Craig Danner is a native Oregonian and fourth generation bootmaker, who holds a license to practice medicine as a Physician Assistant. He studied creative writing at Macalester and The Evergreen State colleges, and has lived and worked in Indonesia, the South Pacific, India, Nepal, Mexico, and Ecuador. His debut novel, Himalayan Dhaba, stems from experiences gained while he and his wife spent six months running a remote hospital in the mountains of Northern India. His second novel, The Fires of Edgarville, was released in September 2009.
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"I started writing Himalayan Dhaba during the winter of 1991,
while my wife and I were working in a hospital in the mountains of Northern
India. The story began as a screenplay. The world we were immersed in was so
visually stunning, it seemed the perfect setting for a movie. But as the
characters evolved and their stories took hold of the writing, they demanded the
time and development that can only be accomplished in a novel. I still think it
would make a great movie, but it's an even better book."
Q. How would you describe Himalayan Dhaba?
Himalayan Dhaba is the story of Mary, an American woman doctor struggling to run a hospital in the mountains of northern India. The novel tells how five very isolated and extremely disparate people find themselves touching bottom both physically and emotionally, and how their lives become enmeshed as they each find a very different pathway to redemption. I can't stand reading novels about people that are completely unsympathetic, so I crafted my characters so even the most despicable ones act in such a way that you understand what motivates them. The novel is about how these people find their way out of their own personal hells; about how fate ...
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