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Dr. Randy Hines II hopes his new novel changes views of common illnesses

Dr. Randy Hines II at the debut of his book Appendicitis (Photo credit: Jasmine Mitchell)

Dr. Randy Hines II is a board-certified physician specializing in family medicine. A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Hines holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Prairie View A&M University and a medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. After his schooling, he moved to Georgia, where he completed a medical residency at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center.

Hines, who now makes his home in the Atlanta area, is the author of Appendicitis, an independently published, action-packed novel that tells the story of 28-year-old Daniel James, an engineer who goes to the hospital for a doctor’s visit but does not leave the same.

Rolling out recently spoke with Hines about his new book.

What inspired you to write this book?

There are two main reasons I wrote this book. The reasons were to both entertain and educate. I love to tell entertaining stories that make people laugh and stimulate their minds at the same time, stories that they can relate to and see themselves in. This book does that along with educating people on common medical topics. Personally, I feel a lot of people are uneducated about common health conditions. Conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and others are fairly common that affect many lives, but people don’t truly understand [them]. … At the end of the book, I hope the reader has laughed, cried and been educated on a medical topic.

What is the story behind the title?

I wanted to pick a familiar medical illness that would intrigue potential readers. When most people hear about someone having appendicitis, their attention is heightened because they know that this is a serious illness and needs to be taken care of immediately. Therefore, before even reading the book, you’re already on the edge of your seat wondering who has appendicitis.

What is the mission you set out to accomplish with your voice in this book?

There are two main goals I hope to achieve with this novel: change people’s mindsets and educate them as well. I want people to look at the world of medicine and people differently after reading Appendicitis. There are many individual stories in this book, stories that I hope will speak to people and change their minds about medical conditions and the people [who] suffer with them. With the medical inserts, I hope to improve people’s medical foundation on relevant topics.

What’s next for you?

My next goal is to work on my next book and after that a screenplay. I have a multitude of unique ideas just swirling around in my head that I’m ready to get out and share with the world. These ideas include action, horror and sci-fi themes that are different from anything out. Hopefully, one day, I hope to see my work on the big screen.

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