I’ve been lucky enough to write and publish three works of non-fiction. In my first book, Tell Me Where It Hurts, I compressed twenty-five years of veterinary experiences into twenty-four crazy hours at my place of work, Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. In my second book, Love is the Best Medicine, I focused on two specific cases that had a huge emotional impact on the way I practice medicine. In my third book, Ever By My Side, I wrote a memoir, turning the lens inward to relive a few of the defining moments of my life in which animals took their cue, stepped up, and helped me appreciate a different perspective. Last year I leapt into the world of fiction, writing my first novel, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. It always felt like the next logical step, a perfect opportunity to use my hilarious and heartwarming experiences with remarkable animals and their variously zany, desperate and demanding owners while bending the facts and details to fit a story I wanted to tell. Here was my chance to heighten the comedy, crank-up the drama, toss in a little romance and solve some tricky medical mysteries. My latest novel, Dog Gone, Back Soon, is the second in the Bedside Manor series, picking up right where Patron Saint left off. Not so secretly I yearn for the James Herriot days of veterinary medicine, and so, in this new world of corporate animal healthcare, I pitched Cyrus against an underhanded take-over bid by a national pet clinic chain, while trying to win Amy’s heart once and for all, even as a mysterious romantic rival suddenly surfaces who appears to have the same goal. Toss in a handful of diagnostic challenges, a case of mistaken identity, the unwitting guardianship of a very unique and talented dog, and I hope I’ve created another recipe for a wildly entertaining trip back to rural Eden Falls, Vermont.
Wrap up, cozy in, and enjoy.