Debra Blaine is a physician turned author. After thirty-plus years of practicing medicine, she decided that healing the spirit was more important than healing the body. But how does one do that in our fractured society, where it is hard to encourage people to open their minds to other points of view? She hopes that if she can get her re
Debra Blaine is a physician turned author. After thirty-plus years of practicing medicine, she decided that healing the spirit was more important than healing the body. But how does one do that in our fractured society, where it is hard to encourage people to open their minds to other points of view? She hopes that if she can get her readers emotionally involved in her characters, she may make more of a lasting impression. And perhaps some will think about critical issues from the safety of entertainment, by simply hearing a story they might resonate with.
Dr. Blaine was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, NY. She always had a passion for the humanities, and received her BA in the Plan II Honors Humanities Program at the University of Texas at Austin before attending Temple University for graduate studies in Comparative Religion. She ultimately changed paths, and matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine to earn her MD in 1987. She returned to New York for post-graduate training and practiced Family and Urgent Care medicine on Long Island and Queens for over thirty years.
She published her first novel in 2019 when she became frustrated and disillusioned with the changing focus of the medical profession, which now closely follows a business model seeking to optimize profit even at the expense of sacrificing health. Her first book, CODE BLUE: The Other End of the Stethoscope, is a medical thriller that, in fictional form, graphically exposes the effects of corporate greed on the American healthcare system.
As our culture in America has become increasingly polarized and extremism now passes for the norm, Blaine was inspired to write her second thriller, Undue Influences. It postulates intentional, chemical brainwashing of the American population by the two political parties, and one man’s struggle to resist and enlighten others.
Her newest release is a dystopian fiction, and follows naturally from the events of its prequel. Beyond the Pillars of Salt is a representation of what our world might look like by the 2030’s if we do not wake up and make fundamental changes. Not just to how we behave, but ultimately, to who we are. The warning in this novel is that if we do not learn to become better, more decent human beings, we will engineer our own extinction.
She intends the series to continue and is drafting her fourth book.
Blaine became a professional coach through FIA Coaching in order to help people shed their paradigms of what they think they “ought” to be and reach for what will bring them fulfillment. She is certified to train other coaches through this same organization.
In keeping with her new mission to present TRUTH IN FICTION, the Very Indie Press was established so that Blaine can edit, print, and distribute her books herself, cutting through the red tape of publishers who can take months to years. She uses top editors and cover designers and accepts nothing less than the highest quality. Beyond the Pillars of Salt is her first novel released through this venue, and having had the experience of publishing a book from soup to nuts, including formatting and platforming, she now adds to her services the ability to coach writers at every stage.
Dr. Blaine loves animals, nature, and being outdoors. She has a grown son who is also a physician, and she lives with her two rescue cats in Suffolk County, Long Island.