Medical centre staffer turns main character in James Patterson novel
Gulf Today|August 04, 2020
Medical centre staffer turns main character in James Patterson novel
MINNEAPOLIS: When Angela Hoot reads a novel, she likes to identify with the protagonist. “I always put myself as the main character, like I’m part of the book,” said Hoot, a patient liaison at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. With James Paterson’s newest novel, “1st Case,” this was easier than usual.

The main character — a tough, smart computer whiz — is named Angela Hoot. This is not a coincidence. Back in 2016, Paterson — the author of so many books nobody can count that high (more than 200, with more than 400 million copies sold worldwide) — spent some time at Mayo for prostate surgery. Angela Hoot — the real one — was assigned as his patient liaison. “She sort of shepherded me around. I was part of their spoiled-brat club,” Paterson said during a joint Zoom interview with Hoot. (He spoke from his home in Florida, and Hoot from the Mayo Clinic.) “We spent a lot of time together,” he said. “We’d wait for appointments and whatever, and so we talked a lot.” He got the idea to use her name in a book because of two things. “One, because she was really good to me. It was a big deal for me to have an operation, you’re sort of dealing with matters of mortality for the first time, so in the context of that, Angela and the people at Mayo made it as easy as it could be,” he said. (By the way, he urges all males to get tested for prostate cancer.)

“And then the name — it’s such a terrific, unusual name.” Had Hoot’s name been, for instance, “Mary Jones,” he might not have chosen to immortalize her this way. “That’s what makes it fun,” he said. “Hoot — what a great name, don’t you think?”


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August 04, 2020