April 26, 2013
Meet the Author: Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith
Who: Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith, longtime local physician
What: Two book signings of Chapman-Smith’s new collection of nonfiction short stories, We Laughed, We Cried -- The Days that Shaped a Doctor
When: Friday, April 26, and Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For months, Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith had a nightly ritual after the dinner dishes were cleared. She put on some music, sat at her dining room table with pen and paper and wrote about her 20-year career practicing medicine. The result is We Laughed, We Cried -- The Days that Shaped a Doctor, a collection of more than 50 short stories. Chapman-Smith will sign copies of the book at two events in Eckhart Public Library’s Close Community Room, Friday, April 26, and Thursday, May 9. Both events are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
She describes the stories as ranging from "poignantly tear-jerking to outrageously humorous."
has been a writer as long as she can recall, and the roots of this book
formed about 15 years ago when she began taking notes about people and
that touched her.
two children into adulthood was her priority then. Now that her
children are grown, she said she wanted to cross the book off her
“bucket list” before she
turns 50 this year.
storytelling style has been compared to the British veterinarian and
writer, James Herriot, which Chapman-Smith calls “the ultimate
compliment.” Her goal in
writing the book was to show a more human side to being a doctor and
explore how relationships with patients have shaped her life.
“Most doctors are doctors because they love people,” she said.