For the last decade I've mostly been writing fiction aimed at the suspense or thriller genre - thus my last four novels, ending with Higher Forces. That's the basic story that I came back from my Guatemala adventure possessed by - and it's gone through several different renditions as I've struggled to get to the heart of the characters and the just-emerging mythic undertones. Then ... six months ago I had a breakdown and awakening related to that long-term project, and to writing fiction in general.
I've now rather seriously rewritten Higher Forces - first of all, I shifted totally into first person narration, which eliminated half the plot and freed me to focus on more fully and honestly revealing my main character's thoughts, feelings, visions, compulsions and so forth from the inside out. And ... I'll never go back to third person - this deeper level of narration feels finally like I've found my fiction voice. Hey, took a while. All I had to let go of was my commercial intent to write a mainstream blockbuster - and instead, just write.
But what's most important in this new High Heart version of my Guatemala adventure is that I became empowered and inspired to finally discover and reveal the mysterious main female character, Mahalena. Yes - finally! And I now can also openly admit that as a male writer, I am by nature pushing intense feminist themes. My male character Jack/Nokalito, freed from all the macho action, can now go through a number of jolting awakenings regarding his own macho programmings - and he becomes brave enough to let Mahalena lead him into sometimes bizarre but deeply heart-touching experiences that step by step transform his sense of who he is - and what Mahalena, as a new type of female hero, is pushing constantly to manifest however she can on our planet.
You can still buy and enjoy Higher Forces for its intense suspense-genre action - and it's probably what the film or miniseries version will draw strongly from for plot complications and all the rest. But I now offer High Heart as a deeper dimension of the overall story and characters.- finally Mahee gets to speak, to lead, to inspire and overcome ... yeah!
I also am changing the subtitle to: 'A lucid tale of love and discovery'. This new version delves into Jack's inner experience in ways I've never explored in fiction before. This is now indeed a lucid tale - we get so deep into Jack's inner experience that at times even he wonders if he's perhaps losing his mind in order to gain some primal union with Mahalena ...
The revised manuscript and miniseries treatment are just now going the rounds in Hollywood, so I haven't published the novel yet - I'm blindly hoping for a large publishing contract once I secure an option on the film rights. But meanwhile if you'd like to read the PDF prior to publication, just drop me a line!