Order of Fear
by Lisa Caviness
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Marissa Nash, part-time ballet dancer and accountant by day, plans to call off her wedding to her philandering fiancé, instead she finds him dead. Dr. Justin Tanner is the best man who harbors buried feelings for Marissa. As they uncover past secrets, throwing them into a deadly battle with an evil organization, they must also come to grips with their growing feelings threatening to leave them both shattered. Order of Fear is a romantic suspense novel.
What has your experience as a woman in a STEM field been like? In what ways has it impacted your writing? What is your opinion of the scientific vs. creative thinking dichotomy?
As a whole my experience as woman in a STEM field has been positive. I’ve managed important clinical trials involving the first human dose of experimental drugs, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, growth hormone deficiencies, cancer, and vision correction surgery. Despite the general lack of women in STEM fields, my experience hasn’t mirrored that trend. I’ve worked with many women at my level and higher. I’ve been lucky to have worked with intelligent and passionate men and women working toward the goal of advancing medicine.
My career experience has impacted my writing in various aspects. I’m accustomed to managing a project according to time lines and targets, so I’ve patterned my writing tasks as projects with specific target dates, goals, and objectives. Part of my responsibilities as a clinical trial manager included writing clinical protocols, progress reports, and other formal reports, many of which were submitted to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and various countries involved in the research. The goals of those technical documents vary greatly from the goals of fictional writing. Scientific writing is used to inform while fictional writing seeks to entertain and evoke emotion. While there are different rules governing scientific and fictional writing, both require attention to detail and have the ability to impact the reader. Research has been important in my fictional writing pursuits. I’ve learned techniques, which have benefited in the research I do for my books and characters.
As I mentioned, a huge difference exists between scientific and fictional writing. There is a diverse dichotomy between right brain pursuits involving imagination, artistry, emotion and creativity and left brain interests including logic, analytical thinking, and careful planning. I’ve learned to use that dichotomy and my career experience to maximize my writing and my writing processes as a romantic suspense author. I love novel writing and find it to be the best of both worlds!
About the Author:
As a lifelong reader of an eclectic pool of books from mystery/thrillers, science fiction, contemporary romance, and the classics, Lisa Caviness has never been without a book on the nightstand and a long to be read list. Like many writers, she started crafting stories as a child. However as an adult, creativity took a back seat to her career in pharmaceutical and medical device research. In 2013, Lisa decided to get serious about writing and joined Romance Writers of America (Crossroads Romance Writers, Indiana RWA, and Kiss of Death Chapters) and later Sisters in Crime (Speed City Chapter). The education she has received, proved invaluable but more importantly the support from fellow writers has enriched her in thrilling and unexpected ways. Lisa writes romantic suspense.
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