Meet a brilliant doctor in
With Every Breath
In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.
Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.
As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.
Brief physical description
Dr. Trevor McDonough is the annoying, irritating boy you knew in grade school who tormented you and made your life miserable. Back then he was gangly, sickly, and annoying, but he grew up to be the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome doctor who makes your heart kick up a notch. Oh, and he is a little bit mysterious, too. He keeps his turbulent emotions locked down behind a stony façade, but every now and then a hint of the deep swath of pain cracks through.
Here are two pictures of how I picture Trevor. The guy on the left is actor Thomas Gibson, who looks exactly how I imagine Trevor, but the guy on the right is all decked out in the dress of a Victorian doctor. He is Tom Riley of the BBC production of London Hospital, a Victorian-era medical drama.
Strengths and weaknesses
Trevor is brilliant. He is committed and passionate about curing people, but he is also prickly, difficult, fastidious, and hard to work with. As the heroine gets to know him better, she learns that his tetchy demeanour is actually a cover for an intensely shy and introverted nature. As someone who has spent years working with terminal patients, Trevor is beginning to break down under the psychological strain. This is where Kate comes into play. He picked her to be his research assistant because he knows that her fierce, indefatigable, and sunny optimism is exactly what he needs to power through the difficult days ahead.
Quirk (if any)
Trevor is a hot doctor, and the nurses have noticed. Despite being off-the-charts brilliant, he is awkward and tongue tied around women. All women except Kate, that is. With Kate he immediately resorts to the acerbic wit of their childhood rivalry and enjoys every moment of it. He tolerates her gentle teasing about how to warm up and be nice to people, but its still a stretch for him.
Your inspiration for the character
I was inspired to write this story after reading an amazing memoir by Dr. Edward Trudeau (1848-1915), a physician who eventually contracted tuberculosis during the course of his work. It made me realize the heroism of doctors and nurses who risk their lives to treat people with lethally contagious diseases, and I knew it would be the basis for a terrific romance novel. Near the end of his life Dr. Trudeau wrote that “spiritual courage is of a higher type than physical courage; and that it takes a higher type of courage to fight a losing rather than a winning fight.” This is the theme that drives With Every Breath.
I load both Trevor and Kate down with more than their share of heartrending burdens, but I didn’t want to write a depressing book. I wanted this to be a book about how two people can find inspiration, strength, and joy in another person.
Background to the story
I wanted to write a romance about former childhood rivals who join forces in the same heroic campaign. In this case, it is the dangerous quest to find a cure for tuberculosis in the early 1890’s, when tuberculosis was one of the leading causes of death in America. Trevor and Kate have a long history, and sparks immediately fly as their drastically different personalities bump against each other. Their saving grace is that they both have a sense of humour, so although their romance plays out against a deeply emotional backdrop, they each come to depend on the sparkling chemistry that flares to life when the other person walks into the room.
This is probably the most passionate, deeply moving romance novel I have written so far, but despite the heavy subject, I always try to insert glimpses of wit and the sheer joy of being alive in each chapter.
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