Interview with Dr. Harry Saranchak: ‘It was the Haitians who pulled people from the rubble after the quake’

Dr. Harry J. Saranchak earned a B.A. degree cum laude from Georgetown and followed it with an M.D. from University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For 30 years he was a vascular and general surgeon in three Connecticut hospitals, and for 25 of those he was also educator and mentor to medical students, residents and colleagues—while receiving eight Golden Scalpel awards for teaching excellence. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Saranchak co-authored seven medical journal articles from 1974 to 1984. After retiring from his private practice at Grove Hill Medical Center in New Britain, CT, he wrote Betrayals of Hippocrates: Crimes Against Innocence.

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Q: Welcome to As the Pages Turn, Dr. Saranchak. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

Published for the first time thank-you, with more on the way.

Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?

Betrayals of Hippocrates: Crimes Against Innocence.

Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

None. This novel has a story that needs to be read.

Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

I felt that the novels’ force of purpose is overcoming any obstacles

Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

I chose Xlibris because they print on demand.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I said thank-you for all the help and belief in the message of the novel.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I established a website where readers could learn more about me and the novel.

Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

I would have marketed more aggressively.

Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

As I learn what is going on in Haiti and the amount of time and money spent to overcome inhumane living conditions, I have to wonder why the people continue to be submissive to a power greater than the human spirit within each of them. It was the Haitians who pulled people from the rubble after the quake. Unconditional rescues. In my novel Dr. Longfellow, altered countless lives in the name of science throwing the reader into a debate about good and evil. A population of vulnerable, poor, people is fodder for unscrupulous events.

Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I would have developed a book proposal.

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

I am able to assist readers to try to stay healthy and never let their mind, bodies, spirits, and souls become the property of anyone else.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

A Marine Biologist.

Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

I am in the process of synchronizing the best of all worlds.

Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?

I have just finished my 4th novel. I just returned from Port –au- Prince and the people of Haiti are thriving beyond what anyone could have imagined. The quake gave them an opportunity to decide how the love of Haiti and the love of my fellow man can truly alter future generations at the core.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Stay with it. Write every day. Keep a pen, crayon, napkin, notebook, sharp rock, or wall of a cave handy at all times. One never knows when or where inspiration will make itself known.


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