Friday Spotlight: Ginger Hanson

The Evolution of Miss Mabel
Ginger Hanson

Miss Mabel Tuckingham first appears as a peripheral character in Ellie’s Song. Although Ellie sees Miss Mabel as a busybody, the more I thought about her, the more I liked her. I decided she is not so much a busybody as someone who knows something about everyone in town. To remove the onus of busybody, I fleshed out her backstory to include 30 years as a reporter with the Tassanoxie Sentinel. This job led to her personal knowledge about anything and everyone in Tassanoxie.

Once I had decided she would be a permanent fixture in Tassanoxie, I decided to give her a blog and created “Miss Mabel Talks Tassanoxie.” For some reason, no one else had used that title.

I confess. Miss Mabel has become my alter ego. She’s a little older than I am, but we share some of the same opinions about life. And she’s fun to write.

My original plan was for Miss Mabel to talk about the characters and stories. Then I realized how difficult it would be to discuss the stories without giving away information that might ruin a story for readers. After some thought, I decided she would do better telling readers about what’s happening in Tassanoxie and how she feels about it. She also talks about some of the characters and sometimes shares insider information about the stories.

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Miss Mabel evolved into the “go to gal” in Tassanoxie. Look for her or a reference to her in upcoming stories. She’s been a challenge, (she has her own spreadsheet, too!) but she’s a lot of fun. Drop by her blog at

Noted by RT Book Reviews for her “fast-paced, rich in detail” writing, Ginger Hanson writes contemporary and historical romance novels. Her contemporary series, set in the fictional small town of Tassanoxie, Alabama, is published by The Wild Rose Press. Feather’s Last Dance (2010) and Ellie’s Song (2011) established the series. The third story in the series, A Christmas Diamond for Merry (short story, ebook only) will be released in December 2011 and a novella ebook is pending.

Lady Runaway, Ginger’s historical Regency adventure romance, was published in 2009 by Twilight Times Press. Her two earlier Civil War adventure romances were published in 2004. Visit Ginger at

Wednesday Spotlight: Ginger Hanson

Captain Devlin Carrington: The Doctor Is In


Ginger Hanson

Unlike today’s highly paid surgeons, nineteenth-century surgeons got no respect. They actually ranked below general physicians on the professional ladder of life. Thus, my decision to make the hero of Lady Runaway not only an army surgeon, but also a member of the aristocracy caused all kinds of complications. To incorporate the idea, I spent a lot of time studying Regency-era military medicine.

Death stalked the nineteenth century English soldier. In camp, he faced contagious diseases whose cures eluded contemporary physicians. If he survived the crowded, unsanitary conditions to meet the enemy, there was the probability of being killed or wounded.

The severely wounded soldier faced being left unattended on a corpse-strewn battlefield. For him, the lack of on site medical care and an organized plan of evacuation translated into hours, or even days with no one to care for his wound and no way to reach medical care. Help usually came after the action when the regiments sent out parties to sort through the carnage. The wait could and often did kill the injured soldiers.

If a soldier wasn’t too severely wounded, he might go to a dressing-station located near the battlefield. Crude and unhygienic, these dressing-stations were little more than frontline amputation depots. On tables made from doors or planks, the surgeons plied the trade of amputation.

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If the soldier couldn’t find a dressing-station, he might opt for the general hospital.

The British medical services established hospitals in various larger towns or villages within the territory it occupied prior to any military encounter. Utilizing buildings such as churches, convents or schools, these sites were usually equipped for 300 patients. In an emergency, they could care for more.

By the time of the Napoleonic Wars, the British army had adopted the idea of general hospitals and abandoned the concept of regimental hospitals suggested by Sir John Pringle. An army surgeon during the War of Austrian Succession, Pringle was a proponent of scattering small hospitals among villages and manning them with the regimental medical staff. He believed this type of hospital was better equipped to handle battlefield casualties while leaving the sick, who cannot be moved with the army, in the general hospitals located farther away from the shifting front.

In Lady Runaway, Dev describes the advantages of regimental hospitals to Lady Riana. He is frustrated by the decision to send casualties to the rear which was based on the leaders’ belief this would keep the army as unencumbered as possible.

My research revealed military doctors who fought to improve medical care for the soldiers and I used them as a role model for Dev. While the army surgeon of the Regency era had no field ambulances, antibiotics or anesthesia, by World War I doctors knew about bacteria, anesthesia, antiseptics and X-rays. Measured against the previous centuries of human existence, the years between 1800 and 1899 mark a unprecedented increase in medical knowledge.

If Dev could time travel to the present, he’d be surprised at the advances. He’d also discover that today’s army surgeon has a lot of prestige and a high value on the Marriage Mart.