Alan Reece is a young, unhappy vet, who thinks that getting called out in the night is about the worst thing that could ever happen to him.
This time, he’s right. A nocturnal encounter with a miracle will quickly turn into a nightmare, and as the world collapses around him, Alan will realise that he alone holds the key to a century-old secret.
Accompanied by Kate, a psychic-turned-physicist, and George, a credulous reporter, Alan will pit himself against a man who has already conquered death, and now has designs on the world.
Alan is going to discover that there are some things that really shouldn’t happen to a vet.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Soul Purpose and Past Tense are quite unusual novels – serious science fiction novels written in a light-hearted voice. Influenced by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and others, as I’ve written more books I’ve settled into my own style. I also bring the slightly strange perspective of the triumphs and tragedies of working as a modern veterinary surgeon to the table.
I also have jumped around a few different genres – Soul Purpose and Past Tense are science fiction novels, the Ancients is a fantasy story, and the Express Diaries is a horror novel set in the 1920s.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write write write! Practice really does make perfect in this field, so try and write a little every day – even if you don’t want to. The more you make yourself available to your muse, the more they will reward you!
Nicholas Marsh has never forgiven his parents for giving him a happy childhood, thus depriving him of the necessary angst and bottled-up rage to become a full-time writer. Not only that, his genetic inheritance has so far thwarted every attempt to grow a beard to make him appear dark and brooding. Four weeks of strenuous effort only result in a near-invisible fluffy covering that even a student would quickly shave off in embarrassment.
Since his late teenage years he is proud that he had managed to maintain his height at a constant five feet ten inches. If only everything in life were that simple. He currently works as a veterinary surgeon in Plymouth, UK, and doesn’t think the job is all that bad really. On his days off he spends his time being cruel to pot plants, drinking cups of tea and, occasionally, writing.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A few years after graduating as a vet, I decided to vent some steam about what it was like at the sharp end of veterinary practice. Me being me, however, I soon discovered that strange science-fiction happenings were creeping into the narrative. I let them creep, and ended up writing Soul Purpose (and it’s sequel, Past Tense) – think Doctor Who meets James Herriot (and if you can’t imagine such a thing, don’t worry! I’ve already written it for you)