Interview with Dr. Richard Mabry and Book Giveaway


Hey everyone. I am so excited to have Dr. Richard L.Mabry here with us today. Dr.Mabry’s 3rd book in his series Prescription for Trouble hit the stores in April. If you like christian fiction and suspense, you will love this series. I want to thank Dr. Mabry for taking time out of his busy writing schedule to be with us today. Leave a message about the interview to enter to win a copy of his latest book, Diagnosis Death. You MUST leave a comment to enter to win the book!  Please note that Giveaway Ends…..June 15th.

 Hello Dr. Mabry, it’s great to have you on my blog today. Thank you so much for being here. Tell us a bit about yourself.

 I’m a physician, retired after 26 years in private practice and 10 spent as a medical school professor. I’m a native Texan, and my wife, Kay, and I now live in North Texas. My hobbies are golf, reading mysteries, and spoiling our grandchildren.

Wow, 36 years in the medical field. That is awesome, and I am sure you could write books and books about what you have seen in all of those years in practice and being a professor. No wonder the medical scenes in your books are so accurate and awesome!  You know your stuff!!

 And I know you enjoy your grandchildren, you can spoil them then let mom and dad take them home and  deal with it! They are such a joy to us, and they are so much fun. I always think about my dad with grandchildren. He would get down in the floor and play with them, make them so wild, then send them home with us. He always said that’s what granddaddy’s were suppose to do!

How long have you been writing?

Not counting the textbooks and professional papers I wrote during my years in medicine, I began my non-medical writing career with a non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse, published in 2006. About the time I started writing that book, James Scott Bell and Alton Gansky encouraged me to try my hand at fiction. Four unpublished novels, forty rejections, and four years later my first novel was published.

Well we are glad your friends talked you into writing fiction. I’ve read the first three books in yourPrescription for Trouble Series and they are awesome. I can’t wait until fall to read the fourth one. It takes a lot of patience, but I know it was worth it when Code Blue was published. And now your forth book will be out in the fall. How amazing. I hope to have you back here for another interview so you can tell us all about it!

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

I’ll have to echo the sentiment of Dorothy Parker, who said, “I hate writing. I like having written.” The most enjoyable part of writing is hitting the “send” key to transmit a completed manuscript to my editor.

And then you can relax and wait patiently. You are such a wonderful writer, even if you don’t like writing.

 What is your favorite Scripture?

Psalm 139:1-5, which reads:
1O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar
3Youscrutinize my path and my lying down
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
5You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.

 What a wonderful passage of scripture to have for a favorite! Every time I read those five verses I am reminded of how the Lord knows us and how much he loves us. Thank you for sharing that with us today.

 How do you find characters for your books? Are the influenced by family and friends?

I hope I’m smart enough never to put family or even acquaintances in my books. No, I make up my characters to suit the needs of my plot, sometimes drawing on characteristics or peculiarities I’ve seen in other people, but never in such a fashion as they can identify themselves. I can’t afford to alienate a single potential reader.

This is always an interesting subject for me. I always want to know how a writer creates the characters they use in their stories. A lot of time researching and even more knowledge goes into the characters and their personalities. You do an awesome job of creating just the right characters. When I read your books, I feel like I am working right along with the medical team. And that is scary, since I know nothing about that field.

What are 4 things about yourself that most people wouldn’t know?

I won the State meet in extemporaneous speech my senior year in high school.

I’ve been an interim minister of music.

I went to college with Pat Boone. (We were in the same English class).

I rode an elephant in Thailand on my honeymoon.

Wow these are interesting things…..Thanks for answering this question. I think it is cool to find out little interesting things about the authors of the books we read. I bet your wife took plenty of pictures of you and the elephant!!  And Pat Boone…..that is way too cool. And I can see the speech since you are in the Medical field, and now writing books, that’s an amazing accomplishment. You are a man of many talents, to also be able to help in being the minister of music. How awesome that you are willing to use your talents for the Lord.

When will your next book be out?

The third book in my Prescription for Trouble series, Diagnosis Death, was officially released on April 1, and I’ve been pleased with both the advance reviews and the early sales. I’m just completing the final edits for my fourth book in that series, Lethal Remedy, which is due out September 1.

  We wish you blessings on the sales of all of your books, and especially Diagnosis Death that is currently out, and Lethal Remedy that will be out in September. I am looking forward to reviewing that one too.

What are you working on now?

After finishing these edits, I’ll be getting back to work on my next novel, with the working title, Stress Test. Here’s a tease:

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. His kidnappers have no such plans for him. They just want him dead.

He escapes, but his freedom comes at a price: a serious head injury that almost completes the job his kidnappers started. Matt wakes up in the ICU, charged with murder. His hopes of an academic career are going down the drain, while his freedom and perhaps his life may be next. His only ally is a fiery, redheaded defense lawyer with an itch to see justice done.

 That sounds wonderful, and it is great that you will keep us busy reading!  Oh  and thanks bunches for the teasers…… but now we have to wait how long to read the rest??  LOL  I tend to be impatient when waiting on a book!

Where can our readers find you?

My website is  I blog twice a week at And, like so many people, I’m on Twitter ( and Facebook (

Thank you so much for letting us know where to look for you on the web. And readers, be sure to go to Dr. Muray’s web sites and check out information on his books.

Anything else you want to add?

I appreciate your having me as a guest on your blog. I hope your readers will enjoy Diagnosis Death, as well as trying the other novels in the series, Code Blue and Medical Error.

 And thank you so much for taking out of your busy writing schedule to be with us. It has been exciting for me to have one of my favorite authors here. Your books are at the top of my favorite reads list! And readers, I encourage you to run out and pick up a copy of Dr. Mabry’s books asap! The first in the series is Code Blue, the second one is Medical Error, the third we have been talking about today, and you can enter to win a copy, Diagnosis Death, and the fourth will be out Sept 1st, Lethal Remedy. If you use your local library, encourage them to purchase copies if they don’t have them already. Just keep asking until they do.

 What question do you want to ask our readers?

What is your motivation for writing? If you knew you’d never be published, would you still write? (PS—if the answer to that question is “yes,” congratulations. You’re really a writer).

 That has to be the tough thing about writing, writing books that may never be published. It truly takes a real writer to keep persevering until the spotlight hits you!

 That’s all the time we have now with our guest, Dr Mabry. Lets give him a big thanks for being here by getting a copy of his books and read them. And after you read them, write a review of what you think about them and post it on some of the online bookstores like Amazon, Books A Million, CBD, etc. And if you need help, just let me know and I will be happy to help you. Or if you want to write a review and email it to me, I will post it for you. This will help Dr Mabry very much, and you can brag that you have your reviews online!!  Book Giveaway ends June 15th


43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anne Payne
    May 31, 2011 @ 12:10:41

    I love Dr. Mabry’s books! Read the first two, and really look forward to reading this one AND the next :0) I am not a writer so no answer for that one. But I will keep on reading…


  2. Meg Moseley
    May 31, 2011 @ 13:04:39

    I have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of Dr. Mabry’s books, but I will. They sound exciting. Thanks for the interesting interview, Dr. Mabry and Joy.

    My motivation for writing? I have lots of ’em. I especially love to see how a story’s themes and characters and plot can weave themselves into something I wasn’t quite expecting. It’s always a new adventure.


  3. Patsy
    May 31, 2011 @ 13:22:10

    Dr. Mabry’s books sound so good. I’ve not read any yet but looking forward to reading them. And to go to college with Pat Boone – that’s neat!


  4. Richard Mabry
    May 31, 2011 @ 17:00:53

    Thanks to all of you for your comments. And thanks, Joy, for allowing me to meet your readers.


  5. Wilma Metcalf
    May 31, 2011 @ 17:10:43

    I’ve read all 3 books on my Kindle but would love to have the real thing to loan to family. I really enjoyed all 3 books & can’t wait till Sept. for the next one.


  6. Katherine Bolger Hyde
    May 31, 2011 @ 17:12:19

    Richard, I write because I become a very grumpy, frustrated person when I’m not writing. Each book is like a tumor inside me that has to come out or it will kill me (had to get my metaphors into your territory there). And each of my (not yet published) novels so far has really touched someone who read the MS. So yes, I suppose I would still write even if I knew I would never be published.

    I’d love to win a copy of Diagnosis Death!


  7. Kelly Combs
    May 31, 2011 @ 17:31:24

    I’m already a fan of Dr. Mabry, from meeting him at Rachelle Gardner’s blog. From there I found his blog and also followed him on Twitter.

    As for writing, I just love it, and I love the communication and feedback from the reader, which is hard to get without being published. But I think I would still write even without publication, but SOMEONE would have to read it besides me!


  8. Charity Lyman
    May 31, 2011 @ 17:40:45

    I have yet to read one of Richard’s books but have heard they are really good.
    Must have been neat to ride an elephant:) The interview was lovely and very well done. Thanks!


  9. splashesofjoy
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:31:10

    Hey folks, Thanks to all of you for dropping by and leaving comments. I know this is so encouraging to Dr. Mabry. And for those who haven’t read any of this books, you are in for a real treat!
    I’m excited about the great turnout here today. Tomorrow should be an even bigger day….May we be blessed with loads of people!!
    And thanks Dr. Mabry for keeping in contact with us!~


  10. Wanda
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:52:39

    I would really love to be entered in this giveaway.
    Richard’s books are some of my favorite kind.
    Thanks so much.


  11. Shawna Wallace
    May 31, 2011 @ 21:14:04

    Oooh, this book looks so delicious! Thanks so much to Dr. Mabry for offering up one of his books. I’ve honestly just started reading suspense type books a few months ago and have become addicted to them. This book looks like it just rocks suspense. I love the design of the cover! I have posted the giveaway on my blogspot. Even if people don’t come sign up for the giveaway, maybe it will lure them to this book! I’m ready to go buy the series!

    Thanks so much!

    mzshawnaj [at]gmail[dot]com


  12. Richard Mabry
    May 31, 2011 @ 22:27:13

    Thanks to all of you for commenting. Since you brought up the “riding an elephant on my honeymoon,” I’ll give you a bit more. My first wife passed away in 1999, but God gifted me once more with the love of a beautiful woman, and Kay and I were married in 2001. I had an obligation to speak and teach overseas shortly after that, including a stint in Thailand. Because my daughter-in-law worked for the folks who own Ringling Bros. Circus, she insisted Kay and I ride an elephant while we were in Thailand. Managed to arrange it, and it was fun–except they gave us an umbrella to shield us from the sun, and in an effort to hold it over Kay’s head, I almost pushed her off. And now you know…the rest of the story.


  13. Andea
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 11:42:14

    I am so thankful to Family Fiction for turning me on to Dr. Mabry. I can’t wait to read the series!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book to get me started!


  14. Charity Lyman
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 17:50:52

    Talk about interesting:) Thanks for explaining the situation. Sounds like you have been really blessed in life:D Take care!


  15. Jo
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 18:40:43

    I have read one of Dr. Mabry’s books and really enjoyed it and looking forward to reading more by him. Please enter me for the giveaway.



  16. Lori Lochner
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 09:09:54

    I have never read Dr. Mabry’s books, but I am sure I would like them because I have been in the medical field over 25 years working. I love good mystery/suspense and am certain I would enjoy reading his books because of their tie into the medical field. I thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of his newest book, please sign me up for the giveaway! I had never heard about his work until I was visiting the ACFW newsletter.


  17. sugarpeach
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 21:40:57

    I agree with Joy, going to college with Pat Boone is really cool. Dr. Mabry, I was just wondering whether you’re in contact with him…? 🙂


  18. karenk
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 23:00:37

    would love to read dr mabry’s third masterpiece…thanks for the chance 🙂


  19. Liz V.
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 14:00:12

    Another doctor to add to the long list of successful doctor-author combinations. Most recently read Dr. Abraham Verghese’s My Own County and Cutting for Stone. Thanks for the interview and opportunity to have a copy of Diagnosis Death.


  20. Jo
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 20:24:39

    I read the first book “Code Blue” and really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the other books. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  21. Kathy Carlton Willis
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:29:48

    I’ve been wanting to read one of Dr. Mabry’s books and this one sounds great. Thanks for a neat interview.


  22. Jan Marie
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 01:06:47

    It’s far too early in my writing endeavors to even think about the possibility of being published – I write because I must, even if no one else ever reads it.

    I would love to be able to write medical suspense since that is my all-time favorite genre, but I will leave that to the experts like Dr. Mabry and simply enjoy reading them. Can’t wait to read his books – have not yet had that pleasure even though they have been on my “must read” list since I first heard of them.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I enoyed the interview – great job!


  23. brendabh
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 14:16:49

    Hi Richard, I read Code Blue and can’t wait to read more of your books. I have them on my wish list. I remember Pat Boone.. I was just married but still felt mushy inside when I saw him sing or in a movie. lol
    Riding an elephant sounds great. Guess I will have to pass on that if offered a ride. Now I am retire and not into a lot of physical activity like riding anything.
    Enjoyed your interview..
    I have been writing all my life. Began my first Diary when I was 8 yrs old. I have written some poems, a couple of songs, and some stories. But the only thing I had published was an editorial on Princess Diana after her death and 1 yr later and an editorial on Jon Jon Kennedy after his death. I still want to finish a couple of stories I started yrs ago but will need to get my self organized so I can do so.
    Congrats on your latest release and hope it will be a number 1 best seller.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com


  24. splashesofjoy
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 19:21:41

    Hey folks, Thanks so much for your comments about the interview and for entering for the book giveaway. We still have a little more than a week, so tell everyone you see about the giveaway! And have a super Sunday!


  25. Richard Mabry
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 21:10:52

    Thanks to everyone who left a comment. No, no contact with Pat after we left North Texas State (now the Univ of North Texas). And who knew my elephant experience would generate so much interest.


  26. Charlotte Kay
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 12:40:26

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
    Another new author for me.
    Many Blessings and Smiles,
    Charlotte Kay


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  28. Rebecca
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 16:48:45

    I think it is amazing that you got to ride an elephant. I think that that would be awesome. It is something that I would like to do before I die. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like an amazing book. Thank you again.


  29. charlotte kay
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 16:56:28

    Oh, thanks for the chance to win this book!
    I am most grateful!

    Many Blessings and Smiles,
    Charlotte Kay


  30. Katy
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 03:16:34

    I signed up for a Christian email book club a while ago–it gives snippets of books for a week, usually covering about the first chapter, and then allows you to decide if you want to take it out of the library.

    Well, this is the first one in a long time that I am interested in. I love the medical field (even more since I started studying to be a medical transcriptionist–how were your dictating skills, Dr. Mabry?) and would love the opportunity to win the book!


  31. Loretta Sigmon
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 11:34:50

    I am sorry to say that I have not read any of Dr. Mabry’s books, however it looks like some good reading and right up my alley. I am going looking for these books now.


  32. Leanna Morris
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 14:58:32

    Great interview…books sound very interesting..I must read this author!


  33. splashesofjoy
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 00:01:57

    Hey everyone, thanks so much for your comments and entering to win Dr Mabry’s book. Many of you have not read his books…..I know you will love them….so go grab copies and read!!
    And Hi Loretta!!! Good to hear from you. Franklin County Libraries should have the first 2 anyway, at least West Lake said they ordered them. I will make sure the have the others too!

    Keep telling your friends about my giveaway!! And have a great rest of the week!
    Blessings to you! Joy


  34. Tisha Cleveland
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 21:41:01

    Thank you for introducing me to Dr. Mabry and his books. They sound great! Would love to win his book. Tisha


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  36. Patricia Cornelius
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 20:32:34

    Thank you. He is very interesting
    Patricia Cornelius


  37. Laura Hilton
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 21:54:42

    I would love to win a copy. My husband LOVES Dr. Mabry’s books. This would be a great father’s day gift for him.

    and yes, if I knew I wouldn’t get published, I would still write. I have to write


  38. Tom Blubaugh--Night of the Cossack
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 22:27:12

    Great interview. James Scott Bell is one of my favorites.


  39. Tom Blubaugh--Night of the Cossack
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 22:28:43

    Great interview. James Scott Bell is one of my favorites. I would like to be the winner.


  40. Debbie Clark
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 23:28:50

    I have never read any of Dr. Mabry’s books, but they sound interesting. I think that going to Thailand and riding an elephant on your honeymoon would have been fun! Please add me to the drawing for the book Diagnosis Death. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Debbie Clark


  41. Patsy
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 08:44:38

    I’ve read reviews of this book and would really enjoy reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.



  42. splashesofjoy
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 10:34:47

    Hi everyone, a big thanks to all of your for your comments and for entering the giveaway. If you don’t win, I hope you will check out Dr Mabry’s book to read. I don’t think you will be disappointed!


  43. Carrie A. Larks
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 11:43:29

    Sounds like a great book. Love the suspense. Thank you for the opportunity.

    I’m not a writer, but admire their dedication and creativity. I’m an avid reader and am always looking for new authors.


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