Happy Tuesday everyone! Christoph Fischer, a multitalented writer, friend and a long time supporter of other writers, stopped by on my blog today and wrote a guest post just for you. Christoph, the stage is yours!
Did you ever ‘just know’ something, or experience sensations or see things that you really couldn’t have?
If you did, too, then you know that this was maybe not vampires or shifters but it was some kind of energy that can’t be measured, something beyond the normal.
There is a lot more to our lives than what is scientifically proven, isn’t there?
My thriller “The Healer”escapes the realm of normality by centring on the grey area between normal and super/ paranormal. I want to blurr these lines because I believe they are blurred.
I’ve been to psychics, tarot cards readers, energy healers and mediums and I have seen enough proof to trust that there is a lot to these things and yet, I have met my share of tricksters and charlatans in that field, too.
Arpan, the Healer in my book, is a faith healer, a practitioner of alternative medicine, intuitive energy work, Qi Gong and Reiki. His abilities and powers are where the normal ends and the para – or super-natural begins.
He has well documented success stories and worked with people who were never suckers for New Age medicine. Quite the opposite. They were inclined like Erica, my ill heroine, to be entirely skeptical and they have marched their way in and out of his care with an army of scientists.
One reviewer wrote:
“Arpan is a mysterious figure, however, and can’t be taken at face value. He is a man of some ego, no shortage of moodiness. And if there is something larger than life about him, there’s also something all too painfully human about him, and not in a good way. In short, I wouldn’t want to have to trust my life to this guy. He’s quite scary. And his actual motivations for getting involved with her therapy are never entirely clear. Is he a noble ends-justifies-the-means kind of guy, capable of thus rationalizing his totally unsavory tactics? Or are his ends every bit as uninspiring as his means?”
“Through Erica’s healing you experience the terror along with her, the emotional doubts and insecurities, the ups and downs, the kaleidoscope of emotions on display that is dealing with death and dying in a truly self-transformative way; a way that forces self-transcendence to some degree, win, lose, or draw. You begin to wonder early on if her anxiety attacks, the parade of misgivings and paranoid ideation are part of the intense healing of mind, body and spirit that can only be accomplished with total surrender to a spiritual master—as legends tell us. Or if they’re simply entirely sane reactions to this bizarre healer and her fears are entirely justified.”
“I’ve read quite a few books penned by spiritual masters, including an unusual Russian figure by the name of Gurdjieff, and P. D. Ouspensky, one of his disciples who wrote heavily about him. Students’ accounts of Gurdjieff and what it was like to deal with the man and the healer were quite similar to what our heroine undergoes with her faith healer. Does that mark him as the genuine article? Or just another nut case, to whom she’s just signed over all of her wealth and belongings? Once again, you just have to take the journey to find out, and very possibly, in taking it with her, you’ll be more than just fascinated, you’ll undergo some healing, some transformation, and some self-transcendence yourself. Which I think is very much the point in a novel of this sort.”
“One of the best-in-class books I’ve ever read in this sub-genre of spiritual fiction. That also goes for books on people dealing with cancer and or some other terminal illness, and struggling with the self-transformative process that implies. So, needless to say, highly recommended.”
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time to Let Go”, his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015, his latest historical novel “In Search of a Revolution” in March 2015 and his thriller “The Gamblers” in June 2015.
He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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Blurb of The Healer:
When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?
Thank you, Christoph! Readers, you can purchase a copy of Christoph’s book here!