Interview with Marc Dauphin, author of Combat Doctor

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Interview with Marc Dauphin, author of Combat Doctor

Posted on February 6 by Marc Dauphin
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Today Marc Dauphin, author of Comabt Doctor, which is about his time as an emergency room doctor at a combat hospital in Kandahar, talks with us about his first book, and what his current project is.

Caitlyn: What was your first publication?

Marc: My first publication was L'anneau de Gabriele the first of a series of seven novels about a German family from the end of WWI, throughout WWII, and the post-war years.

Caitlyn: What inspired you to write your first book?

Marc: I was angry at not finding any well written fiction about the Germans during WWII. All that was on the market up till then had been thoroughly influenced by our own Allied propaganda, and not much of it was credible to anybody who has done a minimum of research on the subject.  So I decided I was best served by myself. Besides, I figured that, if a German wrote it, he would be criticized for being either too lenient or too harsh. As a Canadian who wasn't even alive when those events happened, I had absolutely no axe to grind and would thus be more credible.

Caitlyn: What's the best advice you've ever received as a writer?

Marc: Go back and rewrite this.

Caitlyn: What are you reading right now?

Marc: History books. I always have about ten books going on at once, so that I don't get bored. Some of those history textbooks can get pretty arid. As fiction, right now, Stephen King's Joyland.

Caitlyn: What is your new project?

Marc: I am writing a historical novel about a Young man in Paris in the srping and summer of 1944. There is an downed Allied airman, a German Panzer officer (a character from L'anneau de Gabriele), Résistance fighters and a mysterious young woman who appears to play both sides. I am fascinated with that period where everything was up in the air, and where so many people's lives were changed so abruptly.

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Marc Dauphin

Marc Dauphin is a 60-year-old ex-military physician. He was a civilian ER physician and a reservist for 27 years before being recalled, at age 54, to serve in uniform again. He spent nearly a year in Landstuhl, Germany, helping to stabilize our wounded soldiers before bringing them home. The next year, he was in Afghanistan. He recently retired from the military and the profession, and lives with his wife Christine in Coaticook, Quebec.