My books all have elements of romance, mystery, misdeeds and good deeds, their purpose: to touch the reader’s soul.
Longer ago than I care to remember, I began teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language), which led to writing plays for language learners and an MA in Applied Linguistics. In tandem with this, I explored an interest in healing, even considering life as a Reiki practitioner but, instead, switched to writing novels and produced the Pandora Trilogy. Just like that!
Actually, it was quite hard work. Composing a work of fiction is by no means a walk in the park. It’s more like embarking on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago (the whole 500 miles).
My latest book, Temple of Dreams, is partly set in ancient Greece. Its underlying theme is a custom known as ‘temple sleep’, when those looking for physical and/or spiritual healing slept overnight in a temple sanctuary, known as an Asklepion, after Asklepios, Greek god of healing.
In the book, recently-orphaned Sebastian is a student of natural medicine at a college which boasts a replica sanctuary. He spends a night there and dreams of Apollos, a young Athenian defeated in a martial arts contest, suffering memory loss as a result. I won’t go on, as I don’t want to spoil it for you.
In the meantime, I must press forward with novel five. I’ve got as far as looking into yet another method of planning and writing a novel. But I’ll probably do as I always do: a little light planning followed by a lot of making it up as I go along. And in the case of Temple of Dreams, quite a lot of research. To each his (or her) own, I say.
Thanks for visiting my virtual home. I can’t offer you a cup of tea, but if you fancy a quick read, click over to JOTTINGS where you can browse random stories I’ve turned out when I should have been persevering with whichever ‘novel in progress’ was refusing to progress, at the time!