I am pleased to announce my latest novel, ‘The Healer’ is now available on Amazon in e-book and print form. The Healer is a slight departure from my three previous novels insofar that it isn’t strictly part of the Science Fiction & Fantasy genre. That might seem strange since I have always described myself as a writer of speculative fiction. And while I would not necessary describe this as story falling within the fantasy genre, the power to cure is at least part of a fantasy world.
I would however more accurately describe the tone of the novel as an action-adventure romantic comedy. Remember those 1980 “Romancing the Stone” and “Jewel of the Nile” movies with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner? Maybe you’re too young. Here’s the tagline for the movie:
“She’s a girl from the city. He’s a reckless soldier of fortune. For a fabulous treasure, they share an adventure no one could imagine or survive.”
They were great movies. Well, maybe the “The Healer” is a tinsy-bit less spectacular plot than “Romancing the stone”, but I hope at least it can inhabit the same genre space. This is how I describe the story on the back cover:
“A shy young woman inherits her mother’s magical healing abilities. She wants nothing more than to be left alone to cure sick children, while remaining anonymous to the rest of the world. However, her activities draw the attention of an ambitious lawyer working for a billionaire dying from liver cancer. He is desperate for a cure and will stop at nothing to get it. But like her mother, who died curing others, her powers are limited and could cost her her life if she over-uses them. The lawyer hires a resourceful private investigator to find her. And so begins our story …
Looking back to my previous novel, “AndroDigm Park 2067” it’s been over four years since I published it. And while I didn’t start immediately on “The Healer” it has obviously consumed a lot of that time. Living so long with such characters it’s easy to let them get under your skin. It’s as if they come to life and you really know them. It’s like being a child again with imaginary friends. But sometimes that’s what writing is about. Now that “The Healer” is published I can move on and say goodbye to my invisible friends.