Introducing Dr. Kate Downey, the protagonist in Misfire by Tammy Euliano #author #mystery #medicalthriller #fiction #Physician #educator #amreading

I always enjoy meeting a star character from an interesting novel, don’t you? Today we have with us Dr. Kate Downey from the medical thriller Misfire. Let’s find out about the author Tammy Euliano’s background and then we’ll get to know Dr. Downey. Ready?

Tammy Euliano’s writing is inspired by her day job as a physician, researcher and educator at University of Florida. She’s received numerous teaching awards, ~100,000 views of her YouTube teaching videos, and was featured in a calendar of women inventors (available wherever you buy your out-of-date planners). Her short fiction has been recognized by Glimmer Train, Bards & Sages, Flame Tree Press, and others. Her debut medical thriller, Fatal Intent, was published by Oceanview in 2021. Kathy Reichs of Bones fame called it, “Medical suspense as sharp as it gets.” The sequel, Misfire, comes out in January 2023. Michael Connelly, best-selling author of the Bosch series, called it “a first rate medical thriller.”

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Betty: So, Dr. Downey, how would you describe your parents?

Kate: My parents were the best, loving and encouraging and demanding of the very best from my brother, Dave, and me. They adored each other, which was cute, except when they kissed in front of us. Dad was an engineer but a farmer wanna-be. We weren’t so sure when he moved us out to the farm, but it was fun growing up there. Mom could do anything from crafts to treating skinned knees to cooking, and was always there for us…until she wasn’t. I was a teenager when they died. They left on vacation, which they did often, and just never came home. I still miss them every day.

Betty: Who taught you to tie your shoes?

Kate: I don’t really remember, but I suppose it was both of them. The story they told was that I pretty much taught myself and refused help, which is kinda me in a nutshell.

Betty: Do you know how to swim? How did you learn, if so?

Kate: Absolutely I know how to swim. We had a lake on the property Dave and I would swim in, but even before that, when we lived in town, we’d swim at the community pool. I don’t remember learning.

Betty: What do you think is your greatest failure? Why?

Kate: Wow. You get right to the heart of the matter, don’t you? My biggest failure was my inability to keep it together when my husband, Greg, was wounded in the Middle East. My failure to pay attention to my body cost our unborn daughter’s life. If I’d been more careful, looked for the warning signs of preterm labor, maybe they could have bought her a few more weeks. Instead, I eventually lost them both.

Betty: What is the most wonderful thing that has happened to you?

Kate: Currently, the most wonderful thing is having my great-Aunt Irm as my roommate. She’s the kindest, most competent and insightful person I know. No stranger to life-stressors herself, she came down when Greg was injured and just never left. She takes care of me and keeps me sane and helps me navigate the world in ways I didn’t know I needed. Oh, and she makes me laugh and gives the greatest hugs imaginable. Who could need any more than that?

Betty: If you could change the past, what would you change?

Kate: Of course I would change Greg and Emily’s deaths, and those of Christian’s wife and young daughter. It’s such an interesting question, though. I’ve finally come to enjoy my life again and choosing to change anything would eliminate what I have now. It’s good we don’t actually have to make that decision.

Betty: What’s your greatest fear? Who else knows about it?

Kate: My greatest fear is losing everything again. If it hadn’t been for Aunt Irm, I wouldn’t have survived these last two years. If I were to lose her…it has made me slow to get close to people. I’ve had trouble with the whole, “better to have loved and lost” thing, but I’m trying. With Aunt Irm’s help and Christian’s patience, I’m trying.

Betty: What’s your favorite game to play?

Kate: Flag football, definitely, but ultimate frisbee comes a close second. For indoor games, Aunt Irm and I love Rummikub and Bananagrams, though I swear she cheats with her German words I can’t prove she’s making up since she claims they’re all “regional.”

Betty: Do you have a favorite sibling? Who?

Kate: Well that’s easy, my brother, Dave. He’s my only sibling. An Air Force pilot, I couldn’t be prouder of him.

Betty: If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

Kate: Probably the mountains. I love to hike in nature. Unfortunately, though, I hate the cold, so mountains in summer and Florida in winter?

Betty: How do you like to relax?

Kate: What is this word relax? Just kidding. Reading with Aunt Irm, walking my dog, Shadow, that’s about it. I don’t like watching TV and I fall asleep when I read silently to myself for longer than about a page.

Betty: What genre of books do you most enjoy reading?

Kate: Mysteries! Aunt Irm and I love trying to puzzle them out ahead of the protagonist. She has her German krimis, but I’m apparently incapable of learning a foreign language and her attempts to translate on the fly are just hilarious.

Betty: How do you like to start your day?

Kate: Exercise! I get up early and go to the gym or take a run with Shadow most mornings. I just feel out of sorts if I don’t get that exercise in and I’m not good about doing it later in the day.

Betty: What kinds of friends do you have?

Kate: Well that’s a sore point. I’m apparently not good at reading people and therefore not great at picking friends. My best friend, Randi Sinclair, has been a friend since before I married Greg. She’s a middle-school math teacher and just an incredible human being. Christian is a friend, maybe more, but I won’t get into that now, and I’ve adopted some of his family as friends, so that’s good, and far more reliable than trusting my own instincts apparently.

Betty: Who would you like to meet? Why?

Kate: I’d love to meet the author of my books – just kidding. Hmmm, I’d love to meet CS Lewis. I’ve had such an on-again/off-again relationship with God, his books are helpful and I can only imagine that a conversation would help clarify things for me.

Kadence, a new type of implanted defibrillator, misfires in a patient after a routine medical procedure—causing the heart rhythm problem it’s meant to correct. Dr. Kate Downey, an experienced anesthesiologist, resuscitates the patient, but she grows concerned for a loved one who recently received the same device—her beloved Great-Aunt Irm.

When a second device misfires, Kate turns to Nikki Yarborough, her friend and Aunt Irm’s cardiologist. Though Nikki helps protect Kate’s aunt, she is prevented from alerting other patients by the corporate greed of her chairman. As the inventor of the device and part owner of MDI, the company he formed to commercialize it, he claims the misfires are due to a soon-to-be-corrected software bug. Kate learns his claim is false.

The misfires continue as Christian O’Donnell, a friend and lawyer, comes to town to facilitate the sale of MDI. Kate and Nikki are drawn into a race to find the source of the malfunctions, but threats to Nikki and a mysterious murder complicate their progress. Are the seemingly random shocks misfires, or are they attacks?

A jaw-dropping twist causes her to rethink everything she once thought she knew, but Kate will stop at nothing to protect her aunt and the other patients whose life-saving devices could turn on them at any moment.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and letting us spend some time with you, Dr. Downey. Please send my regards along to Tammy when you return to work as I’m sure you have patients who need you.

Happy reading!


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