Interview with Mel Ostrov

Introduce yourself
I was born in the U.S.A. during the Great Depression. My parents were poor immigrants from England – my father from the east side slums of London, my mother from Manchester. Both parents had only an elementary school education; both had to work to support their new family. Fortunately, the New York City schools, including Brooklyn College, were free. I proved to be a good student, serving on the math team and earning a science medal. After college I attended medical school, followed by a hospital internship, then residency in Internal Medicine followed by another year specializing in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, going on to become a Fellow of the Academy (FAAAAI). During the Vietnam War I served in the U.S. Army for two years as a physician in an Army Hospital. By then I had a lovely wife and two wonderful children. After I was discharged at the rank of Major I joined a practice specializing in Allergies and Asthma.
What prompted you to write this book?
I wanted my children and grandchildren to know how and where I grew up. When I retired, I finally found time to write a book.
What prompted you to become a writer?
When I became a contributor and editor for medical journals and wrote medical articles for newspapers I found it to be quite enjoyable. From there it wasn’t much of a leap jumping to books.
Why did you choose to write it as a novel?
I created a story written in simple prose, not only with a plot based on actual observations and locale descriptions, but I also wanted to devise situations that would attract and maintain the reader's interest while providing thought-provoking subjects.
Published 2015-07-20.
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