Saturday, July 3, 2010

Guest: Paty Jager, Author of Doctor in Petticoats

My guest today is Paty Jager, Award-winning Western Romance author. She’s joined us today to share insights of her latest novel, Doctor in Petticoats. At the end of the blog, Paty tells us about her contest being held during this blog tour.

Welcome, Paty. Tell us about your work.

All of my Halsey brother books have a heroine with an occupation that at the time was male dominated. Doctor in Petticoats is set in Oregon in 1889 which was fifty years after the first woman, Elizabeth Blackwell, earned a degree from a U.S. medical school, there were still lots of prejudice against women as doctors both from male doctors and patients.

My editor and my critique partner both made comments when my heroine is considering if she should forgo motherhood to be a doctor. I read several books written by some of the frontier women doctors and they felt if they had children it would 1) take up time they would need to start a practice and 2) the possibility that they could bring home a disease to their own children. Several waited until their practices were well established before they had children and then they would only do obstetrics or scale down their practice. It was also felt by the male doctors that female doctors were too weak to control any sexual urges they might have toward male patients. As we all know the male is much weaker when it comes to that than females. But it was one of the major concerns of the male instructors in colleges, that women had too frail a constitution to handle crisis situations and resist their desires. Mothers for centuries have been dealing with far more than men.

Here are a few more stats on women physicians:
♥The Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania was the first women's medical college and it opened in 1850 with 40 students.
♥By 1860 there were about 200 women medical doctors in the U.S.
♥ In 1864 Rebecca Lee Crumbler became the first African-American woman to earn an MD and Mary Walter became assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Army.
♥ In 1889 Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first Native-American
woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.
♥In 1897 Eliza Ann Grier, an emancipated slave, became the first
African-American woman to practice medicine in Georgia.
Blurb for Doctor in Petticoats
After a life-altering accident and a failed relationship, Dr. Rachel Tarkiel gave up on love and settled for a life healing others as the physician at a School for the Blind. She's happy in her vocation--until handsome Clay Halsey shows up and inspires her to want more.

Blinded by a person he considered a friend, Clay curses his circumstances and his limitations. Intriguing Dr. Tarkiel shows him no pity, though. To her, he's as much a man as he ever was.

Can these two wounded souls conquer outside obstacles, as well as their own internal fears, and find love?

“I’m going to look in your other eye now.” She, again, placed a hand on his face and opened the eyelids, stilling her fluttering heart as she pressed close. His clean-shaven face had a couple small nicks on the edges of his angular cheeks. The spice of his shave soap lingered on his skin.

She resisted the urge to run her cheek against his. The heat of his face under her palm and his breath moving wisps of wayward hair caused her to close her eyes and pretend for a few seconds he could be her husband. A man who loved her and wouldn’t be threatened by her occupation or sickened by her hideous scar.

His breathing quickened. A hand settled on her waist, slid around to her back, and drew her forward. Her hand, holding the lens, dropped to his shoulder, and she opened her eyes. This behavior on both their parts was unconscionable, but her constricted throat wouldn’t allow her to utter the rebuke.

Clay sensed the moment the doctor slid from professional to aroused woman. The hand on his cheek caressed rather than held, her breathing quickened, and her scent invaded his senses like a warm summer rain.

Blog Tour Contest

This is my twelth blog on my fifteen blog/twelve day tour. Leave a comment and follow me to all the blogs on my tour and you could win an autographed copy of my June release, Doctor in Petticoats, a B&N gift card, and a summer tote filled with goodies. To find out all the places I'll be, go to my blog- to find the list.

Paty Jager
Award- Winning Western Romance Author


Ann_Campbell said...

I just love all your historical info that you have been giving us along the way. You rock Paty :)

Alice Trego said...

Paty -

I agree with Ann C -- your info on female doctors this time on your Blog Tour was really interesting.

I've also read every excerpt on your tour! I can't seem to get enough...


Julie said...

Fascinating information about women doctors. I knew about the earliest, but not much else. I'm pleased so many women braved the shibboleths and became doctors who practiced. Thanks, Paty.


Arletta Dawdy said...

Another winner, Paty. I like that your women break with tradition to assert their dreams and visionary goals. They are iconoclastic in the best way.
Your tour has been a wealth of information and ideas.

Paty Jager said...

Ann, I enjoy enlightening people about the past.

Alice, Thanks!

Julie, Thank you for stopping by.

flchen1 said...

Yes, I have to echo what the others have said--thanks for enlightening us about what life was like for the trailblazers in so many male-dominated professions! And I'm thankful for all those women who dared to press forward--because of their efforts, we've made so much progress in terms of being able to use the gifts we've been given!


I didn't know that about the African-American women who because Doctors. I'm so proud of them.


Paty Jager said...

Thank you Arletta. I've always gone against the grain and I think that's why my heroines do too.

flchen1, I enjoy sharing what I learn with others. And like to show the strength of women. It proves how hard we've worked to become equals.

Loretta, I was surprised, too. Would make another good book...

Paty Jager said...

I'm glad to help, Arletta.

flchen1, you're welcome.

Loretta, It was something new to me.

Kathleen Ernst said...

Sounds interesting! I love the focus on women in male-dominated fields. Cheers!