Johnathan Isom is a successful anesthesiologist who practices in Memphis, Tennessee and is the recently published author of AMBITION! Be Careful What You Ask For. Johnathan says, " I am inspired by variety and challenge but I am driven by the pursuit of excellence." In that vain, Johnathan says that the same force that drove him to medicine drove him to write his first novel. The challenge to engage in writing something that he would enjoy was the motivation. As an avid reader his choice of reading materials includes spiritually-based or philosophical books, books on leadership, self-improvement, biographies and books geared towards the economy. He explains, "I've noticed that many of the plots in currently written contemporary fiction read like soap operas. The focus is often on deceitful people - somebody's friend or girlfriend leads them astray. And that's okay but I don't find that particularly entertaining and it is not something I want to read about." So the doctor being the man he is chose not to complain or critique others, but rather he sat down and wrote a book he'd read.
In pursuit of excellence Johnathan tackled the writing of this novel as he researched and sought out information and professionals in the field to get a better sense of what was required in such an endeavor. Armed with insight and a sense of what it would take for him to accomplish the goal of writing a book, Johnathan began an outline and established a schedule. He enrolled in several writing courses and read books, which gave him greater understanding of plot, character, story development and other aspects of writing a novel.
"Originally I didn't have any aspirations of being a writer but I had a story to tell. However from that one story comes many. I do see myself as a storyteller within this particular genre because I have stories to tell and I have put a story into writing to be shared with others. I only hope that my readers will enjoy the book as much as I enjoy the challenge of the process and if so the future holds great possibilities."
Although the doctor is definitive in acknowledging that he
views himself as a storyteller rather than a writer, it is clear that we will
hear more from this new novelist who comments that his favorite character in
AMBITION! Be Careful What You Ask For, Private Investigator Mickey Stone,
just might be his alter ego. Stay tuned.
Be Careful What You Ask For
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Pub. Date: March 2005
Publisher: M2N Publishing
AMBITION!, Be Careful What You Ask for is an absorbing novel that takes the reader on a suspenseful journey of intrigue and drama which transcends the business district of Memphis, the fascination of Amsterdam and the mystery of New Orleans' French Quarter. You enter the worlds of Melanie Walker, a young investment banker and Dr. Stenson Hawk whose quest is to find his missing sister Gina. After Melanie's firm is selected to take a privately held National Healthcare company public, she accepts the invitation of Francoise Baptiste, a CFO in the world of high finance to play in a highly dangerous scheme. But the aura of revenge taints the deal. Melanie and Stenson discover their affection for each other as their worlds collide sending them on a relentlessly terrifying chase, as they find themselves unexpectedly partnered with private investigator Mickey Stone, who reminds everyone to be careful what you ask for.
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