The Healer by Jeffrey G. Roberts ~ Author’s Spotlight

Posted November 10, 2014 by Michelle in AuthorsSpotlight / 0 Comments

AuthorSpotlight

I am honored to have on my blog today

Jeffrey G. Roberts

and The Healer

About the Author

Jeffrey G. RobertsI was born in New York City during Millard Fillmore’s administration. At least, I feel like that sometimes.

My Dad was a decorated ace in the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross. I think that’s where I got my love of aviation from. My Mom was a saint. Period.

I soloed on Halloween, 1968, from the old Burnside-Ott Aviation Training Center at Opa-Locka Airport in Florida, graduating from North Miami Senior High that same year. I remember it was a beautiful little Cessna 150. I graduated from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, in 1974, having received a Bachelor’s degree in writing and a Master’s in history. Flagstaff is the home of Lowell Observatory, where Percival Lowell did so much to further our understanding of Mars at the turn of the last century, and where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. It’s also the home of the U.S. Geological Survey, who were the 1st to process the pictures of Mars, sent from the old Mariner missions in the 60’s. N.A.U. astronomers were also the first to discover caves on Mars, due to the darker light at their entrances, when compared to the surrounding area.

I did awful in High School because I hated it. I did great in college because I loved it. No brainer. Now I know why Northern Arizona is called God’s country. Visit it sometime! I’ve climbed down to the bottom of the magnificent Grand Canyon (and yes, out again – obviously) and still feel the aches & pains some 40 years later. I’ve lived in Florida, New York, California, Ontario, Canada, and now Arizona again. And we come full circle.

I started writing seriously around 1978. Prior to that I suppose I wasn’t serious – shopping lists, addressing letters, hastily scribbled recipes, threatening notes to other car owners to get out of my parking space – things like that. Since then, I’ve written THE HEALER, plus 7 novels of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and numerous short stories.

I’ve always been attracted to the weird & unexplainable. I’m a great believer in UFO’s, and detest the conspiracy of silence concerning them. I believe the future of space commercialization lies in private enterprise. As such, I also believe that Mars should be our top priority. And what will we find when we get there? Remnants of an ancient civilization. And – of course – the infamous Face on Mars. Don’t believe me? Wait. As Fox Mulder said, “The truth is out there.”

My favorite authors? Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, James Thurber, Thornton Wilder, H.G. Wells, and many others, fiction and non-fiction, and too numerous to mention.

I did my Master’s thesis on THE LOST CONTINENT OF ATLANTIS. I was going to write on THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF SANTA CLAUS, but I was afraid of getting a lump of coal in my stocking that Christmas.

I love 60’s muscle cars, cheeseburgers, kittens & puppies, Enya, Mars, peace & quiet, fringe science, airplanes, suppressed inventions, the past, the future, the Philadelphia experiment, vexillology (the study of flags), NDE’s, Disneyworld, ghosts, and the wisdom of Edmund Burke, who said, “the only requirement for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do – nothing.”

The things I hate would require more storage capacity than the computers of the Starship Enterprise. So if you want to know, you’ll just have to wait until the 25th century!

I’m a type B introvert. I believe in the contemplative, quiet life. I believe in the Golden Rule – and live by it. I prefer the country to the city.
Someone once said that all speculative fiction begins with a two word premise: what if? Works for me.

Just remember, friends – at best, life is a joke. At worst, none of this is real; it’s all done with smoke & mirrors. Actually, life is a question of mind over matter; if you don’t mind – it doesn’t matter.

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About the Book

The Healer
The Healer
by Jeffrey G. Roberts
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 15th 2014 by Booklocker.com

Goodreads

Imagine you’re a doctor in 2181, on sabbatical on Mars to research the extinct Martians, deep within the titanic Face on Mars. Now imagine – using Martian technology – you’ve traveled to Alaska 168 years in the past to solve a baffling medical mystery. But, before returning home, terrorists have destroyed the only means to return to 2181 Mars. You’re now marooned in 2013! How will you survive – and risk healing the sick – using 22nd century science?

Chatting with the Author

1. Tell us about your book.
This is the premise of THE HEALER: What happens when a 22nd century doctor on sabbatical to Mars, suddenly finds himself – through terrorism – stranded 168 years and 150 million miles from loved ones? He finds himself in a strange & violent world – ours! How will he survive in modern day Anchorage, Alaska? Moreover, how will he heal the sick using 2181 medical technology, without risking exposure of his true identity? Bit while he dreams of someday returning home to his own time, and family, he has no choice; for he is – THE HEALER.
2. When you start writing a book, how do you know if it will be a series, or does that happen as you write?
A little of both; for instance, THE HEALER has a finale that is open-ended, as I originally intended it to be written for episodic TV or a feature film. This may or may not happen, but a sequel is a distinct possibility in the future.
3. Do you keep a notebook by you at all times, just in case an idea comes to mind?
Absolutely; a black & white composition book. And a pad. Many is the time I’ve had a great idea, convinced I’d remember it by the time I got home – then promptly forgot it – obliterated like a shaken Etch-A-Sketch.
4. How do you come up with the names of characters for your books?
If it’s a story with American characters I either simply make them up, or look in the phone book for ideas. If my characters are from another country, I rely on a 1996-1997 edition of The Statesman’s Yearbook, a directory of every country in the world, and the names of the people which make up their government. That gives me a wealth of ideas.
5. What made you want to write a book?
I wanted to create a world that did not exist- but might; characters that were not yet in existence- but could be; and situations that never happened- but someday could. A writer is like a god – creating, destroying, altering, then creating again. I have often wondered, in my over-active imagination, if, when I go to sleep at night, if my characters keep looking at their watches, frozen in time, waiting for the morning- when their creator would breathe life into them once again – to move, to love- to be!
6. Can you share a little of your current work with my readers?
The book I’m currently working on is a horror novel entitled “The Horror on the H.M.S. Cottingly”. It concerns an antique radio from the 1920’s that mysteriously washes onto a New Hampshire beach in 2014 – intact! And soon people around the small town of Rye Beach begin to inexplicably – vanish! Eventually, it al comes down to one radio station engineer to solve the mystery – and prevent hell on Earth!
7. How long did it take to write THE HEALER?
About a year and a half.
8. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
TV and ASMR You Tube videos are cathartic for me, and not only provide much needed relaxation, but are a font of ideas, as well. I also never miss the international evening news. I also read – obviously – being an aviation freak and UFO enthusiast. In addition, I love to travel the state of Arizona, where I live, and practice my photography. I’m also a great lover of music; some of my favorite artists being Enya, Jerry Rafferty, Ray Lynch, John Barry, Owl City, Classical music, and 60’s rock such as The Ventures, Moody Blues, and Yes.
9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice for aspiring authors is A- have patience, B- develop a thick skin, able to take rejection (something I have to work on daily!), and C- Persistence. A writer once said that, to be successful, an aspiring author should go out and buy all the books on the craft of writing you can, study them all – them throw them in the garbage! Because if you follow their advice to the letter, you know what your book will turn out to be? Bloodless, with no soul, no color, no voice. YOUR voice. YOUR style. How many writers in the past broke myriads of “literary rules”? Writers like Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Bradbury broke many. But in so doing developed their own style, their own recognizable voice. Learn your craft well, but then develop your own voice!
10. If you could recommend one book, which one would it be?
As the young George Washington said, “I cannot tell a lie” – THE HEALER!
11. How do you handle a bad review?
So far, the only bad reviews have come from rejection slips, which EVERY writer gets. I’ve gotten a 3-star review for my book, though the reviewer liked it very much. But I’ve also received 5-star reviews, as well for my book. What to do when you get a bad review? Go in your bathroom, shut the door, put your face in a pillow, and scream obscenities in 4 different languages. Then find the biggest piece of chocolate cream pie, and a glass of cold milk. Works for me!
12. Can you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?
A- I was born in New York City.
B- I moved to Arizona from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 4 years ago.
C- I’m a graduate of Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona, with degrees in writing and American History.
D- I’m a Pisces.
E- I’m a Type “B”.

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About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, three pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge, Author Luv, Bloggiesta and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!

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