Dr. Sarsfield presents his book here

Dr. Pete Sarsfield put aside his hat as the CEO and chief medical officer of the Northwestern Health Unit’s here last Friday evening and put on his one as author.
About 15 people crowded into St. Jude’s Gourmet Coffee Shop on Nelson Street, where Dr. Sarsfield explained the why, what, and how of his latest book, “Hollow Water,” which was published back in the spring.
“The why I write is because I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I seem to find some comfort in the effortless of words,” he remarked.
Many of Dr. Sarsfield’s stories–written in hotel rooms as his medical work brought him to communities all across Canada and overseas–are based on true stories.
And he has interspersed the glimpses of his travels with fictional tales–an unorthodox mixture he fought over with publishers.
“I’ve been convinced for a long time that the separation in society we have between fiction and non-fiction is wrong,” Dr. Sarsfield noted. “I said I wanted to have a book of non-fiction and fiction because I think the boundaries are blurred.”
His previous novel, “Running with the Caribou,” was a compilation of non-fictional accounts from his travels.
“The Caribou one they had in the non-fiction [section] but they had it in near ‘Sex Life of the Platypus’ or something,” he joked, part of a mixture of insight and humour that was apparent throughout the reading.
While Dr. Sarsfield sold a number of his books at the reading, some of those on hand were people who had already read both.
“Your writing has changed a lot in this one, it made me cry,” noted Tammy DeAmicis.
Dr. Sarsfield admitted he would like to write a novel some day but would have to give up his full-time job to do so.
“I write, on average, half-an-hour a day. For a novel, I’d be writing six or seven hours a day for a couple of years,” he explained. “I have one kicking around in my head I think I’ve been working on for about 10 years.
“A lot of people ask me how to write and to me that’s the simplest part. I’d say if someone said they feel they’re here to write, do it,” added Dr. Sarsfield, who has avoided the popular trend of including violent situations or cutting-edge intrigue in his writing.
“I personally think mystery of the human heart is the biggest one,” he reasoned.