Interview with thriller author Carrie Rubin

I’m interviewing Carrie Rubin today about her newest novel, a psychological medical thriller titled Eating Bull.

Bio:
Carrie Rubin is a
physician with a master’s degree in public health. She is a member of the
International Thriller Writers association. Her novels include Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. She lives in
Ohio with her husband and two sons.
Welcome, Carrie. Please tell us about your current
release.
In Eating Bull, Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the
limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food
industry. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the
attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon the boy, the
nurse, and their loved ones take center stage in a delusional man’s drama. 

Through fiction, Eating Bull explores the real-life issues of bullying, fat-shaming,
food addiction, and the food industry’s role in obesity. 

What inspired you to write this book?
Three things really:
·     
The challenges
people face to lose weight—so many obstacles block their success, the food
industry among them.
·     
Reading
investigative reporter Michael Moss’s book Salt Sugar
Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
. It’s an eye-opening exposé on the role
of the food industry in our country’s weight problem.
·     
A tearful,
severely overweight teenage patient who said to me, “Not a day goes by I don’t
know I’m fat, because no one will let me forget it.”
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m working on another
medical thriller. No social theme this time around, but it does have a hint of
the supernatural. There are a lot of medical thrillers out there, so I try to
add a twist or a different element to change things up.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Great question, and one
all writers struggle with. I started my first book in 2001, and I didn’t call
myself a writer even after it was published in 2012. In fact, it’s only been in
the last year with the release of my second novel that I’ve allowed the word to
slip off my tongue when people ask. In my own mind I’ve fully accepted the
moniker, but it’s still difficult to call myself that around others. It sounds
pretentious somehow. But I’m trying to embrace it!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
write?
During a transition from
clinical to non-clinical medicine a couple years ago, I detoured into writing
full-time, at least for now. I would like to say the entire day is devoted to
working on my novels, but as any writer knows, much of our time is spent in
promotional and networking activities, including writing blog posts and
checking into social media. And of course there are family and home
responsibilities, as well as continuing medical and public health certification
requirements.
I don’t really have a set
schedule, but I do have a rule that if I haven’t accomplished much writing
during the day, I write in the evening instead. That way I’m sure to make daily
progress, even if it means a long workday.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hmm, I suppose that might
be writing on my treadmill. I don’t like sitting for long periods, so I have a
plastic shelf mounted on my treadmill. It’s designed to support a laptop. That
way I can write while I walk at a slow pace. I feel more creative (extra blood
flow to the brain maybe?), and I get a lot of steps in too!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The first thing I remember
wanting to be was a librarian. I then went through the usual childhood list:
teacher, lawyer, veterinarian, police officer, doctor. The last one stuck. Of
course, given my love of books and writing, the librarian aspiration wasn’t far
off. So I guess I came full circle.

Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?

I’ll share something I’ve
finally allowed myself to do: let go of books that don’t hold my interest. I
used to think I had to finish every book. But life is too short and our reading
lists too long to do that. So if a book isn’t your cup of tea, move on. There
will always be another one waiting.
Thank you so much for
having me on your blog today, Lisa! I enjoyed our exchange, and it was a
pleasure to be here.
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Thanks for being here today, Carrie!

One thought on “Interview with thriller author Carrie Rubin

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Thanks so much for having me on your site. These were fun questions to answer, and I appreciate the opportunity!

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