Dr Harry Kraus
and his medical thriller
David C Cook
What was a favourite childhood book of yours?
I loved “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Do you remember the title of the first story you ever wrote? What was it about?
“Stainless Steal Hearts” (yes, the first story I wrote was a novel) . It was about a surgical resident who discovers unethical research done on aborted babies. I know, that sounds gross, but I was intrigued by the idea that we could legally abort the same aged babies that we were spending millions of dollars to save in the neonatal ICU. I was a surgical resident myself when I began the story.
If you weren’t a writer, what career would you/did you/do you have pursued?
Can I be crazy unrealistic? I’d like to play baseball. If I can’t do that, maybe fly airplanes!
Why do you write stories?
Stories appeal straight to the heart. The whole point of writing a story is to make your reader experience emotions, most of which we don’t want to experience in real life…anger, fear, bitterness…along with ones we cherish: love, joy, overwhelming peace.
Describe your novel in 5 adjectives
Brilliant researcher, Terminal illness, Medicine-changing breakthrough, impossible dilemma, rekindling love (okay, that’s not exactly what you asked for, but I tried!)
Please share a little about one of your main characters
Becca Jackson has a penchant for high-end lip stick to cover a defect left by a surgeon when she was 16 and in an automobile accident.
What spiritual theme or question does your story deal with?
Self sacrifice for a greater good.
Share a recent movie or tv show that you have loved, and why?
I really enjoyed the movie, “Philomena.” It was human interest, had a faith angle, and exposed darkness within the church. (We really need transparency, don’t we?)
What novel are you working on now?
I’m working on a story about transgenerational trauma, how abuses can be actually passed in our DNA to the next generation. The research is fantastic-amazing stuff.
Thank you, Harry!