I love hearing about the experiences of first-time novelists like me. I stumbled upon Richard L. Mabry, MD, on Twitter. Richard’s debut novel of medical suspense, Code Blue, was released last week by Abingdon Press. Richard has an interesting backstory: He retired from medicine after 25 years as a private practitioner and 10 years as a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It was after the death of his first wife in 1999 that he turned to writing and began to pen a journey of his grief, which evolved into the book, The Tender Scar: Life After the Death of a Spouse, in 2006. Soon his passion became fiction. There is a wonderful, wonderful, interview with Richard on Writer Unboxed — one of the best interviews I’ve ever read about the process of novel writing. Perhaps the only thing better than seeing one of us make it is finding out how.