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  1. Hello again, Thought i'd drop you a line and let everone know what I'm up to. As I said in my op I was still a couple months from publishing my first novel. Well, it's been a couple months and I'm finally there. The paperback is on hold for another week while I wait for the proof to come in the snail mail, but the book is available in ebook format on amazons kindle at the following adress. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.html/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/187-5860527-3050514?a=B004Q3RJ0Q Download a sample and enjoy!
  2. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that have contacted me via email and offered to help. I appreciate the valuable time you've invested in answering my questions. I've amassed enough information now to lay down the foundation of what I hope will be an engaging and realistic chapter. I have a full schedule working my other job, putting the finishing touches on my first novel, and spending time with my wife and two kids, so it may be a week or two before I can really put the information you've given me to work. When I do I'm sure I'll have more questions, but now, thanks to some generous people, I'll know exactly who to ask. So thanks,
  3. I want to portray the character as a father first. Everything else, including his career, are just details to give him depth. The story is about a father, who's daughter contracts a very unpleasant disease, (a fictitious diease) and the lengths he will go to in order to give her a normal life. It's not about being a paramedic. That's just incidental. I could make up the details and fake it all. Most people wouldn't know the difference, but I would and you would. I just wanted to get the details right so that the one chapter that this guy is actually doing his job looks authentic to people in the know.
  4. Thank you, I suppose my feelings do bruise quite easily. I will try to remember that not everyone is a cynic. I have already received a couple of great offers from others, and I appreciate yours none the less.
  5. Honestly, I'm nearly speechless. The level of malice leveled at me for asking nothing more than an EMT's perspective is scary. That kind of behavior diminishes us all. I spoke from the heart with an honest request. I was respectful, yet treated unkind. Also, I did indeed provide a valid email, as herbie1 has already proven by contacting me through it.
  6. Hello, First let me say that I have the greatest respect for EMTs. You are the unsung heros in our lives, and you deserve better than the establishment provides for you. Now to business! I am an author of fictional suspense/thriller novels. To be entirely honest my first book, "The Switch and the Soul" is still a couple months from being published, but that hasn't stopped me from diving straight into the next. It's this next book that I need help with. My main character is a Paramedic or EMT. My limited understanding is that there really isn't any difference between the two(feel free to correct me). The fact that he is an EMT isn't paramount to the story(he's got bigger problems) but it is interesting and applicable. What I am looking for is an advisor to fill in some blanks and answer a few questions about what it's like to be an EMT. In particular, I have a chapter in mind that deals with the death of a child who was burned in her lungs and throat. Ill need to know what an EMT would do in that scenario(in great detail). The people on this forum are the experts. I've come to you so that my work can be truthful and honest. If you would like to help me directly, then please drop me an email so that we can get started. If the community as a whole would like to help then we can get started on this very thread. I pose the first question: Under what plausible circumstance might a child be burned in the lungs and throat? Have any of you had an experience like that?
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