Many of you know that my future father in law has been in the hospital recovering from a double bypass surgery. He is doing very well and is now recovering at home. On Sunday we visited him when he was still at the hospital. He was at Washington Hospital Center in D.C. and to get there we drove through the city. We passed Walter Reed Medical Center (the old one) and it brought up memories of going to the museum there and seeing all the medical mysteries. I started to tell Grant about my experience there and watching the autopsies.
He then asked me a question that I had to stop and think about for a second. He asked: "How does watching autopsies and seeing dead bodies not bother you but hospitals do?" It's true, hospitals making me nervous. Something about sick people with tubes sticking all through them really unnerves me, but dead bodies I'm fine with. The way I explained it to Grant is that I can deal with dead bodies because they're just that: a dead body. They're a shell; there's no soul in them. They are simply flesh and bone. The soul moves on and the left over is just matter. I can deal with that. Hence why at one point I wanted to be a Medical Examiner.
The concept of what makes people tick and getting down to the cause of that intrigues me. What stopped me was going to medical school because I would have to do a medical rotation in a hospital. I had no desire to work with people that were alive. Dead bodies on the other hand I can easily deal with because in my mind they're not people anymore. I don't mean that to sound harsh but that's just how I see it. Once a person's soul leaves the body they are just that, the body.
It is no secret that I have a fascination with the dead. Those of you who have read my fiction know that I take those concepts of death and make them part of life as bloody as it is sometimes. My book Summer's Hollow is no exception. It focuses on the dead, the living and all those in between.
In case you missed it yesterday I had to postpone the release of Summer's Hollow due to some editing problems. I promise though that it will be well worth the wait once everything is sorted out. Writing novels can be very complex at times; this is one of those times. :)