So, I began my medical career as an EMT, where I worked for two years on an ambulance in Phoenix Arizona, and then went on to become a paramedic. I spent 24 years as a paramedic working in a large system in the suburbs of Phoenix, spent two years as a flight paramedic, worked in many rural systems, and also did time as a firefighter paramedic. I suffered a spinal cord injury sliding head first into home plate during a city league softball game, and spent the next two months in the hospital learning how to walk, and do basic daily tasks. It’s because of that injury that I left my tools sale job with Stanley Tools to become an EMT. Looking back, it was the best I thing that I ever did.

For many years, I dreamed about writing a book. I had a great beginning with everything that I went through my spinal cord injury. I probably started writing a book at least a hundred times before I got really serious about it, and wrote my first book Racing the Reaper. I’ll let you all in on a little secret. Though I write medical fiction thrillers, the first two chapters of Racing the Reaper were 100% real, what I went through, and sprung me into the crazy life of EMS.

I get ideas daily for books and jot them down. It’s funny because something I take ideas from WIP’s (Work in Progress) and mold them into a book. I’m currently getting ideas together for a new medical fiction thriller series. I have some concepts put together for the first book, but haven’t put pen to paper yet.

When I get an idea together, I start off with character development. I try to flesh them out as much as possible giving them real life quirks. We all know if real life people aren’t perfect. We all have flaws. I try to take a character’s flaws and either make them a strength or a weakness. I write about medical because that’s what I know and what I love. Plus, you can have so much conflict in a book writing in this genre.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I spent the majority of my life in sports. I had a ten-year career as a Semi-Pro football player as a fullback and defensive end. Here’s the funny thing, I absolutely LOVE sports, but I have yet to write anything sports related. For those who are close to me have often asked why I haven’t yet, and I honestly don’t know why. I’ve toyed around with the idea of integrating sports into my medical fiction thrillers, but haven’t found the right time to do that yet.

After spending all those years as an EMT and paramedic, I decided to go back to school and become a nurse. I now work as a traveling emergency room nurse. My passion is emergency medicine, so it made sense for me to have my career in the ER. I went to the #1 associates degree nursing program in the wonderful state of Oklahoma. I graduated with honors and served as the class president for my nursing class. It was an amazing experience, and the hardest thing I have ever done to date. I have learned so much since I’ve been working in the ER, but none of that would’ve been possible hadn’t I received an amazing education.

God and creativity willing, I’m going to continue writing books. I have learned and grown so much as a writer, but the sky is the limit. Everyone stay safe and I’ll see you in my next book.

About Jerrid Edgington

Jerrid Edgington is a Paramedic at Le Flore County EMS in Poteau Oklahoma. He has been in EMS for over 20 years. He has worked in four different states in EMS. He has worked in big inner city as well as the rural settings. Jerrid has aspired to write a book and has recently released his fourth book in the Reaper Series, Revenge of the Reaper, medical thrillers based on paramedics.

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