Richard L. Mabry, M.D.: Good Medicine
Richard L. Mabry, M.D., believes practicing medicine is similar to piloting a plane—both have hours of routine and unexpected moments of stark terror.
After doctoring for 36 years, he should know. During his career, he’s done an air rescue from a helicopter, delivered a baby in a hallway and saved a young girl’s life while stationed in Azores as a member of the Air Force.
These days, he’s traded in his stethoscope for a keyboard and is set to release a fascinating tale of medical intrigue called Stress Test (Thomas Nelson). “In the story, medicine actually offers my character, Dr. Newman a respite from the stress he experiences when he becomes a suspected murderer and the target of people who want to kill him,” Mabry says, but is quick to point out that his brand of suspense is what he likes to call the “sleep with the light off” variety. “It’s enough to keep you turning pages, but not enough to cause nightmares. There’s also enough romance in my books for women to enjoy, but not so much that men close the book in disgust; and I always try to reflect the heart God has for His children.”
Even after four previously successful medical suspense novels, Mabry finds writing about doctors to be challenging at times. “It’s easy to write about the emotions and some of the day-to-day situations involved in the practice of medicine, because I’ve been there and done that,” he says. “At the same time, it’s difficult, because I’m well aware that people may judge doctors and others in the medical profession by my portrayal, yet I have to paint them as we all are—flawed beings.”
Now retired from medicine,
Mabry considers writing his new
profession, but he still answers to
“Doc.” “Outside the office I’m a
husband, father, grandfather and
frustrated golfer,” he says. “In the
office, I’m a writer.”
This article originally appeared in the February/March 2013 issue of FamilyFiction Edge digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!