We’re thrilled to have here today Dr. Bruce Starkman from Allen Malnak’s new historical thriller novel Hitler’s Silver Box. Dr.Starkman is a thirty year old ER physician living in Chicago, IL.
It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!
“Thank you so for this interview, Dr. Starkman. May I call you Bruce?”
“Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
“I don’t view myself as a hero. All I wanted was to be allowed to pursue my profession. To me working in an ER is not heroic, and what I did in the novel I needed to do not only to protect the life of my loved one and myself but to prevent a worldwide tragedy.”
“Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?”
“Except that Allen made me a tad too charming and much better looking, he did an OK job.”
“What do you believe is your strongest trait?”
“My ability to think and react quickly when bad things are happening all around me.”
“That damned claustrophobia when I’m in a confined space, especially a dreaded tunnel, when it’s dark. Just can’t breathe or think clearly.”
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be?
“I’d pick Ben Affleck.”
“Do you have a love interest in the book?”
“Miriam is the love of my life. I’d do anything to keep her safe and by my side. She’s also a wonderful human being and a true hero.”
“At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?”
“There were several times. The worst was when I was stuck in the tunnel. The other was near the end when we both were fighting for our lives.”
“If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?”
“I would not want to be Gerhard. To me he will always represent unadulterated evil.”
“How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?”
“I’ve often been disappointed with endings. This one was close to perfect with all the loose ends tied up.”
“What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?”
“Don’t let any of my favorite characters be murdered by sadists.”
“Thank you for this interview, Dr. Starkman. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?”
“You’ll have to ask Dr. Malnak, but I hear he’s working on a sequel. Unlike me, he’s gotten kind of lazy.”
After completing his medical residency and liver disease fellowship, Dr. Malnak practiced as a board certified internist. He served as Chief of Internal Medicine at the US Army Hospital, Fort Sill, OK., and was medical director of several organizations. Dr. Malnak was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University.
Dr. Malnak’s father emigrated to the US from Lithuania when he was sixteen, leaving behind a large family. They were all subsequently sent to a Nazi death camp during World War II and were exterminated. As a result of that tragic familial history, Dr. Malnak developed a keen interest in the Holocaust and has read widely on the subject. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Florida with their whippet, Paige, and parakeet, Kiwi. Hitler’s Silver Box is his first novel.
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