Dave Walker practiced anaesthesia in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa,
for 22 years before moving to the Middle East for six years. While in
practice he developed a special interest in intensive care and was Administrative Head of Grey’s Hospital ICU for a number of years. In the Middle East he was Head of the Anaesthetic Department at Tawam Hospital, United Arab Emirates. He currently lives in Cape Town. He is married to Dorelle and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.
He has ghost written two books and has a novel in process.
When did you first start writing?
My first piece was an article that I wrote for Boys' Own Magazine, a Canadian publication with a readership of over a million. I was sixteen and had just climbed Kilimanjaro. I wrote about that and won first prize in the magazine's competition. Then I went dormant for over forty years while I concentrated on becoming a doctor and then practicing as one. When I retired in 2009, I wrote articles for SA Country Life and then my first book, God in the ICU.
What is your writing process?
For my book, God in the ICU it was easy. There were incidents from working in the Intensive Care Unit that lived with me throughout my career. These were cases where God had come through in amazing ways in response to prayer. I used an autobiographical approach to have a time line on which to hang these stories. For my novel (still to be published), I had a basic idea of where the story was going and the story just grew organically from there as I wrote. It's exciting to see the story take on a life of its own as I work on it, Some days I'd come out of my office and say to my wife, "You'll never guess what happened to Jason (the main character) today!". It is huge fun.
biography of a praying anesthesiologist facing his own personal trials yet seeing lives profoundly impacted in response to prayer as well as intensive medical care. dramatic case histories of patients in the intensive care unit combine with moving human stories of a compassionate doctor calling on a god who cares and responds to prayer to make an un-put-downable read.