Weston’s novelist mixes experience with fiction

WESTON – Heather Frimmer loves her job.

The Weston resident is a breast imaging and emergency room radiologist at Main Street Radiology in Queens, NY. Frimmer, 47, loves her making a difference in people’s lives. She enjoys being able to look at pictures and use them to help solve medical problems.

“I love that sense of meaning and being able to solve a puzzle,” Frimmer said.

But, as important as her job is, she says, it doesn’t leave much room for creativity. Hoping to exercise those muscles, she took a class with the Westport Writers’ Workshop. Her teacher saw the potential and said Frimmer should try to write a novel. Skeptical at first, Frimmer decided to give it a go.

Much of what she loved about medicine turned out to be writing, with a few variations.

“I think writing a novel also has this puzzle aspect (that radiology has),” Frimmer said. “But the writing is much more creative. I need to make up a story on my own. I start with a blank page.

In 2018, she published her first book, “Bedside Manners”, about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer and her medical student daughter. “I was addicted,” Frimmer said. “I couldn’t stop writing.”

Her second book, “Better to Trust”, is released on September 21. Once again, Frimmer was inspired by his daily work.

The new book was inspired by an acquaintance who successfully performed minor surgery on a family member. But Frimmer’s book imagines a scenario in which a parent’s surgery doesn’t go as planned and uncovers dark secrets.

Frimmer said she enjoys tapping into the medical field for creative inspiration, and thinks books like this have intrinsic appeal.

“I feel like people have this thirst to see the inner workings of the medical world because it can be a bit opaque,” ​​she said.

She also likes to mix these medical stories with complex and messy family stories – stories about “family ties and how those ties become tangled,” Frimmer said. These are the kind of books she loves to read, she says, and she finds them just as fun to write.

While Frimmer said finding things to write about isn’t necessarily a barrier, finding the time to write about them can be. In addition to her work as a radiologist, Frimmer is a mother of two children, aged 13 and 15.

On the days when she wasn’t working full time, she said she tried to devote as much time as possible to writing.

“I write in small amounts throughout the day,” Frimmer said.

She gets up early, usually between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., and writes as much as she can in the early morning hours. She writes down ideas she gets from walking, driving, or reading other people’s books.

“I don’t watch TV either, so whatever my free time is, I read, write or walk,” Frimmer said.

With her second novel about to be released, Frimmer is already working on a third. This is about an obstetrician and a patient who experienced a traumatic childbirth. While she can’t see herself leaving medicine anytime soon (“Most writers have to have day jobs because writing doesn’t pay so well,” Frimmer explained), she has embraced the world of fiction. .

“I don’t mind investing the time to get involved in a world and get to know the characters,” she said.

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