for a newly minted physician. Individual hours unspool themselves, encompassing lifetimes of experience. Rare days off become epics of day-trip adventure or fuzzy pajama daysleeping decadence. And yet the months–strangely, paradoxically–are small feathered things; they flit by, almost uncounted. It’s the sprawling hours I wish I […]

Truly Humbling

Thu, 23 May 2013 21:04:35 +0000

Dearly Beloved You Guys, My heart is overwhelmed by the amazing response I’ve been getting from the NYT piece. The stories you all are sending me about people and families succeeding, struggling, and living bravely with disability are both beautiful and truly humbling. I wish I could reply to every single one of these messages […]

May 2013 Spellbreaker Progress Report

Wed, 22 May 2013 21:37:21 +0000

Dearly Beloved Y’all, I’ve been receiving more inquires about the progress on Spellbreaker and its expected publication date. The continued interest in the series and the notes of support mean more to me than I can express. Progress on Spellbreaker has been very good. Back in January, I predicted I should finish in April with a […]