Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Q&A with Dan Mayland

From my Q&A with Dan Mayland, author of The Doctor of Aleppo: A Novel.

About the book, from the publisher:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

It communicates the setting (Aleppo), the main character (the doctor), and the main character’s profession (medicine). And for most readers, given the reference to Aleppo, it will also communicate that this is a war novel. Quite a heavy lift for just four words!

Readers might also be interested to know that an earlier version of the book was titled The Royals of Aleppo, which hints at the fact that the original concept was more of an ensemble piece. Truth be told, it still is a bit of an ensemble piece of sorts, in that there are important other characters—the doctor’s wife and children, a Syrian-American woman, a Swede—who play crucial roles in the mystery and love story that unfolds over the course of the novel. But the heart of the novel is....[read on]
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Q&A with Dan Mayland.

--Marshal Zeringue