The next question I often hear is, "Why did you write it as a novel, why not a bigraphy?"
The answer to that is also simple. This is a story, and I wanted readers to enjoy reading it as such, to get to know Robert and Jennie as real people who had dreams and hopes and sadness and conversations and who played a real part in Canadian history.
Their letters and journals were a wonderful way for me to to "hear" their voices and of course, I knew these people and spent many hours with them when I was a young child...a quiet child who probably overheard many conversations that I shouldn't have. I was also part of many dinner time conversations, listened to and loved my grandfather's stories, or heard him talking to my father, also a doctor, about medical matters.
I also wanted their story to reach a larger audience than might be reached by a straight biography...thus Medical Man is a story and I wrote it as such, and almost everyone I speak to has a story to tell of their parents or grandparents,
so.... "Dinna forget".