Updated: Apr 19
Must spirituality and scientific inquiry be separated by a tall wall with no windows? Or is there some space, some opportunity for discussion across such boundaries?
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not meaning to imply that we can apply scientific methodology completely to spiritual matters. After all, the claims of spirituality are ultimately not falsifiable, a key component of any legitimate scientific theory (sorry, conspiracy theorists). Yet, underneath scientific and spiritual or religious perspectives lie philosophical assumptions about the world and how reality works. And that is where we really get into the on-going debate in our modern world between religion and science.
I love these kinds of discussions when they can be done thoughtfully and with a genuine interest in understanding. Because of this, my first novel, Unidentified, dives right into the debate between belief in the spiritual and those driven to skepticism by reliance on empirical evidence a key to belief. But don't worry, it's not all debating back and forth (though there's a bit of that). There's also plenty of action and suspense.
One of my favorite things about writing a novel like this is the kinds of reactions I've gotten from the very twisted ending of the story. Some hate it, some love it, and plenty of people have their own theories as to what happened and why. As a storyteller, that's the dream (well, maybe not the whole having some people hate the ending, but at least they are expressing a genuine reaction that is something other than... meh).
I self-published Unidentified in 2015 as my first foray into publishing anything. Naturally, I made plenty of mistakes and learned a lot in the process. It has been five years and I'm excited to announce that DoxuNoûs Media has chosen the publish a new edition of Unidentified. The new edition features a whole new cover with a never before seen shot of actor and model Kate Paulsen.
This new trade paperback edition will be widely available from every major bookseller.
At any rate, if you feel like you're missing a witty and thoughtful debate like Mulder and Scully might have had on The X-Files and would like a fast-moving thriller that does not shy away from blurring the lines between sci-fi and horror, I definitely think you should check out Unidentified.