Written with care

Kingston author releases his first novel, Critical Care

Phillip Brown has had two family members receive care at Kingston General Hospital.
Phillip Brown has had two family members receive care at Kingston General Hospital.

Over 90 per cent of proceeds from a new novel will go to benefit developments at Kingston General Hospital (KGH).

Local writer, business-owner and actor Phillip Brown said he sees his novel Critical Care as a personal project, not one for financial gain.

The money from his book, released in November, will go toward improving KGH’s intensive care unit.

“I’m a firm believer in community, commerce and culture,” Brown said, who’s family business Brown’s Dining Solutions owns the Tim Horton’s franchise in the BioSciences Complex. “As a local business owner myself, I know the importance of fostering culture so that the community can thrive and then our economies will also follow suit in that manner.”

Two of Brown’s family members received care and assistance at KGH. While KGH will receive the benefits of the book’s sales, Critical Care was actually set in a Boston hospital, depicting Peter Douglas who after a tragedy must fight against the doomsday clock.

The journey of writing Critical Care began nearly eight years ago. Two thousand hours of writing and 2,000 hours of editing later and the novel was released in November 2011. Almost 300 copies have been sold to date.

Brown said he was supported by the Queen’s Writing Centre and the Queen’s department of English.

He hired for technical editing, English students Justin Tisdale and Brandon Crilly to comb through his manuscript. “You have no idea just how extensive the editing process really is until you’ve tried to publish a book,” Brown said. “I gave the manuscript over to two other people, and suddenly you’re told all over again just how far you are from the finish line.”

Literature in the Limestone

1985: Kingston-born author Bronwen Wallace publishes her third work Common Magic, a book of poetry. The first Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award was given out in 1994.

1992: Booker Prize winning book The English Patient is written by Queen’s graduate Michael Ondaatje.

1995: Architectural historian Jennifer McKendry releases her book With Our Past Before Us: 19th Century Architecture in the Kingston Area.

2004: Queen’s geography professor Brian Osborne writes The Rock and the Sword, a book about the history of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kingston.

2008: Kingston native Joanne Page releases a book of poetry about the aspects of water, called Watermarks.

2009: Hooked, the fifth book of poetry from acclaimed poet and Queen’s creative writing professor Carolyn Smart is published.

2010: Queen’s graduate Russell Smith’s novel Girl Crazy is published by
HarperCollins Canada.

2011: Queen’s graduate Chris Turner writes The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the
Sustainable Economy

— Savoula Stylianou

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