Addicted to Life and Death: Memoirs of an EMT and Deputy Coroner

Addicted to Life and Death: Memoirs of an EMT and Deputy Coroner

By   Publisher  Masthof Press

ISBN  1601261438

ANSI  1601261438

Published in   Biographies Memoirs, Crime Criminals, Death Grief, Non Fiction,


Make sure to check out for other great books like this one! When Janice Ballenger joined a volunteer rescue company, she began keeping a journal, and clipping news articles about the calls she responded to. Now, as an EMT and deputy coroner, she has seen, smelled and touched things most people have difficulty just hearing about. With the thought of “There’s nothing worse that I can see”, she continued her job. The Nickel Mines Amish School shootings in October 2006, changed that, when a milk truck driver shot ten Amish girls, and killed himself. Read her story as one of the few people who entered the schoolhouse with the bodies inside.

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

Life through the eyes of a volunteer EMT and Deputy Coroner. DC on call the day of the Nickel Mines Amish school murders.

Do you write full time or part time

Wrote one book to carry me through the 2 years following the Nickel Mines tragedy.

How do you structure your day when you write

I wrote whenever my mind started drifting back inside the bloodied school room

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I wrote to keep my mind occupied following Nickel Mines Amish school tragedy, which left 10 young Amish girl shot, execution style, 5 died and the perp killed himself inside the school.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work


What inspired you to create this book

A collection of journals I had kept throughout my years as a volunteer EMT and my years as a Deputy Coroner.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it


What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

It was all very difficult as I re-visited in my mind a lot of calls I had forgotten.

What was the most rewarding

Occupying my mind for two years. Having people learn how much time volunteers devote and the images they see.

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different

Yes, I forgot to put the one thing that struck me the hardest when inside the school when I wrote the book. "Visitors bring joy to our school". That visitor did not bring joy to their school on that October day.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)

After receiving offers from agents wanting me to write solely about Nickel Mines, which I refused to do, I self published.

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

I personally like about 300 pages.

What is your favorite book or film

Ambulance Girl

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall

I really don't know much about book trailers. I suppose I should research it.

What are you working on next


About the Author