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Nashville Mercy


In Nashville Mercy, a rising country music star mysteriously dies after undergoing a routine medical procedure. This catches the attention of the series’ namesake Kate Katelinson, an investigative reporter for the Nashville Herald, who becomes personally tied to the case and finds herself thrust into a twisted labyrinth of betrayal, corruption and murder after sources connected to her investigation start to die. Armed with only her investigative instincts and an unlikely alliance of friends, Kate enters a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse with a mastermind more powerful than she ever could have anticipated.


The novel will also appeal to fans of romance as Kate finds herself torn between her brilliant ex fiancé, and a charismatic hospital executive who both may be after more than her heart.


Dr. DeLand’s debut novel combines her love of writing and of southern culture in cities like Nashville. And while she creates a rollercoaster ride of suspense in her new mystery book, she also covers key healthcare topics she has experienced throughout her career as a radiation oncologist treating women and children.


Dr. DeLand is known in the literary world for having written The Great Katie Kate series that answers questions for young readers about cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma; Baby Santa, a series of children’s Christmas books fun for the holiday season; the educational Busy Bees books; and the standalone title Fishing for Flowers. She is currently working on the second installment of her Kate Katelinson series, titled Nashville Rap.



Q&A with M. Maitland DeLand


After writing so many successful children’s stories, what drew you to writing an adult novel, and a mystery in particular?

This was something different. It was edgy and I could play around with some more adult themes. It was also fun to think of how I could take my intense, technical medical knowledge and use it to create a story that every reader could enjoy. Not everyone wants to read medical texts, but everyone does want to read and find out how a murder can happen.


How different was it writing an adult novel from a children’s book?

Well, it was very different. I could really have a little more freedom with my writing. I could make ideas a little more complex, a little more technical, but with the children’s books – as fun as they are to write, you have to keep in mind that you are writing to a much younger audience.


You uniquely tie your professional experiences as an oncologist into your writing. Why is that important to you?

If I went to school for it…might as well use it!! Seriously – we spend so much time building up our knowledge on marketing, sales, business development, biology, whatever it is, and we spend so much money to get these degrees. Why not find ways to utilize all your interests and everything you learn over the years? This is a fun release for me. It’s applying all my experiences and knowledge, but with a creative outlet.


Why did you choose to set this series in Nashville?

It’s the hub of the music industry. I wanted to center my books around things happening in the music industry. And personally, I just love the city. It’s such a diverse culture, everybody there is so friendly, and I love being there!


Are you like your main character at all?

Not at all! But I think that’s what makes creating her so fun! I wish I could solve a mystery as fast as Kate!


Can you explain your writing process and how you shaped Nashville Mercy?

Writing Nashville Mercy was an intuitive process. I knew I wanted to create a strong, intelligent female protagonist with great instincts. I put myself in Kate Katelinson’s shoes when writing, and always asked myself how she would react to the events unfolding in the plot. It was actually very fun.          When shaping the idea for the plot, I chose to focus on a corrupt aspect of the United State’s medical system that many don’t know exists. I ultimately wanted to make the plot informative and engaging, while opening the opportunity to have a dialogue and create change around the issues addressed in the book.


Without any spoilers, can you give us a sneak peak into the second installment of the Kate Katelinson series, Nashville Rap?

Kate Katelinson comes up against the greatest challenge of her career and personal life in this murder mystery, which is set in the heart of Nashville’s music scene. When a famous music producer suddenly dies in what appears to be an accident, Kate’s instincts tell her there’s more to the story. She embarks on a personal investigation and quickly finds herself surrounded by colorful suspects and odd clues that must be pieced together before the killer discovers her true agenda. Kate must also trust her instincts when a handsome record executive pursues her. This book is a bold investigation into race, power, jealousy, and betrayal. Readers will learn some more interesting medical facts as well!

Maitland DeLand



Maitland DeLand, M.D. makes her novel debut with Nashville Mercy, the first book in her Kate Katelinson murder mystery series. She is also the author of several children’s books collections, including The Great Katie Kate books focused on educating children about medical conditions.


Dr. DeLand is a radiation oncologist and founder of OncoLogics, a group of cancer treatment centers in the southern United States. A leader in her field, Dr. DeLand is chairman of the Health Education Authority of Louisiana Board and also serves as a member of the BreastCancer.org Professional Advisory Board. She’s an active philanthropist, who is passionate about supporting diabetes and cancer prevention programs, as well as the special needs of children. Her experience in the medical field is prevalent in the stories she writes.


She also finds ample inspiration for her writing from her deep love of southern culture and colorful southern personalities. Dr. DeLand divides her time between Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana and Nashville, Tennessee.


She spends her free time growing her fine antiques and art collection. A classic movie buff as well, Dr. DeLand is a regular at the Turner Classic Film Festival. She also never misses Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas Concert held in Nashville every year.