Mary Anne Walser interviews Dr. Martha Boone about her novel The Big Free. It is a coming of age story rich with medical drama, stories of Charity Hospital in New Orleans and the French Quarter. It is a wild romp through the first six months of surgical internship. The protagonist is a naïve Charleston girl who comes to The Big Free to learn surgery. This fun interview includes behind the scenes stories of Dr. Boone’s experiences in New Orleans, the humor and tragedy in inner city hospital work and the joy of meaningful work.
About Dr. Martha Boone
Dr. Martha Boone is one of the first one hundred women board certified in urology. After 23 years of education, she practiced academic urology for five years and private practice for twenty-four. She was named TOP DOC in urology in Atlanta for over a decade. Her first novel The Big Free fictionalizes her first six months at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Her current book, The Unfettered Urologist, is nonfiction and explains the pearls of wisdom she never had time to include in a short office visit. It will be available August 15,2023. Her third book, Mother Charity, will be released in March of 2024 and is the sequel to The Big Free. Dr. Boone retired to write full-time and travel with her husband.