With the close of 2013 coming, I find myself sitting here at the station reflecting on what the year brought to me. I was able to be in a TV commercial for a local hospital as a Paramedic, I wrote two books, was signed to Master Koda Publishing House, and Zoey blessed my wife and I with her arrival on October 13th. All in all, it has been a great year and I’m very excited to see what 2014 has in store for me.
I am presently working on book three for my Racing the Reaper trilogy. I don’t have a name for it, as of yet, but once I do, I will let you all know. My publisher has book two, Resuscitation, and we’ll be working on editing it in the coming months. The next book I will be writing is called The Battered Son. It will be a thriller/suspense about a man that was physically and mentally abused as a child. As an adult, he works for the State investigating child abuse cases.
I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year. Please, don’t drink and drive. No one wants to begin the new year without a family member or loved one.
Greetings everyone!! Today is a very special day. It’s the day I blessed the world with my arrival; it’s my birthday!!! Well, unfortunately I’m at work. Right now, I’m sitting at the station working on my third book and blogging in between running calls. It hasn’t been a horrible day yet, but that could change in my field at the blink of an eye.
I had the pleasure of doing a blog interview today with Fiona Mcvie. It was an honor to participate in the interview and she asked me some VERY good questions. I hope you all will enjoy the interview looking into the mysterious mind of a Paramedic.
Have a great day everyone and God Bless!!!
Based on Interview by Tena Carr:
For Jerrid Edgington, the decision to look at becoming an EMT and eventually Paramedic came about after a Spinal Cord Injury that left him temporarily paralyzed. It was at that time that he realized that he wanted to help others the way the paramedics had helped him. When asked why he decided to become a paramedic, Jerrid states that he didn’t choose the medical profession – It chose him. Having been on the other side of the stretcher, so to speak, has given him the ability to put himself in his patients place and to know what they might be feeling and what they might be going through. It is that ability to empathize and put himself in their place that allows him to help them not only physically, but mentally as well. The hardest part of being a paramedic is dealing with death and the most difficult types of calls are the ones involving children. ”Not only are they more stressful, but they also compensate until the finally just crash on you. It’s very nerve racking.” There are many good aspects as well such as seeing the relief on people faces when they (the paramedics) walk in the door and knowing that he has the ability to help people in a time of need.
When it comes to his more recent endeavor, writing, Jerrid states that he has made several attempts in the past to write a book, but they just weren’t coming out right. In 2012 he started writing again and this time the words just flowed. He wrote “Racing the Reaper” not only to entertain, but to educate the public about the kinds of calls that ambulances are called on. Through his writing he has connected with and made friends across the world including places such as Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Germany – Something he states wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t decided to write a book. The hardest part of writing is worrying whether or not everyone will like his books. ”I know it isn’t possible to please everyone, but I try.”
When he wrote his first book, Racing the Reaper, he had decided that “self publishing” was the right route and did pretty well, selling over a thousand books on his own. It was after this that he decided to try to get “traditionally published”. The first attempt did not bring about a return, but then he came across a small publishing house called Master Koda Select Publishing and the re-editing of his first book “Racing The Reaper” (which is now available via Amazon) began. Re-edits of book two (Racing the Reaper: Resuscitation) are now underway and the writing of book three in the series as has begun. Updates will be available on his blog and on his website
He does have several more books planned, but being a paramedic is where he feels he belongs and where is heart is and, for now, he sees writing as something that he will continue on the side.
I wanted to give everyone a little update on my progress with my trilogy. Racing the Reaper-Resusctation is with my publisher and I’m hoping we can begin the edits/rewrites process by the first of the year. I’ve completed my first set of rewrites and I’m anxiously awaiting the first set to come back from the publisher. In the meantime, I’ve been working on the third book in the series. I’ve written 22,000 words thus far. It’s coming along nicely and I think you will all like it. I think it has the strongest start of the three books, in my opinion. I will keep you all up to date as things happen. I will continue working on the third book until I get edits back from my publisher. I hope everyone has happy and safe holidays. God Bless !!!!