Lawrence Gold is a 23 year veteran of internal medicine and nephrology at U.C. Berkeley. These days, he writes books based on all he saw in those 23 years. The below interview introduces our readers to the author and his latest work, The Sixth Sense.
What genre do your books fall into?
Directly or indirectly, my novels involve medical themes. That includes thrillers, adventures, and murder mysteries. My novel, For the Love of God deals with the evils of faith healing by religious extremists and cults.
What other author or books would you compare yourself/your books to?
My agent says Robin Cook, only better. I don’t like to compare myself to anyone, as each quality medical novelist brings their own unique qualities to their work.
Tell us about your most recent work: title and one-paragraph summary
My latest Novel is The Sixth Sense about a physician who awakens from a near-fatal case of encephalitis with a new appreciation for life and an unusual talent; his sense of smell has increased a thousandfold. This ability affects his personal and professional life in both positive and negative ways. The novel is entertaining, informative, and often quite moving.
Describe your protagonist. Who will play him/her in the movies?
Dr. Arnie Roth is a family practitioner fully committed to his family and his practice. He’s a big generous man with a self-effacing sense of humor. Perhaps Liam Neeson for the role.
What inspired this book?
I’ve always been fascinated by smell, our most primitive sense. Physicians have just begun to understand the physiology of smell and how it influences our lives. We know even less about pheromones, the chemical substances distinct from smell that can affect human behavior.
Are you working on anything now? What is the working title and one-paragraph plot summary?
I’m about halfway through with my novel with the working title of Never Too Late. Isabel Kramer is a sixty-year-old psychiatrist who teaches at UC Berkeley. Always interested in running, she decides to train competitively for the marathon and despite her age and innumerable obstacles becomes a worldclass runner. How far can she take it?
What else would you like readers to know?
There’s enough genuine drama in medicine to make for compelling fiction. It works best when the author knows medicine and can present it with (I hate the pretentious word, but it’s most descriptive) verisimilitude. I want the reader to feel as if he/she is really at the bedside or in the ICU.
Please provide your website, blog, or other contact information you’d like readers to have.
My Facebook page has a red rectangle that links to my novels and reviews. It also contains a promotional slide show.