Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Acclaimed Mississippi Author Darden North Featured In Mississippi Business Journal

Darden North is the IPPY award-winning author of four novels, most recently "Wiggle Room", a medical thriller novel that combines medicine, terrorism, murder, intrigue, suspense and flawed female characters into a fast-paced, action-packed mystery fiction novel

Mississippi Author Darden North was recently featured in Mississippi Business Journal. The author of the piece, Martin Willoughby mentioned Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule for becoming an expert. Gladwell’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve expert status in any endeavor. Willoughby praised Dr. North’s perseverance in achieving expert status in two fields of endeavor – medicine and writing.

“There is no innovation without imagination,” Dr. North stated. “Just as I look for new ways to plunge the fictional characters of my novels into twisted conflicts, I seek improved health opportunities for my patients in the 'real' world of my medical career. A physician, who wants better for his or her patients, understands that there is always more to learn, and a writer cannot resist blurring the lines between true medical science, technology, and human frailty.”

Dr. Darden North practices medicine full-time as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Jackson Healthcare for Women, PA. North is a pioneer in the use of advancements in gynecological robotic surgery in both multi- and single-site techniques and is a national instructional proctor for Intuitive Surgical Gynecological Robotics. He served as National Chairman of the Junior Fellows of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), Secretary/Treasurer of the Mississippi Ob/Gyn Society, and maintains active leadership in the medical community having served as Chief-of-Staff of both River Oaks and Woman's hospitals.

He also writes mysteries and medical thrillers. ‘Wiggle Room’ is his recently released fourth novel. North’s first two novels, ‘House Call’ and ‘Points of Origin’, have received national book awards, most notably an IPPY in Southern Fiction for ‘Points of Origin.’ His third medical thriller, ‘Fresh Frozen’, is in film development and received five national writing awards: the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards -- Winner, Best Cover Design and Finalist, Regional Fiction; the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival – Honorable Mention in General Fiction; 2009 New Generation Indie Book Awards -- Finalist, Best Cover Design Fiction, and Finalist, Regional Fiction. His first three books have been nominated in Fiction by the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters.

'Wiggle Room' has received high praise. Robert Dugoni, New York Times best-selling author of 'The Conviction', said: "A rollercoaster ride of murder, intrigue, and plot twists, 'Wiggle Room' keeps (readers) turning the pages to the final, climactic finish." Carolyn Haines, author of 'Bonfire of The Vanities' called the book "An action-packed, edge-of-the-seat thriller."

Darden North is available for media interviews, book clubs, personal appearances and book signings. He can be contacted using the information below or by email at All of his books are available at most online book retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble. More information is available at his website at

About Dr. Darden North:

Darden North, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/ gynecologist who grew up in the Mississippi Delta and now lives in Jackson where he practices medicine. A graduate of Ole Miss and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and Medical Center, he is a certified DaVinci robotic surgeon and still delivers babies. North’s first novel, 'House Call' was awarded Finalist in Mystery/Suspense by the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. His second novel 'Points of Origin' was recognized in Southern Fiction by the 2007 Independent Publishers Book (IPPY) Awards. His third novel, 'Fresh Frozen' is in film development by Frank Vitolo and Scott Alvaraz. The screenplay adaptation of ‘Fresh Frozen’ is by Amy Taylor. The novel received Best Cover Design in the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards and Finalist in Regional Fiction.

North presented at the 2013 Killer Nashville writing conference discussing the construction of medical thrillers and mysteries and served on the faculty of the 2010 Southern Expressions Authors Conference. He has been a panelist at “Murder in the Magic City” (Birmingham, AL), “Author! Author! Celebration of the Written Word” (Shreveport LA), “Murder on the Menu” (Wetumpka, AL), and “Thriller Author Panel – 2008 SIBA Trade Show” (Mobile, AL).


Dr. Darden North