The Point at Waterview – 2nd Floor
5:00 p.m. Monday October 22nd
Shayla Raquel is the featured speaker
101 Watermark Blvd.
South Side of Pearl Street
Near the Hilton Garden Inn
Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series “starring” Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth–and last– was printed in fall 2001.
After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.
Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.
In October 2005, Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.
Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.
Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!
From the July 2018 Bloc Buster Challenge writing contest.
The top three stories are listed below:
Dr. Barna Richards has treated gunshot victims, kids with a bean in their ear, heart patients and even performed his first C-section in the emergency room.
Richards recounts the touching moments, as well as the humorous ones, in his book “44 Years in the ER.”
In one chapter, the doctor recalls a young man who came into the ER with blood all over his shirt.
“I raked around on his chest and couldn’t find a wound anywhere,” he said.
A nurse came into the room and noticed a small wound just below the man’s hairline.
“We later found out that his wife came home and caught him with another woman. She put a .22-caliber pistol to his head,” Richards said.
“The bullet penetrated the skin, traveled around the bone and lodged at the base of his skull. It never pierced his skull.” Shaking his head, the doctor said, “This had to be one of the luckiest men in world!”
Richards, now retired and living in Granbury, joined other local authors for a book signing at the Writers Bloc seminar Saturday morning held at the Waterview clubhouse.
Richards began his medical career in the Metroplex in 1963, before emergency medicine was a specialty. As an intern at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Richards moonlighted in the ER for minimum wage.
“About a dollar an hour,” he recalled.
Even after he entered practice, he continued working in the ER field to make extra money.
“I could work the ER all I wanted in private hospitals because the more sane, private doctors wanted no part of the emergency room,” Richards grinned and said.
He remembers calling the obstetrician on call one night when a lady came to the ER needing a C-section.
“He didn’t want to come in, and said I could do it with help from the second year guy,” Richards said.
After the incision was made, Richards said he had never seen so much blood.
After suctioning the blood, Richards said everything become clear and the procedure was a success. “The mother and baby did fine,” he added.
During his career, Richards said some of the worst cases involved young people with trauma. “Teenagers sometimes do stupid things,” he said sadly.
He added that shaken babies were also hard to deal with.
“You see all kinds of things in the ER,” Richards said. “But, you know, the ER exists to save lives.”
He has no idea how many thousands of stitches he has given, and estimates he’s seen half a million patients. He’s delivered lots of babies, including one in an elevator.
While in practice, Richards saw about 50 patients every day. “I even worked Saturdays,” he said.
He is both pleased and amazed how new technology has changed the medical field.
“In the early days, everything was a clinical diagnosis,” the doctor said. Patients answered questions so the doctor could diagnose the problem.
“We had X-rays, but that was it,” he smiled and said.
“Now there’s ultrasound, CAT scans, MRIs, flexible endoscopy, and the list goes on,” he noted. “All wonderful advances.”
On a humorous note, Richards recalled a female patient who said she had a bug in her ear.
“Her husband claimed there was absolutely no way that she had a bug in her ear,” Richards said.
When examining her ear, a moth flew out.
“Her skeptical husband exclaimed, ‘Well, I’ll be damned!” Richards said with a chuckle.
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