Perfectly Reasonable (Guest Post by Linda O’Connor)
by Linda O’Connor
September 17, 2015
Perfectly Reasonable is a romantic comedy about Margo and Trace who are both considering a career in medicine – but from opposite ends of the spectrum. Margo has finished medical school and doesn’t know whether she wants to continue, and Trace wants to write the perfect medical school application to get in.
I’m a physician, and I taught clinical skills (taking a history, learning how to do a physical exam and putting it all together to create a differential or a list of possible diagnoses) to medical students for over ten years. Part of my job was to create scenarios or roles for standardized patients (SPs)– actors who portray patients. By interviewing or examining SPs, medical students practice their techniques before they see real patients. In the story, Margo agrees to help Trace apply to medicine and she quizzes him with a variety of scenarios to help him understand how a doctor would think or approach patient problems. I enjoyed coming up with new scenarios – and challenging Trace!
I asked the first year medical students what they thought made the biggest difference in their application to make them successful in getting an offer of admission. The most common answer was their volunteering experience. Not because the volunteering they chose was particularly unique, but because it gave them a better understanding of who they were and their core values, opened their eyes to how others live and cope, showed them that people struggle with things they take for granted, taught them leadership skills, and gave them experience talking and interacting with people. In the story, Trace joins Margo where she volunteers – at Breaking Bread, a soup kitchen – and it’s fun to see how he learns and grows over the course of the story. And how he uses his charming personality to win over the most reluctant Margo!
Love what you do and do what you love. Sounds perfectly reasonable, but chances are, you’ll find your passion in the last place you look . . .
Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.
Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.
She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.
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Linda has been writing romance novels for four years and is very grateful to Debby Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing for the ultimate encouragement to her writing – with the leap to publishing. She has many titles including Doctor, Mom, and proud Canadian, but “Linda O’Connor – hereinafter called the Author” is one of the sweetest.
Contemporary romantic comedies are her favorite novels to read and write. Linda balances writing with her work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). She also likes to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk, or dance every day.
Laugh every day. Love every minute.