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24 hour deal: FREE Kobo copy of medical mystery, TERMINALLY ILL, for choosecornwall.ca readers

Dr. Melissa Yi spoke with choosecornwall.ca about her latest medical mystery, TERMINALLY ILL, soaring to the Kobo Top 50 list.

In celebration, Olo Books, Windtree Press, and Kobo are partnering to offer all choosecornwall.ca readers a free Kobo copy of TERMINALLY ILL today.

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A doctor, an author, and an Elvis fan? Melissa Yi tells all on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning



Vintage Radio 2

Wei Chen interviewed Dr. Melissa Yi on Ontario Morning.

Melissa talks about how she balances her busy life as an emergency doctor, a mother of two young children, and the author Terminally Ill, her latest Hope Sze medical mystery.

Wei Chen asked some interesting questions like if Melissa planned to quit medicine. She also alluded to the Elvis Presley connection to Tweed, Ontario.

You can download Melissa’s March 25th podcast here (the one labeled “Single mom student entrepreneur”).


Available now in all e-formats and in trade paperback.

Publishers Weekly Calls Terminally Ill “Entertaining and Insightful”

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Montreal physician Hope Sze is looking for simple entertainment when she attends escape artist Elvis Serratore’s show, but when Elvis nearly dies in mid-act, Hope’s medical skills are available to save his life. She is less enthusiastic about his plea for her to use her detective skills to find out who tried to kill him by sabotaging his equipment. The subject of unwanted fame as a sleuth, Hope struggles with a too-complex love life, is faced with an ominous death at the hospital at which she works and becomes concerned about a young patient whose requests have deeply disturbing implications. She soon learns that if she does not seek out mysteries, the mysteries will seek her. The most recent installment in a series comprised thus far of three novels and a radio play, this novel demonstrates familiarity with the conventions of mysteries without being constrained by them and with the realities of Canada’s medical world. Although the tone is light, the author is not afraid to introduce darker themes. The three intertwining mysteries and Hope herself provide a narrative by turns entertaining and insightful. (Feb.)        

Full review at Publishers Weekly. Buy Terminally Ill as an e-book or paper book here.

Join Melissa Yi, also known as Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes, for her book launch party on March 22nd, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexandria Public Library and at 2 p.m. at the Cornwall Public Library.

You’ll also learn cutting edge publishing tips from author, publisher, and Kobo director Mark Leslie Lefebvre, and enjoy a reading by Williamstown author L.K. Below. Full details at the event page.

Melissa Yi’s Terminally Ill Makes Local Front Page News

Terminally Ill, the third and newest release in the Hope Sze medical mystery series, debuted on the front page of the Standard Freeholder’s local news page.

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In a heartwarming interview with Lois Ann Baker, Melissa Yuan-Innes, writing under the pen name Melissa Yi, describes how she first picked up a pen and became a writer as well as an actively practicing emergency physician.

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If the sample above captures your interest, the full interview may be viewed through Press Display here.

Melissa will appear at the Terminally Ill launch party on March 22nd, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexandria Public Library and at 2 p.m. at the Cornwall Public Library.

She will welcome two special guests: author, publisher, and Kobo director Mark Leslie Lefebvre and Williamstown author L.K. Below. Full details at the event’s Facebook page.

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Scalpels & Pens: Local Physician Releases Medical Thriller (Seaway News Article)

Thanks to Adam Brazeau of the Seaway News for an electrifying interview with Melissa Yi, a.k.a. Melissa Yuan-Innes, for the official launch of Terminally Ill (March 22nd, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexandria Public Library and at 2 p.m. at the Cornwall Public Library).

Author, publisher, and Kobo director Mark Leslie Lefebvre and Williamstown author L.K. Below will also make special appearances.

Read the full article here.

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Terminally Ill Book Launch

Terminally Ill officially launches on March 22nd, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexandria Public Library and at 2 p.m. at the Cornwall Public Library.

Come join the fun!

Read all about it in The Seeker:

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Behind “Code Blues,” with Melissa Yi

Code Blues, by Melissa YiAvailable at Kindle & Smashwords

In Melissa Yi’s debut medical thriller, Code Blues, Dr. Hope Sze tries to resuscitate a doctor who died in the men’s locker room of a Montreal hospital.  Then she uncovers his killer with the help of not one, but two, delectable men.  Yi, who is a real-life emergency doctor, offers an exclusive interview about her novel.

Why did you write about Hope Sze, a medical resident who turns into an amateur detective?

I think it’s a matter of “write what you know,” since I had just finished my emergency medicine training, plus I like mysteries and romance.

I woke up with the idea of writing a series about a resident doctor named Hope, starting with Cross My Heart, where she solves a mystery but romance is key.  In Hope to Die, she would receive death threats.  I changed the titles, but the ideas stayed.  Of course, I thought the third would be called Stick a Needle and be set on surgery and the fourth, In My Eye, would be on ophthalmology, but I’ve only written the first two.

Some people think it’s not realistic that Hope would agree to solve crimes.

I don’t know.  If I found someone I knew who had died under mysterious circumstances, I might investigate it.  Doctors tend to take charge and I’m nosy.  It doesn’t mean I’d be any good at it!  But I tried to write it as realistically as possible while still keeping it a good story.

What about Alex Dyck and John Tucker, the two men vying for her attention?  Is that realistic too?

It could happen, but I made them up.  Unfortunately.  Or maybe not unfortunately, as you can see in the book.

You didn’t have two guys fighting over you?

I wish!  Actually, I’m one of those annoying people who found the right guy almost immediately.  I married my high school sweetheart during medical school.

So you’re not into bad boys?

I’m into self-preservation.  But it doesn’t hurt to imagine how the other half lives.

What about the medicine?

That part’s all true.  I was actually cringing during the edits, remembering what it was like, having to explain to patients’ families on the internal medicine ward and on pediatrics that they had to bring their own diapers (BYOD.  Much less fun than BYOB), or running up the stairs and finding plaster that had crumbled off the wall on the stairs.  A nephrologist told me that their weight scales were broken, but no one would pay to fix them, so they just had to guess how much to dialyze their patients.  A neurologist told us he needed heating packs when testing patients’ nerve function, or else the test wasn’t accurate, but no one would pay for those, either.

Is the Canadian medical system that bad?

No, parts of it are excellent!  Seriously, Quebec is in a crisis.  Like Hope, I came to Montreal from Ontario (a neighbouring province) after doing medical school at the University of Western Ontario and I was shocked at the difference.  Like, on one floor, the nurses didn’t do electrocardiograms or draw blood, so if a patient had chest pain, I was supposed to do everything–and run all the other patients at the same time, all night.  Sadly, the Ontario system has now deteriorated as well, but there are so many good doctors, nurses and administrators fighting the good fight to give patients the care they deserve.

Isn’t this an argument against socialized medicine?

No, it’s an argument against medicine that’s poorly executed, which can happen anywhere, whether it’s for profit or non-profit.  A one-tier system, where government pays the bills instead of multiple insurance companies, saves about 10 percent of costs right off the top.  And in general, it doesn’t make sense to me to have companies making a profit from ordering scans or offering surgeries you don’t need.  I’d rather have healthy people who only come in to emerg when they really need it.

I’m in favour of medical care for everyone.  I think it should be accessible to all, just like clean water, unpolluted air, and a proper education.

You wrote “favour” and “neighbour”.  Your spelling is…

Not American.  I know.  Canadian spelling incorporates British and American spelling, which means I’ve made up my own hybrid.  My copy editor made changes, but I changed them back.  To me, anaesthetist just looks cooler than anesthetist.  More learned, somehow.  Yet anaestheologist seems stuffy to me.  Strange, I know.

Why do you use a pseudonym?

Well, my real name is Melissa Yuan-Innes.  Try saying that three times fast.  For the record, I pronounce “Yuan” like “It’s just YOU ‘n’ me, kid.”  I have now worked for years with nurses and unit coordinators who mispronounce it or who say, “I know how to pronounce it.  It’s Dr. Melissa.”

I started publishing under my real name, mostly fantasy and science fiction and medical humour, but for mystery/thrillers, I decided to go with Yi, pronounced Yee.  It’s snappier.  It also helps people distinguish between genres.  My kids books will be under Melissa Yuan and romance will be Melissa Yin.

Thank you for explaining.  So what are you working on now?

The sequel to CODE BLUES, NOTORIOUS D.O.C., debuts September 3rd.  Hope decides to help a grieving mother investigate a hit-and-run accident from eight years ago.  And the love triangle continues.  I remember Sting once said that if it’s just “I love you, you love me,” that’s boring, but once you bring in a third party, it becomes interesting.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

But I hope to release novels in all my genres before my maternity leave ends in October.  Thanks for reading!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Code Blues is available on Kindle and Smashwords.

Notorious D.O.C. continues Hope Sze’s adventures September 3rd, 2011.

Melissa Yuan-Innes is also the author of the radio medical drama No Air (on Smashwords andKindle) and a collection of medical humour called The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World and Other True Tales From the Emergency Room (on Smashwords & Kindle, under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes).  She welcomes visitors at  www.melissayuaninnes.net.