There's an interesting article in the Post today about Abraham Verghese, physician and author of the recent Cutting for Stone.
That's right. It's not enough that he's out there saving people's lives. He has to go and write books as well.
And apparently they're good books. His first, a non-fiction account of his time treating AIDS/HIV patients in Johnson City, TN (My Own Country)was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and is a regular on the reading list of doctors in training. He draws comparisons to the other guy who had to do it all - Chekhov. His latest novel is something he hopes to be his "epic medical novel."
The article is an interesting read because he specifically talks about that organic process of writing - of having only the beginnings of a scene and nothing more - and moving from there - inspiring for Verghese, but apparently not so much for his editor.