Blogs by Craig Alan Hartpence
Adrenaline Junkies, A Paramedic Nightmare
5/12/2008 10:15:02 PM
As the author of "Adrenaline Junkies A Paramedic Nightmare"
I have recently had a few encounters with readers. This was an odd situation that I felt I needed to write about.
I have a story to tell of an unusual sort.
My book has been out for several months now and I have had alot of imput and comments sent to me directly to my email. Just to let everyone know all the editing mistakes have been corrected by the publisher and the book is now for sale in Hardcover, Softcover, and eBook.
Many have enjoyed the cover attracting them to the book. It is now published around the world and has been viewed by many at 911AdrenalineJunkies.com
Several weeks ago I was working in the level 1 trauma ER. We were extremely busy seeing approximately one patient every three minutes.
I had decided to go outside to take a break from the noise for a few minutes. As I was sitting out in the smoking area by myself, this gentleman walked up and began patting his pockets looking for something.
Because of where the hospital is located we have a large amount of homeless people, constantly going from person to person bumming money or cigarettes. As the man was patting his pockets I was thinking to myself "I hope he doesn't ask to bum a cigarette or money. I don't quite like that." Sure enough he walked over to me.
"Hey mate, do you happen to have a light for my cigarette? I've seemed to be missing my lighter at the moment."
I thought, "No problem, I at least had a light." I told him sure and gave him a light.
I kepted looking at the ground not saying anything as we sat on a bench together. The dark skin man in his native accent started asking me questions, appearing to attempt to engage me in conversation as we sat there.
"Hey mate, I see you are one of those US Paramedics. How long have you been doing this type of work?"
Keeping my answers short, I told him a long while.
He then proceded to continue asking questions about my employment at the hospital and my experiences as a paramedic in his English accent and verbage which was sort of difficult for me to follow. I speak redneck which is hard to translate. The way he spoke was interesting. I answered each question with short answers, trying to figure out what information he was looking for."
I asked him why he was here? He told me that his girlfriend had became ill and needed to see a physician, so him and his family came here.
He then asked in his English accent, "Since you have been in this business for a while. Have you happen to come across a book called "Adrenaline Junkies, A Paramedic Nightmare?"
I looked right at him and said sternly, "Who sent you out here to ask me that question? Did Ike send you out here?"
He looked rather surprise and said, "No one sent me out here, I just thought you might have seen this book, since it orginated in the US and you are from here."
The reason I was thinking this was a joke is that we are constantly playing jokes on each other in the ER while we work. Breaks up the constant inflow of sick and injured people. This smelled of a joke.
I asked him again, "Really, who sent you out here. Whoever it was, was likely laughing their butts off at the moment hiding and watching me.
I then asked him, "O.K., have you read the book yet?"
He said, "No. We were getting ready to come to the United States from London, England. My girlfriend was at the bookstore and saw this book with an unusual cover. She said it looked kind of morbid which interested her."
I interjected, "Why did she think it was morbid?"
He continued, "Most people who are paramedic writers write about the alarms they respond to. Not fiction books.
To continue, she wanted to read it on the plane over here. During the ride and as she read, she started telling me about some of the things that were in the book, it kept one uping itself each chapter. It kept her interest the entire trip. Have you heard of this book?"
I then asked him one more time, "O.K., I know someone sent you out here to play a joke on me. Who sent you out here?"
He goes, "I 'm sorry if I offended you, you seem kind of irritated about my questions."
I told him no, our entire conversation seemed to be something that appeared to be a joke that someone would play on me.
He continued, "Why would I want to play a joke on you, I do not know you. I was just interested in rather you had read the book or not."
I then told him to hang on a moment, I reached into my wallet and handed him a business card.
He looked at the front of the business card and said,
"Hey, that's the book." He then turned the card over and saw the back had been signed. "So you have read the book and had the author sign his business card. So what did you think about the book?"
I looked at him and said, "I'm the author. I' ve read it several times."
In a very suprised look the gentalman said, "Come on bloke, now you are trying to joke with me. Do you think I would be that gullable?"
I then pulled out my driver's license and showed him.
He then said, "What would be the odds. Unbelievable, I would live in England, take a trip, someone in my party buys a random book, my girlfriend gets sick, and I meet the author. Are you going to be here for a few moments? I would like to go get my girlfriend to meet you."
I told him I could walk him back into the waiting room and meet her. I ended up meeting his entire family.
His girlfriend thought he was playing a joke on her with the signed business card. I had to show her my DL also.
She was in awe. She didn't have her book with her for me to sign, she had left it at the hotel room. I ended up signing a few business cards for his family. He thanked me and said that this made his trip worth while. She enjoyed the book and thought it was very different, a unique style of writing.
Not many authors have had this type of experience and it made me feel good knowing that someone, thousands of miles away, enjoyed my book.
This experience has helped me focus more on my next book.
Hopefully, more will buy and enjoy this fiction novel.
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