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Five Medical Pitfalls Authors Fall Into


One of the reasons I created my medical blog for authors, Redwood’s Medical Edge, was to right some of the wrongs in published works—traditional and indie—that caused me to want to toss the book aside and move on to something else.


A reader, even one who primarily reads fiction, wants to trust you as an author. Part of building that trust is doing your research to make sure the details are authentic. The more close to real life you write, the more believable your fiction is. Strange, right?


As a medical professional of almost twenty-five years, these are a few author pitfalls that will signal to me that an author has not done their research and I begin to wonder what other details of their manuscript they’ve been loose with.


  1. Referring to an ECG as an EKG: This is relatively common and you’ll likely be given a pass on this because as medical professionals communicate with one another—we still will say “EKG” but the correct terminology is ECG. An ECG comes from electrocardiogram and is when we attach patches to your chest to look at the electrical activity of your heart.


  1. Anatomical Issues: These can be annoying because they are the easiest to research on your own. I’ve seen passages in published novels where the spleen is on the right side (it’s on the left), and the clavicle referred to as a scapula (your collar bone versus your shoulder blade.) Easiest way to determine where a certain organ/bone is would be to Google search specifically—“what side is the spleen on?” It should pop up pretty readily.


  1. HIPAA Violations: HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This is the law that governs patient privacy and is the information you receive each time you seek medical care that dictates how your health information is shared. The easiest way to understand patient privacy is that only people who are in direct care of the patient should look at that patient’s information.Let’s look at an example.

    I take care of a neighbor’s child in the ER during a shift. If my husband calls me at work, I can’t say, “Hey, Mindy is here with her daughter. She broke her leg.” This is a violation of HIPAA. Now, I can share that information if Mindy says I can do so but she has to give me permission. Other types of HIPAA violations I’ve seen in published novels? A nurse giving patient information to a reporter—this is a huge no-no. All information released to the press is done through the public relations office. This is drilled into every medical professional’s head from the get-go. Another example from real life was when a local news station shot an interview with a nurse manager where the patient tracking board was in the backdrop. All big no-no’s.


  1. Injuries that heal too quickly: Sure, you want conflict and sometimes conflict means a character taking a bullet or being in a car accident. Often times the problem in fiction comes after the injury and what your character will be reasonably able to do. These need to match. For instance, if your hero takes a bullet to the arm and it shatters the bone, then that arm is out of commission for a good six to eight weeks. It cannot be wielding a gun the next day and firing off shots with remarkable accuracy. Make sure whatever injury your character suffers, the physical effects of the injury is reflected in the manuscript. If your character breaks a femur then they will not be running the next day.


  1. Scope of practice issues: The term scope of practice covers a set of laws that dictate what a licensed medical person can and can’t do. They vary from state to state so if your novel is set in a specific locale it will behoove you to look at those laws. An example of a scope of practice issue is an EMT performing a C-section. This is clearly outside their scope of practice. Now, can he do it in a fiction novel? Yes—but he also needs to be seen struggling with the decision. He will know it’s outside his scope of practice but does it anyway—this is conflict. He will also be responsible for the consequences that follow. A good example of this was the novel Midwives by Chris Bohjalian where a midwife performed a C-section.Remember, medical characters in fiction can do bad things. Violating HIPAA laws and operating outside their scope of practice makes for great conflict and novels should have loads of conflict. However, the reader, in order to trust you and your research, needs to know that you know the character has done a bad thing and the character should suffer consequences for it. For a nurse, this could be something a mild as a verbal warning to as serious as losing a nursing license.


What medical inaccuracies have you seen in published fiction?




jordyn-337eJordyn Redwood is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge– a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.












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fractured memory


Six months of memories lost. Memories that include the attack and the man who tried to kill her. And the man who rescued her. Which one is the man at her door now?


Serial killer, aka the Hangman, was unsuccessful at taking Julia Galloway’s life before; now he is determined to accomplish his task. United States Marshall Eli Cayne is charged with protecting her. He rescued her from death the first time; can he keep her safe now?


Against all logic and her better judgment, instinct compels Julia to trust this man. The hired hit man will stop at nothing to see her dead, thrusting Julia and Eli into a partnership—and mutual attraction they both struggle to deny.


Can Julia face her shadowy memories? Memories that could help solve her case and free her from a life of torment? Or will she leave them in the tomb of her mind, undisturbed?

Can Eli keep her safe, even as the killer closes in, seeming to breach the barrier of U.S. Marshals and the FBI?



Ms. Redwood drew me into this story from the very beginning. Her tight writing and gripping story kept me turning page after page. I felt Julia’s sense of being trapped, even with the shadowy net of her own making. I felt the tug of her heart to trust this man she cannot remember. And I felt her tenacious fight to live, and to best her killer.






Jordyn Redwood is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self-professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge– a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.







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The month of November is a special time for me:

my second novel and sequel to


the second in the unsavory heritage series,


Clara Bess

will be available 30 November on Amazon




                                BOOK REVIEW – PERIL by JORDYN REDWOOD                               

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Ms. Redwood has outdone herself this time! This story teeters on the edge of ethics. And of humanity.


Dr. Thomas Reeves specializes in research medicine and experimental protocol. He has found the cure for PTSD. How far is he willing to go to prove his theory? What constitutes success?

Working with volunteer patients, Dr. Reeves creates autobiographical memory, far superior even to photographic memory. His select patients, former military, are prime candidates for Dr. Reeves’ surgically altered soldiers. When Dr. Tyler Adams, Reeves’ associate, discovers anomalies with the protocol, Reeves dismisses the reports.


Dr. Adams’ finding prove true, however, when three subjects take hostages, one of them pediatric ICU nurse, Morgan Adams—Dr. Reeves’ own daughter. Will Dr. Reeves concede his protocol and research failed? Or will he turn away—as he has done in the past—and let his daughter be killed?



Ms. Redwood has set current-day headlines against age-old moral questions into one chilling and unthinkable story. Emotions and tragedy play into the characters, molding them to the actions they take. Or don’t take. I held my breath as action unfolded, as Morgan walked a fine line between life and death. I felt my anger rise as Dr. Reeves repeated his past attitude. I cried as Morgan fought to save a gunshot victim inside the ICU. And I felt the burning frustration of Dr. Reeves’ subjects, fighting the nightmares of the surgical implants tormenting their minds.


A pinnacle conclusion to her Bloodline Trilogy, Ms. Redwood has wrought a story of fine tension and forceful action.





JORDYN REDWOOD is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self-professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge– a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.


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“The highly anticipated second installment of the Bloodline Trilogy explores the boundaries of faith and family and what happens when both are put to the test.” (taken from the back cover blurb.)

Keelyn Samuels thought the harrowing experience was behind her. Thought she could go on with her life, have a normal life, even. Until a man who called himself Lucent sits on the diner stool next to her. A man who knows too much about her. And about that day.

That day was the day her mother had died. The day her step-father had killed her mother. Only Keelyn and her half-sister, Raven, survived the hostage ordeal. Not only was their mother dead, but their siblings were too. Mentally ill, Keelyn’s stepfather, Raven’s father, was carrying out orders, orders from a hallucination he called Lucent.


Now, Keelyn and SWAT team member Lee Watson were engaged, anticipating their happy life together. But the evil that had stalked and tormented Keelyn’s stepfather has resurfaced, in the flesh, taking vengeance on all who were involved on that day.


As layer compounds upon layer, and twists turn and turn again, the story becomes more complex, the killer more mysterious. Every new clue and discovery leads to more layers of mystery. What is killing these victims who are dying at seeming random intervals? What poison is the killer using? Can Keelyn and Lee find Raven before she becomes a victim? Or is she the one poisoning the victims? Will Lucent get to Keelyn and Lee before they can get to him?



Ms. Redwood has once again spun an intricate tale, with threads crossing threads. Her characters are vivid and real, my heart pounding with theirs, as they find themselves in one dead-end trail after another. I puzzled as they did over clues that didn’t seem to add up. And when the truth is discovered, I breathed a sigh of relief as surely as they did.


Thoroughly engrossed in this story, I look forward to the third in this series.




JORDYN REDWOOD is a nurse by day, novelist by night. She has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for nearly two decades. As a self-professed medical nerd, she reads medical textbooks for fun. This led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge– a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Jordyn loves to weave medical mystery into her story lines and see how her characters navigate through the chaos she creates.


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Please give a big welcome to JORDYN REDWOOD.


rem: Thank you, Jordyn for being on my blog this week.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

JORDYN: I’m a pediatric ER nurse by day—suspense author by night. I’m married with two beautiful daughters. I was born in Wyoming but raised in Colorado. I lived in Kansas for about thirteen years after graduating from nursing school but have been back living in Colorado since 2006.

rem: Colorado is beautiful country – I lived there for sixteen years and I miss it sometimes. How does your medical side balance with your writing life?

JORDYN: One is a gift to the other. Writing helps me process all the emotions that stem from nursing and my medical background has given me the knowledge to write medical thrillers. I put aside writing to do nursing and sometimes kick myself for doing that but as the saying goes . . . God wastes nothing and I think my two passions have blended nicely.

rem: What a blessing to recognize that balance, and what an excellent outlet for your emotions. Tell us three things about yourself.

JORDYN: I’m a tea addict. I have enough tea to survive the apocalypse—or so my husband says. I’m an avid cross stitcher and sometimes quilter. I’m mildly addicted to the game Friendly Fiends.

rem: I, too, am a tea addict, have said for years my blood type is A-tea-positive… What was / were your favorite book(s) as a child?

JORDYN: The earliest books I can remember reading and coveting were Shel Silversteins’s poetry books. In my high school years, my love for suspense started with Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Honestly, I don’t think my mother realized what those books were about but it’s the first time I ever said, “I’m pigging out on this book. I don’t want it to end!”. That’s when I also fell in love with Dean Koontz.

rem: Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

JORDYN: I tend to not reread books. But the one book I have gifted over and over and will reread is Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado. I think it’s his best one.

rem: Max Lucado is great. What is your most treasured possession?

JORDYN: My most treasured possessions are the handmade things from the women in my family. Quilts. Afghans. When I got married, my grandmother typed all of her German recipes on an old fashioned typewriter and gave it to us as a wedding gift.

rem: What a wonderful gift! What is your greatest fear?

JORDYN: My children dying before me.

rem: I can understand that, a few people in my life and in my family have experienced that and I honestly can’t imagine anything more heart wrenching. What is your greatest regret?

JORDYN: I abandoned writing when I went to nursing school and didn’t pick it up again until my early thirties. I should have continued to write and develop my craft through my twenties.

rem: What is it they say about hindsight? I didn’t even start writing seriously until after I turned fifty… What is your favourite quotation and why?

JORDYN: I actually heard commentator Bill O’Reilly say once—“Things are never as bad or as good as they seem.” I find this true in a lot of ways and it helps me stay centered when I start to worry about things I can’t control.

rem: Wise words, perspective sometimes is everything. What do you most value in a friend?

JORDYN: I think I value loyalty the most. Those people that stand next to you when things are tough—when you can’t see through the current crisis to the other side.

rem: Not much of a friendship without loyalty. What do you do as a hobby?

JORDYN: I quilt and cross stitch.

rem: Love both of those, never tried either… Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?

JORDYN: Dogs. Maybe it’s because they’re such loyal creatures as well!

rem: Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?

JORDYN: Peril is my favorite book that I’ve written. It deals with the issue of whether or not the phenomenon of cellular transfer of memory exists which is where people who get an organ transplant develop tastes or have memories from the person they got the organ from. If you want to see the Planned Parenthood issue dealt with in a Christian way—then I would have people read this book.

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rem: I’ve read Poison and Proof, (loved them both!) and will be reading Peril to include in my November Blog Blitz for the launch of my second novel. Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read?


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JORDYN: Suspense is my favorite genre to read but I also read a lot of nonfiction for research. My favorite authors are Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and Linwood Barclay.

rem: What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?


JORDYN: I wish I could say I had a writing routine. The way I approach my writing commitments is basically a form of triage. What is due first usually gets my focus. I actually think this isn’t a good way to manage my writing career. I’m trying to fix that—to not be so reactionary to my schedule. I have an awesome writing cave that my husband built for me.


rem: Never thought of applying “triage” to writing, but I do basically the same thing! And awesome sauce to your hubby for building your cave! Tell us a little about your writing journey.


JORDYN: I’ve always loved to write stories since I was a little girl. As soon as I could write sentences—I was writing stories. As I said, I gave up writing for a “real job” for over fifteen years. After my first daughter was born, I convinced my husband to get me a laptop so I could begin to write down all these crazy stories in my head. I became involved with a local writer’s group and began to go to local conferences to see if “people in the know” thought I had any talent. That was around 2003. About six years later published authors were telling me my writing was good enough to get an agent. That happened in 2009. My first publishing contract came in 2011. First novel published in 2012. It’s true when they say it takes six to ten years to learn the craft of writing.


rem: As I mentioned earlier, I started writing late in life, but have come to recognize God-appointed seasons; methinks what you’ve just described sounds like such seasons.

What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

JORDYN: Writing the first draft is a struggle for me. It’s such a mind game. One day—your words are brilliant. The next day—you want to toss your computer into a big metal grinder and destroy it. I’ve learned that all first drafts need work so just get the words on the page.


rem: Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?

JORDYN: My favorite part of writing is actually research. I could research forever and never get tired of it. I love it because I love learning and taking what I’ve learned and turning it into stories.


rem: Meeee toooo!! I love the research, and have reams of trivia that never makes it to the story! (filed away for future use, of course!) What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

JORDYN: Getting reader e-mails is the best thing ever. Connecting with readers. Knowing that the words you’ve written have helped someone through their day or challenged their thinking on some level is addicting.
rem: Hearing from readers who love what you’ve (I’ve) written – nothing like it! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer?
JORDYN: 1. Write what you want to write. Someone told me once that I should write magazine articles to develop a writing resume to increase my chances of getting a book published. I just didn’t see the value of that. If I want to write books—then that’s what I should practice doing. If I want to write magazine articles then I should do that. rem: I agree!


  1. Write a complete first draft and then let people critique it. For years, I was stuck on the first thirty-thousand words of my novel because I would write some, let people read it, and then I felt like I had to change what they didn’t like about it. This kept me from developing my own voice.


  1. Be open to writing opportunities that you consider outside your genre. My first published work was a chapter in a medical textbook that dealt with nursing care of an abusive head trauma patient. I was asked to write it by a physician I had worked with in the Pediatric ICU—after I left. I’d never mentioned to her that I wanted to be a writer. It was a total gift. A great learning opportunity because I wasn’t as emotionally connected with the writing as I am with my fiction stories. It was more like writing a research paper. The experience was invaluable.

rem: Good recommendations. Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

JORDYN: My latest book is currently titled The Hangman’s Noose and is set to release July, 2016. It was my entry for Love Inspired’s Blurb to Book contest. Next, I’ll be going through edits of my first indie book and writing two or three book proposals. Becoming part of the Love Inspired family has been a true gift and I hope to do many more books with them.

rem: Congratulations on being part of Love Inspired! And congratulations on your new book! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

JORDYN: I think the central theme of my books is God’s sacrificial love for us and what that means. I hope, even though it is a scary tale you’re reading, that’s what you see at the end of the story.

rem: Some of what we read in the Bible are pretty scary – getting thrown in a lion’s den? And doesn’t God’s love make a way always! I like that about your books, by the way. Thanks for joining us today, Jordyn. It’s been a pleasure having on my blog!


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The month of October is a special time for me:

my debut novel, my baby,


 will be released IN PRINT on Halloween!





What do you do when you’re an ER doctor and an atheist? What do you do when you tend a pregnant patient who is the victim of a serial rapist? What do you do when you butt heads with the detective on the case? Meet Dr. Lilly Reeves as she begins a journey that will take her on first one twist and then another, searching for answers that defy medical evidence. Lilly first sets out on her quest to answer unanswerable questions. DNA evidence “clears [the] suspected serial rapist” but Lilly has to find a way to prove otherwise. With well-guarded secrets of her own, her quest brings her face to face, not only with an unthinkable monster, but with her own past as well.


A critical and emergency care nurse, Ms. Redwood has also woven her knowledge of all things medical into her story as neatly as a pin. Or syringe, so to speak. In fact, Proof hinges on medical fact and conditions to create not only a medical mystery, but a seeming perfect crime. Ms. Redwood has spun a tale of high intrigue and suspense, layering first one twist and then another.



God sends people into each of our lives for reasons we may not recognize at the time. Ms. Redwood has placed such characters in Lilly’s life, both long term acquaintances and passers-by, who speak the necessary word in season. Little by little, step by step, Lilly is transformed from her once self-destructive behavior. Just as we all are on our journey in life.


Ms. Redwood is a true story teller, pulling the reader in, feeding us bits and pieces to keep us reading through to the climactic ending. Proof is the first in the Bloodline Trilogy, and leaves me eager to read the sister books, Poison and Peril.









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