Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Human in Every Sense of the Word with Paulette Mahurin.

Welcome to the first of the new series of the Sunday Interview- Human in every sense of the word.

As humans there are five main senses that we rely on to navigate through this world.  And there is one that we all possess but do not necessarily use all the time…

Sight, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell….Sixth Sense.

I would like you to write from 300 to 600 words about one or more of these senses.

We often associate significant events with our senses… the first time we heard a certain piece of music, touched an object or someone that had a profound effect on us, the first sight of a newborn baby or an event unfolding before our eyes, smelling a flower or eating a new food for the first time that was amazing.

You can choose to write about one sense or all of them, including that elusive sixth sense we have clung on to from the early days of man. 

If you would like to participate then here are the details along with my take on senses:

My first guest is author Paulette Mahurin who donates the profits from all her books to rescue dogs from kill shelters. This amazing gesture has saved hundreds of dogs who have gone on to be adopted or to live out their life in safety.

Paulette writes of a memory of a time when all her senses would have been on high alert, as compassion for another was combined with a sense of fear for her own safety.

What did I feel by Paulette Mahurin

Upon reading Sally’s prompts for writing about the senses, what we see, hear, touch, the sixth sense, etc. I thought of a time involving touch. This is my memory of that time:

She’s thin, pale, sickly appearing. Her hair was matted where her head pressed against the pillow. Her liquid, brown eyes had trouble focusing as she drifted in and out of consciousness.

As I approached her, she moaned. Was she in pain? I would never know, not from her words for none came, but clearly she was in agony. Traumatic agony. Diagnostic agony. Her mother had just gone for something to eat, tears streaming down her face. Her expression told more than her words. My heart broke momentarily shattering the panic I felt. I wouldn’t have feared the woman in the bed were it not for the lingering pain in my right thumb. I tried hard to squeeze out our intermingling blood. Mine not yet tainted. Hers lethal.

She was dying from AIDS. The now throbbing pain in my thumb from a needle stick while suturing one of her abrasions saddened me. She had been beaten because she was infected. “Tainted,” the homophobic called her. It looked like she had been hit with hammer, the indentation surrounding the two-inch laceration had that suspicious concave appearance just like on wood hit too hard. The abuser, now in handcuffs, screamed she was a dike. But she wasn’t LGBTQ. She was a hemophiliac who contracted HIV from tainted equipment.

That day I felt more than pain in my right thumb. That day I grieved for our lost humanity. For the entire next year I thought of her, every time I had my follow-up HIV test. They all came back negative to my relief. My last test was done eleven months after that patient died. May she rest in peace. Free from hatred.

©Paulette Mahurin 2019

About Paulette Mahurin

Paulette Mahurin is an international best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K. and Amazon Australia. Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, is schedules for release in 2017.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

A selection of books by Paulette Mahurin

One of the recent reviews for Irma’s Endgame

I’ve come to love the way that Miss Mahurin tackles real subjects in her novel. I first became a fan of this author after reading her historical fiction so when I saw that she had a murder mystery available, I was quick to scoop that up since it’s one of my favorite genres. She did not disappoint.

Irma is stunned that her old college friend, a renowned heart surgeon, has been accused of murder. She vows to get to the bottom of the mystery because she knows that he can’t be the one responsible.

I loved how well-written both Irma and Peter were. They were complex with their own flaws and strengths. Especially Irma. For all her confidence as a lawyer, she still had moments where she struggled to believe in herself, especially when it came to helping Peter.

The medical world introduced in the story is very real, and a fantastic foundation for the story.

Read all the reviews and BUY the books

And Amazon UK:

Profits from Paulette’s books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Read more reviews and follow Paulette on Goodreads:

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My thanks to Paulette for sharing this memory that clearly still haunts her today. I know that she would love your feedback.

I am now booking slots for August and look forward to hearing from you: Human in every sense of the word.




21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Human in Every Sense of the Word with Paulette Mahurin.

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  2. What a touching story, Paulette, and one that I feel very close, having friends on both sides of the story (nurses and people affected by the illness). As if being ill was ever a choice… ♥

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  3. A poignant story, especially topical as we have had a long cover up exposed of NHS patients given tainted blood, not being told what was going on and not supported. The whole tragedy made worse by some families being taunted.

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