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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Inspiration for Without Borders

Hello! I'm Dianne Hartsock and I'd like to start by saying how delighted and honored I am to have a story in this wonderful anthology. When I first heard about the submission call for HER STORY from a friend, I was instantly intrigued and interested. So many women have taken prominent roles in shaping our world. It would be wonderful to know them better.

I started mulling over who to write about. So many choices! Then I remembered reading several articles on 'Doctors Without Borders' and the brave, selfless men and women who devote their lives to this wonderful cause. 'Doctors Without Borders' was founded by a small group of French doctors and journalists in 1971 who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national borders.

'Doctors Without Borders' provide assistance in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

But whose story should I tell? Professionals and volunteers come from all around the world to help in this important cause. How would I narrow it down to one single individual?

That's when the idea to have my story take place in the future came to me. I didn't have to choose a favorite person. I could have my heroine be a compilation of all the inspiring people involved. My doctor Janet is strong and smart, dedicated to her work and to the needs of the people, regardless of who they are.

But now that I have my time period and heroine, what should the story be about? I smile when I write this. As some of you may know, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. Of course the story would have to be about an alien spaceship crash landing on earth. Time and again Janet Orbinski has risked everything for the cause she believes in with all her heart. That everyone, regardless of political or social standing, deserves medical help when needed. But does this extend to a life form she has never even dreamed of meeting? In my story, Without Borders, we have a unique individual who has to make a choice. Either look away when someone is in need of her help to stay safe, or take her life and future in her hands and step into the unknown because she believes it is the right thing to do. After all, isn't this personal sacrifice what makes a true hero?


Dianne Hartsock is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to her mind. Currently, she works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop—the perfect job for her. When not writing, she expresses herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post! Stepping out into the unkown and facing challenges that life throws at them, appears to be one of the underlying themes of this great collection,regarding the stories of these strong women! Your story sounds great, and thanks for sharing what inspired you!:O)


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