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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Harry Kraus and Free Books!

PhotobucketCamille Weller is the first African American female trauma surgeon at the Medical College of Virginia. She has to fight through gender and racial prejudice and deal with emotional scars from her past in order to find success in life and love.

It's my pleasure today to interview Harry Kraus, author of The Six-Liter Club (Simon and Schuster--Howard, April, 2010).

PhotobucketHarry Kraus is a board-certified general surgeon whose best-selling novels are laced with medical realism. He has worked as a general surgeon in the US and in East Africa, where he and his family have spent years in medical outreach. He is currently on furlough, living in Virginia and plans to return to Africa next summer.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I have a Schnauzer named Tiger who rips apart books that the postman delivers if she leaves them on the porch.

-- I learned to scuba dive with my sons in the Indian Ocean on the coast of Kenya.

-- I was brought up in the Mennonite faith.

-- I love cheese and dessert and have lost the same twenty pounds about thirty times. I guess that means I've lost 600 lbs.

-- I'm still active as a general surgeon and my life experiences give me plenty of ideas for writing.

From what I see, Harry, you'd do just as well in the pet-lover, adventure, bonnet, and culinary genres as you do in the medical one.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Six-Liter Club.

PhotobucketCamille Weller is starting out her new life as a trauma surgeon at Medical College of Virginia where, as the first black female to attain this position, she has to fight racial and gender prejudice. She longs for a love relationship, but is troubled by haunting memories from Africa where her parents (a white missionary doctor father and Congolese mother) were killed during the Simba rebellion. She has to come to a surprising and full understanding of events in her past before she can accept the faith of her father and find love.

But some past events are so dark that no one would want to know . . .

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about her?

She is witty, a great surgeon, yet forced to try to fit in a white-man's world. She has survived by "being one of the guys," but in the end, finds that she brings something special to her chosen field as an African American female.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

It has suspense, relationship conflict, buried secrets, haunting memories, and the fast-paced life of a trauma surgeon.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your protagonist?

PhotobucketHalle Berry.

How important to the story is your book's setting? 

The book's backstory is set in Congo. This is important as it provided the real setting of the Simba rebellion against the Congolese government. The contemporary setting is Richmond, Virginia and I used real locations, restaurants etc. to provide a realistic texture for the story.

Choose an inanimate object to represent you. Explain what you have in common with it.

This is a crazy question deserving a crazy answer. A baseball. A baseball is fun and round. I am fun and maybe a little too round myself!

Have a few of those 600 pounds still going on there, huh, Harry?

What is the last book you read that moved you? 

I read a book entitled Feel by Matthew Elliot. He gives sound Biblical teaching about emotions dispelling popular misconceptions. I found myself wanting to use the information I gained in a new novel where a protagonist really opens up emotionally.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the second novel of a three-book contract with David C. Cook dealing with a heart transplant patient.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online?

PhotobucketVisit me at www.harrykraus.com

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:

577973: The Six-Liter Club

Thanks, Harry, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Harry has offered to give a copy of his novel to the winner of our drawing on Saturday, August 14. To enter, leave a comment for Harry, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Check out my interviews with Ramona Cecil and Merrillee Whren below, and leave comments under their interviews to be entered in drawings for signed copies of their books.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Jo said...

Very interesting interview. Would love to win this book. Please enter me in the giveaway.


Martha A. said...

Harry, i have loved your books!!! And I read alot of books and I remember yours.....that is a compliment, because when you read 20-40 or like last month 50 books in a month....they have to be really good to remember them! = )
It is interesting you were raised Mennonite....
anyhow, would love to enter!

Cindy W. said...

Great interview...thank you! Six Liter Club is on my MUST read list. As a former surgical tech I love novels in a medical setting. Being a suspense is icing on the cake. I would love to win a copy.

Cindy W.


April said...

Great post. I have read Six Liter Club and would recommend it.

Lynda Schab said...

Great interview, Harry (and Trish). This book sounds awesome and I'd love to share it with my mom, who is a nurse and read-aholic! Please enter me. Lyndaschab at gmail dot com

squiresj said...

What an interesting review. I knew a Preacher who preached to the Memmonite. He came to Bay City, Texas when I was there. I praise God for the work you are doing for him. I thank God for my surgeon who has been so kind since I hit a tree in 1997. There is nothing like being surrounded by Christian men in the medical field. My Rhuemotologist and most all my doctors are Christian and it is truly great.

I would love to win your book and review it for you.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Harry, I have read all of your books and loved them....can't wait to read this one! Please enter me and thanks Trish for the post.

Harry Kraus said...

Trish, thanks for the opportunity to talk to your readers. Grace,

Nancye said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Please count me in.

BTW-- I have a Schnauzer too! Her name is Abby. :)

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

barbjan10 said...

Medical fiction stories are among my favorites. This one appeals in two ways - a female doctor of African roots. I can relate to those 600 lbs. I'm familiar with that battle also. I enjoyed your interview and hope I win this book. Thank you for entering me in the giveaway.

Grace & Joy in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said...

Just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed your interview. After being hospitalized near death from a flesh eating bacterial infection - I have the utmost respect for those that work in the life saving venue. I lived through a real horror story and thank God for the skilled surgeons and doctors he put in my healing path. Thanks for this book giveaway. I hope I win.

Blessed Be in Christ,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Sara said...

Yay I'm excited to see this giveaway again. I entered in another blog earlier in the summer and needless to say didn't win. I enjoy your books, I've read the Claire McCall series and loved it. Great interview I'd love to win this novel thank you for the chance and thank you for sharing your talent with us in the first place!

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