Monday, March 19, 2018

Interview with author Leonard Dean Rawlins

The Patient

1.      What inspired you to write your book?
Well, I've always enjoyed reading John Grisham's novels. His court drama's are gripping and captivates me from beginning to end. I also follow serious court cases, as there are plenty of juicy stories to be had, and writing articles or novels about the outcome of a trial, is never boring. The ability to play with words and sketch the characters, are endless. The procedure in a courtroom has always captivated me. I suppose it's because of the fact that there is so much respect on my side for the Law, that I just had to try and put it down on paper. There is justice in a court of law, and then there is also injustice. I like portraying the justice side of the system.

2.      What is it about?
It's a courtroom drama about a young boys' life that is abruptly turned upside down and into turmoil. He is involved in a vehicle accident, and wakes up three months later, paralysed from the waist down. He later finds out that the doctor who treated him during his stay in hospital, didn't execute all the necessary tests on him. The young boy hires a Lawyer to sue the doctor for negligence and malpractice. Although the doctor is summoned and a pre-trial takes place, he is unwilling to settle, and the case goes to trial. Once here, the respondent realises his mistake, but it's a little late to turn the clock back.

3.      Why should people read it?
I think it makes quite a good story, and there are plenty of people worldwide who can relate to the same circumstances. There is a twist to the story, of course. The book has only facts in it, no thumb sucking. During the writing of this book, I did extensive research, and was surprised to find that doctors actually have lawsuits going on all the time. It's like an extension of their profession, and most of these cases are settled out of court.

4.      What challenges did you overcome in writing it?
I wouldn't call them challenges, rather broadening of my horizons. I learnt a lot about medical conditions and their treatments, which made me a lot more knowledgeable around certain aspects, including the law and Justice system as well. I now know that there is a huge difference in the way that the Justice system in Europe and the USA works, as well as on other continents. It was a challenge in itself getting the information I had gathered, sorted out and weave it into the story so it makes sense. That was the biggest challenge I had, but not so difficult to overcome.

5.      What advice do you have for fellow writers struggling to break through?
There is so much competition out there when it comes to writing. It's very difficult to become acknowledged and counted under the top earners as a writer/author, but if you persevere in your dreams and goals, something should happen sooner or later. Someone will sit up and take note. All it takes is courage to pursue what you want; that; and belief in yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, who will? Believing in yourself and your degree of writing, builds character.

6.      Where do you see book publishing heading?
Book publishing has changed immensely during the last year, not to mention the last decade. It's an ever changing field, with new technology driving the printing industry on a day to day basis. Who knows where it'll all end? You could for instance, download an e-book on your smart TV in the next couple of years. The fact that digital printing is taking over, is definite. Printed books are on the decline, so what will happen to the smaller Vanity Presses? I think they'll start fading out as technology takes over. Not a nice thought, but what to do ...?


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