A Look at Fatal Trauma with Dr. Richard Mabry

One of my favorite books from last year was Heart Failure by Dr. Richard Mabry. (If you missed that review, you can find it here.) So I am super excited to be able to introduce Dr. Mabry to you today! His newest book, Fatal Trauma, releases this week, and I can’t wait to read it! He’s also offering to give away a copy — you’ll find the details at the bottom of today’s post.

Welcome, Dr. Mabry! What inspired you to write Fatal Trauma?

Fatal Trauma by Dr. Richard MabryThe concept had its origin when I was a professor at a medical center.  We were talking about a resident who confronted a gunman in the emergency room and talked him out of his weapon. Later I asked the novelist’s favorite question: What if? I started with two brothers, members of a drug cartel, one with a gun and the other suffering a gunshot wound. I put them in an emergency room staffed by a doctor struggling with his own self-image. Then I had the gunman holding his pistol to the head of the nurse whom the doctor had been dating. After that, the characters told me what came next.

That sounds intense! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this one your favorite?

I suppose I identify with Dr. Mark Baker, the physician in Fatal Trauma, because there are times when doubt creeps in to trouble him. Physicians strive to get it right every time. That’s difficult, but Mark does this, even when someone has him and his girlfriend at gunpoint in a busy emergency room.

Doctors carry tremendous responsibility with their decisions, as you well know. How else do you feel your background in medicine has benefited your writing (aside from the obvious knowledge of medical conditions and their treatments)?

Actually, my past writing of medical texts (I wrote or edited eight) and medical papers (I had over 100 published) didn’t help me as I started writing fiction. In fiction, the reader is looking for entertainment more than knowledge, and the writing is entirely different. On the other hand, my background in medicine taught me to dig deeply for facts, rearranging them and juggling as necessary to reach a valid conclusion.

That logic and attention to detail certainly help create a more plausible story. Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters?

Occasionally, one of the characters in my novels has a minor characteristic that’s mine or borrowed from someone I know, but most of the time they’re creatures of my imagination. I have, on the other hand, based some of the fictitious locations on cities with which I’m familiar. For instance, my book Lethal Remedy and my novella Rx Murder are set in a mid-size city not dissimilar to where I went to college.

Can you give any hints about your next book?

Abingdon Press will release my next novel, Miracle Drug, in September. In it, a physician finds himself suddenly responsible for the care of an ex-President who returns from an overseas trip with signs of an unusual infection, generally fatal and for which there is no known cure. As though that’s not stressful enough, the doctor’s girlfriend comes down with the same infection. The physician finally finds an experimental medication that may be effective, but it’s possible there’ll only be enough to treat one person. Although I wrote this before Ebola became a household word, it’s interesting how accurate my guesses turned out to be.

That sounds like another one for my reading list… What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?

I wish I’d known how important it was to edit, rewrite, edit, and re-polish my novels before submitting them for consideration. I got good advice, but I was so proud of having written a complete novel, it was difficult for me not to send it off right away. Also, I wish I’d known that writing was just part of the process—after that first contract comes editing, marketing, and writing the next novel. Although it never gets easier, it’s a nice problem to have.

Richard MabryI’m glad you haven’t let that problem keep you from continuing to write! Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?

After the death of my first wife (an event that actually led me into writing, culminating in the publication of my book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse), I clung to this verse: Romans 8:38-39. If I had not been certain that nothing—not even death—could separate us from Christ’s love, I would have sunk deeper into the despair I had to fight in those days.

Since I’ve had a number of novels published, I’ve begun signing them with this Scripture reference: Psalm 139:1-5. It reminds me that God has known me from the beginning, and He is aware of every word I speak or write.

God’s concern for those little details of our lives — and His inseparable love for us — are such an encouragement, especially during those very hard times. Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Dr. Mabry!


It began with Dr. Mark Baker facing a gunman who had nothing to lose. It could end with him behind bars.

In the Emergency Room, Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson stand at the mercy of a gunman who declares, “If he dies, everyone here dies.” At the end of the evening three men lie dead. One of them is a police officer Mark and a surgeon, Dr. Anna King, couldn’t save. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel, and their threat of revenge puts the lives of Mark, Kelly, and others at risk.

It isn’t long before the shootings begin, and Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. Because of Kelly’s growing love for Mark, she is hurt when he turns to his high school sweetheart, now an attorney, for help.

Who is the shooter? And can Mark find out before he becomes the next victim?

More about Dr. Mabry:

Richard Mabry is a retired physician, author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, and winner of the Selah Award. His latest, Fatal Trauma, is his eighth published novel.

You can connect with Dr. Mabry online:




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24 thoughts on “A Look at Fatal Trauma with Dr. Richard Mabry

  1. Bruce Gay

    I have so thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Mabry’s books! I have read three of them and am looking forward to these next two! Thank you, Sarah, and Dr. Mabry for taking the time to give us some insights into your writing. May Father continue to bless you!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  2. Caryl Kane

    Dr. Mabry is a new-to-me author. I enjoy medical suspense! FATAL TRAUMA sounds great! 🙂

    • Oh Caryl, if you like medical suspense, you definitely need to add Dr. Mabry’s books to your list! I really think you’ll enjoy them!

  3. Sarah, thanks for this chance to get to know your blog readers. I hope they enjoy Fatal Trauma.

    • I do, too! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us. 🙂

  4. Linda Rainey

    I love medical suspense because I’m a retired emergency RN. I need to try Dr. Mabry’s book.

    • Yes, do! I think you’ll like them, Linda!

  5. Jeanie Dannheim

    I read Code Blue, and I think a couple others in that series. Love medical suspense!!

    • Thanks for sharing, Jeanie! 🙂

  6. Trixi O.

    I’ve not read any of Dr. Mabry’s books and have only just heard of him from different blogs about his books. The only medical suspense author I know and have read books are by Harry Kraus. I love medical suspense but don’t get too many in the Christian genre. A lot of my family members are nurses of some kind, so this topic interests me very much! Thanks for taking the time to talk about your book & for giving a copy away to a blessed commenter!

    • It does sound like you need to try these, Trixi! 😉

  7. Kris M

    I have read some of Dr. Mabry’s books and love them! They are the type that you stay up way too late at night because you don’t want to put it down! I’d love to read this one!

    • Exactly, Kris! I hope you have an opportunity to stay up late — I mean, read Fatal Trauma — soon! 😉

  8. Jackie Smith

    Oh yes, I have read his books…..ALL to date and loved them all. I am looking forward to reading Fatal Trauma …just cause I know it will be great.
    Thanks for your giveaway.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jackie! I hope you enjoy Fatal Trauma as much as you did the others. 🙂

  9. I appreciate all the nice comments, especially from those who’ve already read some of my books. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Shirley Strait

    Looking forward to this new release by Dr. Mabry.

    • I hope you have an opportunity to read it soon, Shirley!

  11. patti hollar

    I have never read Mabry. but I like medical mystery. especially Christian Authors. how do we sign up for the free fatal Trauma?

    • Hi Patti! There should be an entry form at the bottom of the post. You’ll sign in (with Facebook or email address) and then choose from the entry options there on the form, which you’ll see once you sign in. The when the timer ends (Monday night at midnight), Rafflecopter will pick a random entry as the winner. Good luck, and I hope you’ll have an opportunity to read Fatal Trauma soon!

  12. Deanna S

    I haven’t read any of his books YET! but I will 🙂
    I do enjoy medical mysteries!

    • I hope you enjoy them, Dee!

  13. Sarah tells me that the randomly selected winner is Kris Markovich. Congratulations, Kris. Your signed copy of Fatal Trauma will be on its way tomorrow. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and if you do, all we ask of the winner is to post an honest review on a site like Amazon or Goodreads…oh, and tell your friends.
    Thanks to all of you for entering.

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