More About the Author
Hear me speak at the Society of Robotic Surgery in February, check out my latest satire article at http://www.gomerblog.com/2014/12/aspirates-npo/
or listen to
You probably won't want to read any of my more academic publications unless you're in desperate need of continuing education units. Anyway, my discounted promotion of "How to Succeed in Anesthesia School (And RN, PA, or Med School)" may be delayed until the middle of the month. I warn you, don't do anything impatient like buy a book you could otherwise get as a slightly discounted price. I've dedicated a whole section in the book about the consequences (and student loan interest rates) of making such rash financial decisions. I've also contributed to Monster and Mint.com about the same topic. In an effort to avoid rash literary decisions, the review of my book "Nonsense" states,
"Have you ever felt nervous around casseroles or had complex relationships with snowmen? If so, this book will hinder your healing process and is probably not for you. For anyone else, it will increase your character and cash flow."
My largest project is a compilation of plays and skits I've written and directed, and should more accurately be titled "Christian Skits & Heathen Mystery Dinner Theaters". Following the theme of vastly different writings immune to cross-promotion, my newest works include fake nursing news stories and a practical guide to successfully entering and completing anesthesia school, just like I did. Chances are, all present and upcoming ebooks are still filled with nonsense, similar to the profile picture of my brother milking a truck.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, in 7th grade I wrote a story about an intrepid child who saved the world from Martian slugs by luring them into a salt mine. As a gross boy in middle school, I really enjoyed the research required to accurately describe the slugs' demise at the hands of our brave heroine.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The frigid wastelands of northeast Ohio. My brothers and I would produce our own movies with very little deference to whatever other kids thought was cool at the time. Our Greek culture gave us a unique perspective--almost a homeschooled vibe. In college we started a speech team despite not knowing any of the rules and delighted in blundering our way to championships and accolades. Well, ok, I think we earned wooden plaques shaped like Ohio once or twice. Finally, in nursing school, my first essay came back filled with red marks and horrified commentary, reassuring me that I was ridiculous and in my own little Greek world spinning on its axis like a thick hot slab of gyro meat--I really shouldn't answer these questions before dinner.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Taking a dreadfully boring but important topic and making it fresh, fun, and alliterative.
What's the story behind your latest project?
I've been writing articles for allied health, nursing and medical magazines about different careers in healthcare and the best ways to quickly learn what's the best fit for each individual. Especially if I wrote in a research publication, they would edit out the quirky, stupid, and funny parts, so I realized I'd have to write my own book if I wanted an adequate chance at making a fool out of myself.
Your books have nothing to do with each other. Why would I want to buy them?
What a hurtful question! I update each of my books annually. This year, I added some pictures and two more stories to "Nonsense", expanded my theater work, and made an audio version of my healthcare ebook. Also, I'll make you laugh, and I use my royalty money to buy a pack of gum (also annually).
What are you working on next?
I've accepted a position as a writer for gomerblog.com, a medical satire website so irreverent that we all use pseudonyms, so I probably won't own up to any particular article. It's also the only writing I've done that brings together the ridiculousness of "Nonsense", the philosophizing of "Christian Skits & Such", and the information from "Choosing a Healthcare Career." I'm co-writing a book specifically about anesthesia and also working with my coworker and fellow author Anita Lesko.