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Beyond The Page: Medical romance chat with Wendy S. Marcus

Feb 11
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Wendy S Marcus picEveryone, today I am a very special guest on CABR – medical romance author, Wendy S. Marcus 😀

She agreed to stop by to enlighten those of us who don’t normally read this particular genre about what makes it so appealing to so many.

WSM: Hi Sasha!

Thank you so much for having me here on your fabulous blog! The name always amuses me because on social networking everyone sounds the same in my head!

CABR: LOL. So true eh 🙂

What do you enjoy the most about writing medical romances?

WSM: I enjoy the wide range of stories we’re encouraged to tell in our own unique voices with a wide range of heat levels. (I write on the hotter end of the line.) There is really something for everyone in the Harlequin/Mills & Boon medical romance line.


CABR: What are the top three misconceptions about this genre?

WSM: Wow! Tough question. In my opinion, the top three misconceptions are:

 1) You have to be a nurse, doctor, or work in the medical profession to write for the medical romance line. Even though I’m a nurse, this is false. My editor says, “Anyone who is good at research can write medical romance.”

2) That medical romance books are heavy on the medical with gory scenes, sad topics, and terminology people without medical degrees won’t understand. Also false.

3) All medical romance stories take place in hospitals and the hero and heroine must be doctor and nurse. This is also false. The only requirement is that either hero or heroine is a medical professional and that they interact together in a few medical scenes. Medical professional can include emergency medical technician, veterinarian, and a whole bunch of others. If you aren’t sure if your story qualifies, contact a Mills and Boon editor and ask!


Secrets of a Shy Socialite US coverCABR: Personally, I remember every medical romance book I picked up, even as recently as last year, had a male as the doctor and a woman as the nurse.

I got ‘fed up’, as we say in Trinidad, of this stereotype and stopped reading them. Would you say this has changed? If so, how extensive has been the change?


WSM: I don’t know if I’m the best one to comment on this question because as I think of my six books, each heroine is a nurse and three of my heroes were doctors.

But that’s just how it’s worked out in my stories. My suggestion would be to read the book blurbs to find the stories/characters that most appeal to you.


CABR: How much hands-on research do you do for each book?

WSM: I wouldn’t necessarily say I do ‘hands-on’ research, but the amount of online research I do depends on the book I’m writing and my knowledge of the topic. But even if I’m familiar with a medical condition and its treatment, I still do research to make sure I have my facts correct. Even though medical romance books are works of fiction we do strive to make the medical scenes realistic and accurate.

For my fourth and fifth books, “Craving Her Soldier’s Touch” and “Secrets of a Shy Socialite“, out now, I felt I needed more than simple online research. So I arranged  interviews with a soldier who served in Iraq and two women affected by cancer/a positive breast cancer gene, which made each book feel that much more real.

CABR: I always appreciate when an author goes out of their way to do that sort of research, so hats off to you Wendy. 🙂


Who are your favourite authors in the genre?

WSM: This is a toughie, because I must admit, I have not read books by every author in the line and can only comment on the authors I have read.

Of those, I’d say some of my favorites are Scarlet Wilson, Tina Beckett, Amy Andrews, Lynn Marshall, Alison Roberts, Annie Claydon, and Janice Lynn. (I’m sure I’ve forgotten some so please forgive me.)


CABR: Which of your books do you hold close to your heart? 🙂

Craving Her Soldier's Touch US coverWSM: Each of my books is special to me for different reasons. But I am most proud of the two I have out now, Craving Her Soldier’s Touch and Secrets of a Shy Socialite.

Maybe it’s the subject matter or the fact I interviewed real people who helped me formulate the storylines, making them so much more personal.

But I truly love both of these books. (Of note, while the stories are connected, each is written to stand alone.)

I love reading stories with injured war heroes and, with “Craving Her Soldier’s Touch“, I’m thrilled to have finally had the chance to write one.

Check out an excerpt HERE.

In “Secrets of a Shy Socialite” I deal with genetic testing for breast cancer. But this story is about so much more than breast cancer. It’s about taking control of your life. It’s about survival.

Check out and excerpt HERE.


CABR: What’s ahead for you in 2013 Wendy?

WSM: I am very excited to be a part of an upcoming eight book Harlequin Mills and Boon medical romance continuity set in New York City at the fictional Angel Mendez Children’s Hospital aka Angels.

The series starts in March 2013 with two books released every month for four months. My contribution is book #6, “Tempting Nurse Scarlet”, and will be released in May. Check out the AMAZING cover template for this series HERE.


Thanks for this great interview, Sasha!

If anyone is interested in learning more about me or my books, please visit my website

So do you all have any questions for me that Sasha didn’t ask? I’m happy to answer.  Or how about I ask a question…

Do you all read medical romance? Is your experience with the line recent or in the past? We have some great authors. I hope you’ll check us out!!

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  • Sara HJ says:

    Sasha I am avid reader of the medical genre and saying that it is limited to male doctors and female nurses is really doing it injustice. The best way to get a feel for the medical romance genre is by reading a connected series – Sydney Harbor series has it all I would highly recommend it.
    Wendy I have enjoyed all your books and look forward the NYC Angels series 🙂

  • Hi, Wendy!

    I don’t specifically seek medical romances, but I do enjoy them when they find their way to my TBR pile. Do you think the inherent vulnerability of people a medical situation is part of what makes them so appealing?

  • Tina Vaughn says:

    Hello, Wendy and Sasha! 🙂
    What a wonderful interview.

    I’m a new reader to the medical romance genre. I “discovered” medical romances via Wendy. The emotional writing, realistic characterization and heat level of her novels is a combination I can’t resist.

  • Hi Sara!
    Thank you for being such a champion for the medical romance genre! Another great connected series I highly recommend for readers is the new NYC Angels eight book series. It starts in March. I wrote book #6, Tempting Nurse Scarlet, which comes out in May.

    Thank you for reading my books! I’m so happy you enjoyed them. And thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Sara!

    Sorry I’m late to the party. *skids into reply box* I’ve been battling some flu type illness and it seems it has the upper hand at the moment!

    Thank you for being such a champion of the medical romance genre Sara! And thank you for reading my books. I’m so happy you enjoyed them. And thank you for stopping by!

    Wow! That’s a lot of thank yous!

  • Okaaaaay. Don’t know why I’m having trouble commenting… I’m sure it’s me. Thank you so much for having me to your blog today Sasha! And I’m thrilled you enjoy my books!

  • Hi Natalie!

    I do! And I think people find medical personell intriguing. (Like I find Navy Seals and the like intriguing.) People who save lives and help others are appealing, at least in my opinion.

    I hope some of my books make it to your TBR pile!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Tina!

    Welcome to medical romance! Thank you for your kind words…and for reading my books and for stopping by! I look forward to chatting on Twitter!

  • Cathy V says:

    I’ve never read a medical romance. I haven’t heard of it so this is an introduction. This story seems to have hope which I think we all need to have whether we have ever personally faced heath issues or watched those we care about cope with them. I look forward to exploring this genre 🙂

  • Hi Cathy!

    Medical romance is one of Harlequin’s smaller lines in the U.S. And since they’re not sold in stores in the U.S. they are typically recommended by word of mouth – or blog as the case may be! But they are wildly popular in the UK and Australia and France. I hope you’ll give one of my books a try. I’d love to know what you think.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi Cathy!

    I replied to you earlier but have no idea where my reply went. Sorry about that. Harlequin Medical Romances are not sold in stores in the U.S. so people basically find out about them by word of mouth – or blog as the case may be! But they are hugely popular in the UK, Aus/NZ and France, among other countries. I hope you’ll give my books a try. I’m told they’re pretty good!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Can’t wait for the next book! They are great, once I start one I can’t seem to put it down!

  • Veronica says:

    I’m studying health so I just feel like I can connect to the characters better. I understand their lives and the terms they use and everything. That is why I enjoy medical romances 🙂

  • Hey Teresa!

    Thank you! You’re so sweet! Now go do your homework! XO

  • Hi Cathy!
    While they aren’t sold in stores, Harlequin medical romances are sold online at Harlequin.com and in e-book for Nook, Sony, Kobo, and Kindle. So no need to travel abroad (unless you want to!)

  • Hi Veronica!
    I’m so glad you enjoy medical romances. Studying health, I’m sure you have a good insight into what our patients and staff are feeling as you read their stories.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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