Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Another Healing Revisited
On September 6, 2016, I'll be releasing my next novel, Another Healing Book II: Depth of Return.
This whole series started with a short story I wrote several years ago for a charity to support Doctors Without Borders. The theme was healing, and so I decided to write about a man who can actually heal just by touching someone. Of course, some conflict was needed, so I decided that the price he has to pay for healing someone is to fall in love with that person. But only until he heals his next patient. And since this story has a contemporary setting, he has to keep his ability, and the curse that goes with it, secret. Naturally, by the time the story begins, my main character, James, is slowly going insane, living a reclusive life in an RV and staying away from people as much as possible so he can avoid healing and the heartache that goes with it. But since he is basically a very nice guy, he can't help healing a man he finds dying in a car that's been hit by a truck. The man turns out to have a lovely rosebud tattoo near his navel which James becomes utterly obsessed with. And to his vast joy, Ambient is more than okay with that, and true love breaks the curse.
I was thrilled that readers seemed to like The Rosebud and the overwhelming response I got was that they wanted more. They wanted to find out why James could heal, how Ambient had managed to break the curse, and simply to see James and Ambient's relationship develop. And I wanted all these things, too, since I had no more idea about any of this than my readers did. So to find out, I wrote a novel called Another Healing. (Yeah, that's the way I work. I have no idea what I'm doing half the time -- I just do it and usually it sort of works out. As my editor friend tells me, I have to write my way into a plot.) By then, the rights to the original short story had reverted back to me, so I worked it into the opening of the novel.
Anyway, that's how my whole concept of witches and demons working together was born. James is a demon and Ambient is his witch, and they've been predestined to work together since before they were born. Eventually, they meet other witches and demons and begin to understand what's going on, and then there are some rogue demons who want to experiment on them, and they end up even stronger and more in love than when they met.
Happily, readers enjoyed the novel. By now, I was hooked on the whole concept, and the idea for Depth of Return was exploding in my head. I hadn't quite planned on it taking so long, but I know the novel has benefited from its slow cooking time. It definitely feels like a major offering to the world, and I have really, really put a lot of work into it.
There will be much more about Depth of Return in future blog posts, but for now HERE is a link to my author page on Amazon, where you can buy Another Healing, if you missed it the first time around, so you'll be all set and ready to go on September 6 when Depth of Return hits the world. (And of course check out my other available works.) Thanks.