Last spring I drove to Wales with my other half to take my mother-in-law shopping. As we crossed into Wales he told me that he had a dream about a healer with the ability to heal one ailment and one ailment only. That man would perform a miracle but it would come at a high price.
We discussed the possible scenarios of how that story could be told. We both watch a lot of crime fiction on TV together: “Bones”, “The Mentalist”, “Perception” and then some. I rarely suspect the person who did it, whereas my partner often knows the second a culprit is first introduced on the screen. So naturally, when I decided to write “The Healer”, I never meant to write it as a thriller. When I realised that the story however had to be a thriller and when I re-wrote it as such, I regarded it as a writing exercise for my eyes only. I never thought I would publish “The Healer” at all, until I got encouragement to do so from friends who read crime fiction a lot. It’s certainly no Grisham but a nice little story, I hope.
In my historical novels there was so much research and double checking to be done and in my books about Alzheimers and Mental Health there were also so many things to take into consideration, that I always had a tight framework. While writing “The Healer” I had much more freedom. I was doing it just for fun anyway and created the characters and the plot almost more for myself than for an audience. The research I needed to do came long after my first “The End”. A friend who works as Radiologist patiently answered all of my medical and technical questions. A trip to Prague established further details that up to then had been speculation. It was amazing to see it all come together.
Agatha Christie once said that she wrote her crime stories backwards, i.e. from the moment when the truth is revealed to the beginning, putting in all the clues that way. I don’t think I could have written it in a constructed, logical way, or deliberately planning it all from the start. I had a few possible scenarios in my head and left those open until the storyline cemented some of them shut.
Unlike my partner, I’m not a scientist and my ideas for the book (and my thoughts about medicine) are a little different from his. I have actually seen a large variety of healers myself over the years, some good, some not so great. I have witnessed miraculous improvements from such instances but I also saw some charlatans and fakers. The perfect position to write about a controversial and disputed figure such as my Arpan: I’m neither categorically for or against the profession of healers and have an ambiguous but very open mind.
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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?
Scheduled Release Date is Thursday January 15 2015
Here is a recent review for the book from an Advance Review Copy:
One of the best books I’ve read in a while, and written by a true craftsman, who knows his stuff. Set in UK and Europe, The HEALER covers areas that fascinate me, both geographic and medical, but from a whole new perspective. The research is detailed, and the plot has me wondering just what the various characters’ truths are. We have Erica/Maria as the woman diagnosed with Grade 4 pancreatic cancer seeking a miracle cure. And her workplace junior, Hilda, who becomes her best friend and support. Enter Amesh/Arpan, the hippy guru-styled healer, who believes he has lost his healing mission due to pharmaceutical giants, who in turn feel their empire is under threat if this healer is not completely shut down. But then again, with all their backing millions, they have been trying for a score of years or more, and Arpan has survived. Sure he went to ground, but… So add in his protégé, Anuj, who is more like a son to Arpan than protégé. Then there are the friends who are not as they first appear, and the enemies who are not as they first appear. So deftly woven is this story as to make an early assumption naïve. I am a great fan of Fischer’s books, and know that when I choose one, I will not in any way be disappointed. This is yet another, to join my growing select collection.
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 hamlet, not far from Bath. 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. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.