In my last post, I wrote about breaking barriers to love and about having genre identity. My newest novel does break barriers.
Unlike my other novels, AFTERLIFE is Christian Speculative Fiction. Though it has a hint of romance, the story is about humanity and faith. I call it my “The Martian meets Heaven is for Real.”
“Kalden Nicholas, a man of science, has lost all he loved on Earth, but the pull of space and new discoveries drives him on a one-way mission to the far reaches of the universe. Landing on a mysterious planet, his perceptions of life, death and beyond are challenged and tested in ways he could never have imagined. Finding renewed purpose, he returns to Earth where he learns that faith cannot be proven, and one person can make a difference. After all, Earth is just a training ground for the Afterlife.”
I did not set out to write this tale. My writing had been focused on two romance projects. A sermon in church hijacked my mind and focus. As I was seated in the pew, the sermon by the female minister captured my attention. The topic was heaven. Heaven!
Out of the blue I had a Eureka! moment. An unusual idea about Heaven swirled in my mind and wouldn’t let go. The writer in me pulled a small notepad out of my purse, and I began to jot down ideas.
Once home, I began my new novel. Setting aside my works-in-progress, I continued to write this new story. Actually, it wrote itself. Six months later, AFTERLIFE is set for release.
As an author, I’m a bit scared. This novel is out of my genre and truly speculative. AFTERLIFE is the first-person account of an astronaut with a one way journey into the unknown. It’s science fiction set in the future.
I’ll admit that as a teen I devoured books by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. As a freelance writer, I contributed to the scientific blog, Mysterious Universe. I have always found space travel interesting and profound. I’m a fan of NASA and Space X. Until this brainstorm, I never thought about writing science fiction space travel.
So, here I am, taking a giant step … a leap of faith.