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The Heart of Doctor Steele by Colette Dixon - Book Blitz

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The Heart Of Doctor Steele

Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out. 

The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.

John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.

But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.

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Author Q&A
Q: What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
A: Noise! I need absolute dead silence to write and concentrate. I can’t even listen to music. I do have some ADHD, so once I get into the story I can hyper focus and write for hours and hours.

 Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A: I wish there was an easier way to develop a callus for critiques. I was very sensitive to this at first, but now it doesn’t bother me much at all and I can sort out what I feel is helpful and important feedback and let go what I don’t agree with. Perhaps I would then say: it gets easier to take criticism the more you write.

 Q: Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
A: I did. I wrote little stories and poems as a girl. Then in college I started out majoring in English and took creative writing classes, but I changed my major to anthropology then environmental science (did I mention ADHD?). I do believe there are many non-linear paths to become a writer, and learning and experiencing a variety of things stokes creativity.

 Q: If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
A: I recently rescued a pit bull and fell in love, so I think I’d have to say I want another one! They are such smart, loyal, funny, and loving dogs and are the most euthanized breed so they really need rescuing.

 Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?
A: Yes. In my practice I’ve treated an American heiress and a famous female singer, but privacy laws prohibit me from saying who!

 Q: What is the first book that made you cry?
A: I can’t remember! Atonement really choked me up. I also recently just started reading Where the Red Fern Grows to my daughter and was crying by page 12.

 Q: How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
A: My contemporary books I wrote in a few months, but my historicals take more like 6 months. Then maybe 1-2 months added to that for developmental and copy editing.

 Q: How do you select the names of your characters?
A: This can be SO hard! Sometimes a great name just pops into my head, sometimes I agonize and search the top baby names around the years the character would have been born or search popular names of their ethnicity for inspiration.

 Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A: A good critique partner is worth their weight in gold. Don’t be afraid to share and revise your work but don’t just change everything blindly based on another’s feedback. Develop a sense of what feels right to you too. Developing this sense takes time just like becoming a better writer, so hang in there and try to enjoy the process.

 Q: What is your favorite genre to read?
A: Historical romance. I love to imagine how other people lived and escape into another time.

Author Bio – Colette Dixon writes steamy stories with heart and humor about slightly tortured people who learn how love can heal. For more years than she cares to admit, she worked in a hospital while dreaming up love story plots. A farm girl who landed in Chicago, she loves to eat (food made by others), drink tea, and sun herself at every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.

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