Why Does a Physician write romance?
Because the first naked man I saw in my life... was a cadaver
The first naked man I saw in my life was a cadaver – I was a 16-year-old precocious college student trying to decide if she had the stomach to go through medical school. A few years later, the first living naked man I ever saw was an elderly man who seemed very happy to have a pretty girl's finger in his rectum – as I was learning to give prostate exams in my first clinical rotation.
Do I have your attention now?
Hello. I'm Dr. Diely Pichardo-Johansson, Board certified hematologist-oncologist and writer. If you thought that those first two stories, both true, are anticlimactic, they're nothing compared to the mental chastity-belt of growing up in a strictly conservative, third-world-country, catholic family – My grandmother Casilda was known to have used her seamstress scissors to emasculate the first and only anatomically correct baby boy doll my cousin Medry had – it bothered her to see “that.”
Why would a woman with such a grim introduction to sexuality likes to write mostly romance? Well, the answer is: because if I was able to heal all that, see it with humor, and now enjoy a wonderful spiritual and physical connection with my soulmate-husband, that must mean I have something positive to share.
Because average romance was not stimulating enough for my brain, and I had to make my own.
I write for intelligent people—more specifically, intelligent women.
My stories are are soaked in wisdom and sprinkled in humor. It doesn't hurt that I happen to be a physician and bring my medical knowledge in different subtle ways into my plots, making them unique.
My characters are above average individuals, but still realistic adults with imperfections and virtues, trying to figure out this big puzzle of life. They're people who carry scars and baggage, yet have learned from their mistakes and can enlighten the reader with their experience.
My stories are about deep connection and durable love, rather than about infatuation. They're about love that has overcome codependency and power struggles and it's about being each other's best fan and championing each other to become the best version of ourselves —that is the love I've been blessed with in my life.
Because my patients have taught me that life is too short to live it half-heartedly.
I'm a physician who specializes in cancer (I know. Yikes!). That is not what I write about, but it's what inspired me to write.
By nature I am an overly cheerful, upbeat woman with a taste for silly comedy and easy laughter. Practicing oncology has balanced that by giving me a deeper insight in life, its brevity and its fragility. Those opposite facets come across in my writings.
If there's one thing I've learned from my beloved patients is that nobody ever regretted the risk they took, but the risk they didn't take. Life is too short to postpone dreams. And, definitely, life is too short to take yourself too seriously.
That's why I write.
And the other thing my patients taught me is that, at the end, the only thing we take with us is the love we've shared.
That's why I write about Love.
About Dr Pichardo-johansson
Dr. Pichardo-Johansson is a Board Certified Hematologist-Oncologist practicing in Florida. Writing romantic comedy and medical mystery started as her outlet to avoid the burnout from oncology and eventually became her obsession.
She is a mother of four children, including a child with special needs. She lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida with them and her soulmate-husband, a reformed eternal bachelor turned into happy stepfather.
Dr. Pichardo-Johansson is a firm believer in the body-mind-spirit connection and the healing power of laughter. Her motto is that The Best Health Booster Is Wanting to be Alive. For that reason, she focuses on writing uplifting stories which are both entertaining and enriching for the mind and spirit.
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